Cemetery tombstones, or sexton's records, may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse, names of children, and maiden names. Less often, they contain birth places. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. There are also abbreviations that give clues when deciphered. Also, family members may be buried in the same plot or nearby. The Association of Gravestone Studies (AGS) has recommendations on the treatment and care of tombstones when needing to make inscriptions more visible. There are several major collections of Ohio cemetery records created by various organizations that transcribed tombstones and sexton’s records. Not all cemetery records are computerized and the records may be recorded on "lot" cards.
When trying to find the location of a cemetery search each collection because no collection includes all the cemeteries, although there maybe some duplication. Be sure to try the websites listed in the online resources part of this page.
- Exploring almost forgotten grave sites in Ohio a blog with extensive information on Ohio Cemeteries.
- Epodunk has a comprehensive cemetery list for Ohio. These can be searched for by individual cemetery name, city, or by county.
- A few cemetery lists by county can be found at Access Genealogy
- Some older cemetery lists have been reprinted in Ohio Cemetery Records : Extracted from the "Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly." (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1984) FHL film 1320550 item 15; book 977.1 V3oh
- Exploring almost forgotten grave sites in Ohio a blog with information on Ohio Cemeteries.
- Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland has information on Cemeteries in Cleveland.
- Ohio Cemetery Preservation Society
- Ohio Genealogical Society Cemetery Committee
- Daughters of the American Revolution. Genealogical Collection. Many volumes have individual indexes. This collection is arranged by county and consists of transcripts of Bible, cemetery, church, marriage, death, obituary, and probate records.
- Baldwin, Henry R., The Henry R. Baldwin Genealogical Records  The first seven volumes are cemetery records. and include church, military, cemetery, court, and family data from eastern Ohio during 1867 to 1913.
- Ohio Cemetery Records 
- Transcriptions of cemetery records compiled by local genealogical groups or individuals are available at the Family History Library for most counties in Ohio. The Family History Library also has microfilm copies of sexton and mortician records from some counties. The Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog lists more of these records under:
- OHIO - CEMETERIES
- OHIO, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES
- OHIO, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CEMETERIES
The known names and locations of Ohio cemeteries and information about published transcriptions are given in:
- Ohio Cemeteries 
- Ohio Cemeteries Addendum 
- A county-by-county list of cemetery record transcripts available at the Family History Library as of 1988 is found in: Family History Library Catalog, Index to United States Cemeteries. 
- LDS Cemetery Records
- Many cemetery records are published in periodicals. See the Ohio Periodicals and see Periodical Source Index (PERSI).
- Tip: If you know the name of the cemetery or the town and/or county your people were buried in, you can sometimes find online cemetery inscriptions by using a search engine such as "Google" and using the search terms “county or city you are looking for” + cemeteries or “West Cemetery” + Cuyahoga.
The following websites have Ohio cemetery records online:
OnlineThe following websites have some cemetery listings for Ohio State.
- Findagrave.com Search for names Enter at least a last name then click Search. Can narrow by first names or dates.
- This site frequently has tombstone images
- List of cemeteries statewide for cemeteries in their database
- You may need to narrow by county
- Go to Find A Grave Home page, click Search for a cemetery, select the state (Ohio), then select from the county list, and press Search.
- Click on the number below Interments for a cemetery to access names. Click Records arrow to scroll through to the end.
- You may need to narrow by county
- Web: Ohio, Find A Grave Index, 1665-2012 Free at Ancestry.com ($) State.
- Limestones.blogspot Exploring almost forgotten grave sites.
- Ohio Cemetery Records (at Ohio Genealogy) Cemetery records organized by county and city.
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at: Ohio, Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Genealogical Collection. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970. FHL films 862012 (first of 76)
- Baldwin, Henry R., The Henry R. Baldwin Genealogical Records (Fort Wayne, Indiana Allen County Public Library) FHL fiche 6051349; book 977.1 D2bh
- (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.) FHL films 873854 item 7 and 873855 items 2-3.
- Smith, Maxine Hartmann, ed. Ohio Cemeteries (Mansfield, Ohio: Ohio Genealogical Society, 1978.) FHL fiche 6051415; book 977.1 V34o
- Klaiber, Teresa L. M., ed. Ohio Cemeteries Addendum (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, 1990.) FHL book 977.1 V34o supp.
- (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988.) FHL films 1206485-86