Friday, August 21, 2009

Could your ancestor's tombstone be moved for lawn maintenance?

A disturbing article about how one's perspective could change the face of a cemetery.

According to an article in the Mansfield News Journal, "Trustees authorized work crews to displace headstones at the Nave Cemetery, upsetting members of the Ohio Genealogical Society last week." and one trustee was quoted as saying, "As trustees, we don't rebuild cemeteries, we're not genealogists."

And that's exactly the reason that a partnership with the local genealogical society prior to the moving of headstones might have held off the current turmoil. Could your ancestor's stone be the next one moved "to make lawn maintenance easier?"

Read the story called "Springfield trustee: Tombstones can't be put back" at the

1 comment:

GrannyPam said...

I suspect this is far more common than I realized. We visited a small rural cemetery in Scipio Township cemetery, Seneca County, Ohio. We hoped to visit the grave of my husband's ancestor, whose name was listed on a transcription of the cemetery done years before. We found many of the gravestones broken and stacked at the edge of the cemetery along a fence row. I know it was easier to move them than to repair or reset them. But our chance to find our ancestors grave was lost.