The most recent news announcements from “Find a Grave” are ones to take note of – Transfer of Memorials / Request to Manage AND Memorials for the Recently Deceased – Also, choosing your close relationship

There have been some recent changes announced by “Find a Grave“; a familiar website to its vast number of contributors and researchers alike who rely on it for information perhaps not found anywhere else on the Internet.  

Someone’s interest may lie beyond only needing to find the location of a gravesite to the excitement of seeing for the first time an ancestor’s grave marker thanks to a dedicated Find A Grave photo volunteer who honored a photo request.  By the way, please don’t forget to send your “thank you note” to whomever fulfilled your photo request so they are aware of your appreciation of their time and efforts extended on your behalf.
If you are new to using Find a Grave and/or primarily utilize it to upload memorials without spending time browsing around its links on the main page, you may not be aware of all of the information the website provides.  

Focusing here on the link for Find a Grave News. January 11, 2022 contains two impactful news announcements that are important to read and review. 

One is titled “Transferring Memorials“that includes a link to the “Help Page” taking you to the “Request to Manage” page. 

This page on Find a Grave offers a discussion of the details of this topic with specific links for the contents.  

Among the information is a paragraph providing the Find a Grave email address of which is good to be aware of if further help is required.
The other January 11, 2022 announcement concerns “Memorials for the Recently Deceased“. 

The changes became effective January 11, 2022 applying to Find a Grave memorials added after that date.

The sub-categories are: 

“Memorials by a Relative”,
“Memorials Managed by Someone who is Not a Relative”
Tying in with these changes is the ability to show your close relationship to the relative or ancestor that will display on their Find a Grave memorial. 

Sharing screen captures of my father’s memorial to help illustrate the process to show your close relationship.: First click on the down arrow to the right of the EDIT button shown with a dark gray background and white letters.:

Next, click on “Edit Memorial” that appears as the top choice.:

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page where you see “Are you a close relative?” There you will see your choices of: Spouse/Partner; Child; Parent; Grandchild; Grandparent; Sibling; Aunt/Uncle; Niece/Nephew; or Cousin.  **Remember what you choose is to denote your  relationship to the deceased.**

In my example, I am the child of the deceased person for whom this Find A Grave memorial was created so I clicked on “Child” as my choice. 

For a further in-depth look at the finer points of these changes, here is a link to a January 11, 2022 You Tube video posted by nationally known genealogist Amy Johnson Crow.:

“A MAJOR Update to FindAGrave – 2022 – What You Need to Know”- 2022 –  “Genealogy with Amy Johnson Crow” .

The Pickaway County Auditor has posted on its website an announcement of an upcoming  “Forfeited Land Sale”.

This is Auditor’s Sale will be held on November 9, 2021 – at 10:30a.m. at the Pickaway County Courthouse – 207 South Court Street, in Circleville, Ohio 443113 – phone number to court house is 740-474-6026.

“Notice of Auditor’s Forfeited Land Sales”
The lands, lots, and parts of lots, in the County of Pickaway, forfeited to the state for the nonpayment of taxes, together with the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest, and costs charged on them, agreeably to law, will be offered in an Auditor’s Sale on November 9, 2021, beginning at 10:30 am at the Pickaway County Courthouse, 207 S. Court St., Circleville, OH 43113. Clink on the link below for the list of properties that will be offered for sale.

There have been several previous auctions held in March, June, and July of 2020 where Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Walnut Township, Pickaway County, was scheduled to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Sadly, there were no bids made in any of these auctions for the cemetery. Thus, now the five parcels of land included for Floral Hills Memory Gardens will once again be part of a land sale with the hope that this cemetery, shown as owned by the State of Ohio, will be sold.

Now, looking back on some past history, we turn our attention to this notice published in the “Circleville Herald”:
Publish Date:
Friday, September 27, 2019
Notice Content

“Notice is hereby given that an action against Ronald L. Downey and Joseph L. Miller, in the Court of Common Pleas, Pickaway County, OH, 207 S. Court Street, Circleville, OH 43113, was filed on 3/14/19 styled Ellery Elick, Treasurer, Pickaway County, Ohio, Plaintiff v. Ronald L. Downey, et al, Defendants, Case No. 2019DLT003.

The Complaint is to foreclose the lien of real estate taxes due and payable on the real property known as Floral Hills Cemetery, US 23 and Little Walnut Road, Circleville, OH 43113, PPN M30-0-004-00-037-00, M30-0-004-00-033-02, M30-0-004-00-048-00, M30-0-004-00-038-00 and M30-0-004-00-039-00, last transfer
OR Vol. 615, Pg. 2642;
OR Vol. 646, Pg. 2365.

Legal description can be viewed on the Pickaway County Recorders website at The prayer in the complaint is: 1. The Treasurer be found to have a good and valid lien on the within described real property, in the sums of $55,246.63, 11,974.61, 8,648.27, 8,648.27 and 976.67, respectively, plus accrued taxes, assessments, penalties, interest and costs. 2. That all defendants be required to set up their claims or be forever barred. 3. That unless the amount found to be due to this plaintiff be paid within a reasonable time as established by this Court, the equity of redemption be foreclosed and an order of sale issue to the Sheriff of Pickaway County, Ohio directing him to sell the real property which is the subject of this action as provided in 5721.19 ORC. 4. Such other and further relief in law and in equity as proper. All defendants are required to answer the complaint within 28 days after the last publication of this notice which will be published once each week for six successive weeks. The last publication will be made on 11/01/19 and the 28 days for answer will commence on that date. if defendant fails to answer or otherwise respond as required, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. Jeffrey A. Catri Asst. Prosecuting Attorney Pickaway County, Ohio 203 South Scioto Street, P.O. Box 910 Circleville, Ohio 43113 (740) 474-6066 Phone JAMES W. DEAN, CLERK OF COURTS 207 SOUTH COURT STREET CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO 43113 (740) 474-5231 September 27, 2019 October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 Nov 1, 2019 Circleville Herald – 561581″

W.P.A. Cemetery Plat Maps for Coshocton County, Ohio now in a Flickr collection

These map images were converted from the .PDF format into .JPG format (picture format) from the website of the Coshocton County Engineer’s Office.  

The collection of W.P.A. Cemetery Plat Maps for Coshocton County, Ohio. 

The Coshocton County cemeteries locator map, showing the names of the townships, enables the viewer to “hover” over the tiny black cross symbols and click on them to see the cemetery names. Clicking on an arrow brings up the maps. See example below.:


Once again, as is customary with other Ohio county W.P.A. Cemetery Plat map collections on Flickr, the arrangement is set up alphabetically by township name and cemetery name.

The map pages in the Coshocton County collection do not have page numbers.  

A few map images are essentially numbered burial plot drawings created for surveys.

See example below dated October 1, 2012.:


Please note, various township cemetery plat maps have the listing of veterans names and the designated numbers for the wars they served in, however, the actual burial locations are not given.  Some other maps have only partial burial locations provided for veterans.  


Additionally, for West Lawn Cemetery in Oxford Township, Coshocton County, it is owned and managed by the Village of Newcomerstown in Tuscarawas County.  These map images are in a darkened but readable condition.  Traced and drawn during June – July, 1939 by Mr. John A. Limbaugh, the West Lawn Cemetery map sections are in multiple pages; some containing veterans names.:


In conclusion, Coshocton County’s W.P.A. Cemetery maps collection includes what I feel is among the most outstanding looking cemetery maps that I have seen thus far in any county.  It includes the veterans names, war number designations, burial locations, and is easy to read! It is for the Plainfield Cemetery in Linton Township.: 


Here is a link to the Coshocton County Cemeteries as they exist on Find A Grave.