Sheep Pen Cemetery Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop – June 25, 2016 – 8:00a.m. to Dusk!

****Enrollment slots open!****


“The Historical Society of Greenfield, Ohio, will host a Cemetery Preservation and Restoration Workshop on June 25, 2016, at the Sheep Pen Cemetery beginning at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until dusk (or as long as you can stay that day).

Conducting the workshop will be Gravestone Guardians of Ohio

During the workshop you will learn the proper techniques of cemetery restoration and repair ~ identifying, cleaning & repairing grave markers. “

Click Here for Enrollment Information

(Photographs below courtesy of Scott Andersen)

***Below is the Noah McVay marker that Scott Andersen cleaned and reset***


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****Surnames at Sheep Pen Cemetery****

Aber, Barkley, Beals (Bales), Bennett, Best, Boyd, Brock, Crooks, Daugherty, Dick, Dorman, Geller, Goodwin, Irwin, Kelley, Limes, McVay, McWilliams, Penwell, Rogers, Roosa, Shepherd, and Yohn. 

Reminder: “Buried Beneath Cleveland: Lost Cemeteries in Cuyahoga County” Presentation by the Book’s Author, William G. Krejci – Lakewood Public Library, Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 7:00pm.

If you missed attending the presentation by William G. Krejci at the Avon Lake Public Library this past week, you will have another chance coming up to attend one next week at the Lakewood Public Library. 



The dead do not always rest in peace. Occasionally, they wind up in the backyard. As towns grew in Cuyahoga County during the late 1800s, many of its cemeteries were relocated to make room for urban sprawl. But not all of these graves made the journey. 

Author William G. Krejci tracks down more than fifty displaced cemeteries throughout the Greater Cleveland area. 

Discover the Revolutionary War veterans, famous scientists and illustrious dignitaries found beneath gas stations and grocery stores in this eerie history of Cuyahoga County’s forgotten dead.”

Good Practices vs. Bad Practices in Cemetery Preservation — Learn What They Are!

Mark Morton of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio will be giving a presentation on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 7p.m. at the Pickaway County Historical and Genealogical Society’s Library in Circleville, Ohio

(above message courtesy of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio)


Pickaway County Historical and Genealogical Society’s Library – Circleville, Ohio:

10 North Court Street 

Circleville, Ohio 43113

Library Hours: 

Tuesday – Friday 

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 



9:00 a.m. – Noon

Closed Holidays &

Friday after Thanksgiving

Closed Christmas Eve thru New Years

Phone: (740) 474-9144 

fax: (740) 474-8762

Sharing “Before & After Photos” of the Harvey Limes Gravestone that was Cleaned with D/2 Biological Cleaner. Sharing a Reminder to Learn and Follow Safe and Do No Harm Best Practices for Cleaning Your Ancestors’ Gravestones!

Harvey Limes before and after cleaning side by side resized version

Harvey Limes gravestone at Walnut Creek Cemetery, Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio

D/2 Biological Solution has proven to be an easy to use, safe for humans and the environment, and an effective biological cleaner on gravestones of various compositions  including marble, limestone, sandstone, and granite.  It has shown to be a leader in its field.  Thus, I wanted to share my “before cleaning” and “after cleaning with D/2 Biological Cleaner” photographs of the Harvey Limes stone that was cleaned in July, 2015.

I like to spend time researching products and reading reviews and testimonials, and hearing from experts in a field who have used products.  So, I was confident before I began that D/2 would be effective and safe in all aspects.  I still wore my plastic gloves and donned a face mask “just in case”, but they may not have been necessary.  I followed the instructions also provided by the manufacturer to be sure I was applying “D/2” properly; always a smart thing to do!

It must be remembered that not every gravestone truly requires cleaning.  Each one should be properly assessed before embarking on any cleaning.  Distilled water is also recommended for washing and rinsing.

We know that NO power tools should ever be used on gravestones to clean and/or “polish” them; nor are power washers safe for use on a gravestone.

The best way to learn how to properly clean gravestones is to attend hands-on cemetery presentation workshops conducted by instructors who are known to use only approved methods from such organizations as the National Park Service, and the Association for Gravestone Studies.  They subscribe to using Do No Harm practices.

The NCPTT of the National Park Service will be holding a Cemetery Preservation Workshop on September 10th, 2015 in Paducah, Kentucky, if you wish to learn from Jason Church of the National Park Service, who is conducting the workshop, please check out the link above to learn more details.

More Details Announced about the Upcoming Connersville, (Fayette County, Indiana), Cemetery Preservation Workshop – May 9, 2015

 “Here is what you have all been waiting for – Ticket Registration for our Workshop in Fayette County, Indiana! There has been a lot of interest in this workshop, so purchase your tickets soon to make your reservation.

Mt. Zion Cemetery is located close to Connersville, Indiana, 47331, and is very centrally located in the tri-state area of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio making this an easy day-trip to attend this workshop.”

Click on the link below to get started! 


Here is Mark Morton’s Bio:

“We started Gravestone Guardians of Ohio through the long road of genealogy. This began with making a week long quest to look up ancestors in their final resting places amongst the cemeteries of Ohio.

As I hunted through the tombstones, I found so many in need of saving before they became lost to time forever. After this venture into my family’s past, I resolved to learn the best preservation methods possible. This search was not unlike my search for ancestors. 

Like any good genealogical search, it meant being a good detective and not picking up the first piece of information and calling it a day. It meant being thorough by calling around, e-mailing preservation groups, attending workshops, and taking on cemetery preservation as a skill to be learned like any college class or vocational training. 

This led me to attending preservation conferences organized by the NCPTT, the National Center for Preservation Training & Technology.  They are by far the experts in the field of preservation and guide the preservation of our nation’s most historic treasures. 

This knowledge gave me the skill set to cover the three main topics of cemetery preservation:  proper cleaning, proper repair, and proper resetting.  As a result of this, we use the best proven cleaners, mortars, and epoxies in the field.

But stopping there is not good enough for us.  We constantly attend new workshops and conferences every year to stay on the cutting edge of this relatively new preservation field. We always want to do what is best for the cemetery and tombstone. 

We also do our best to pass on this knowledge through holding workshops and classes across the country. 

Our goal is to always promote cemetery awareness & education through the example of our work. 

For examples of this work and education, please regularly visit our webpage at:


 We wish you much success in you tombstone or cemetery preservation endeavors.”

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Mark Morton

Sharing A Wedding Photograph that Needs a Proper Home

Sharing a marriage photograph of groom, John Lewek and his bride, Franceszka (Frances) Brzezina. 

This photograh was found in the Second Thyme Around Antique shop in Oldmsted Falls, Ohio, December 27, 2014 – $49.00.
The couple married November 7, 1914 at a Saint Stanislaus Church.


 Below is the reverse side of the photograph with handwritten biographical information.12-27-2014 - GRAND PACIFIC JUNCTION - REVERSE OF LEWEK PHOTO - 212-27-2014 - GRAND PACIFIC JUNCTION - FRONT OF LEWEK PHOTO


Name: John Lewek
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Tract 959, Hamtramck, Hamtramck City, Wayne, Michigan, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 48
Marital Status: Married
Race (Original): White
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Birthplace: Poland
Birth Year (Estimated): 1892
Last Place of Residence: Same House
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
John Lewek Head M 48 Poland
Frances Lewek Wife F 47 Poland
Alexander Lewek Son M 22 Michigan
Edward Lewek Son M 18 Michigan
District: 82-114 , Family Number: 236 , Sheet Number and Letter: 13A , Line Number: 12 , Affiliate Publication Number: T627 , Affiliate Film Number: 1830 , Digital Folder Number: 005461715 , Image Number: 00785

“Find A Grave” To Hold a “Global Cemetery Meet Up” on October 18, 2014

“Find A Grave” / “” have announced on their websites and blog an upcoming event called a “Global Cemetery Meet Up” and we are all invited to join!:

 From “Find A Grave”:

“Attend this special event or plan one of your own. Visit a cemetery in need to take photographs and videos of headstones, explore the grounds, and share stories and discoveries with others who want to make a difference. With your thoughtful contributions, history will never be forgotten.”

“Use #FGDay to post your pictures and videos to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.”


Click HERE to learn more about how to participate.