Articles

They're Only Stones

A couple of stories about the local cemeteries and the importance of preservation.

Who's Henry?

A 47-year-old question.

The Forgotten Ones

Preserving our history.

WCCPS Invited to Seneca County

Assisting other groups.

Mike McCann Documents and Confirms Information He Finds on Area Graves

Success in Medina County by WCCPS member.

Students Looking for Graves

Positive association with the College of Wooster.

Graveyard Preservation

Some suggestions by Lynette Strangstad.

Please, Please, Please Treat Cemeteries with Respect

Up Front with NGS

Welcome to WCCPS

Please let us introduce ourselves to you. We are a genealogical organization that is working for YOU and anyone who has ancestors from Wayne County. Our name is The Wayne County Cemetery Preservation Society. As our name suggests, one of our main goals is to preserve all the graves and cemeteries of the county, but the reason for our formation and being encompasses much more than “saving cemeteries.”

We have made it our goal to accomplish the following tasks:

  • To pinpoint and to record the exact location of every cemetery inside the borders of Wayne County and to make that information available to the public.
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  • To collect and record to the best of our ability the most accurate information that can be obtained from the inscription on every tombstone in the county that is in danger of weathering away or being destroyed.
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  • To photograph and archive pictures of all the cemeteries and threatened tombstones in the county, so that a historic record of our ancestors' headstones will be retained for future generations.
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  • To compile basic genealogical and historic data relating to the persons who are buried in our early cemeteries and of the early churches associated with them.
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  • Finally, to bring to the attention of the appropriate authorities any persons who would cause or aid in the destruction of any of our historic markers or cemeteries.

This Is A Cemetery….

Lives are commemorated, deaths are recorded, families are reunited, memories are made tangible, and love is undisguised. Communities accord respect, families bestow reverence, historians seek information, and our heritage is thereby enriched. Testimonies of devotion, pride and remembrance are carved into stone to pay warm tribute to accomplishments and to the life, not death, of a loved one.

The cemetery is homeland for family memorials that are a sustaining source of comfort to the living. A cemetery is a history of people, a perpetual record of yesterday, and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth remembering – always.

Genealogical Research Requests

WCCPS is always ready to help when a cemetery is threatened or someone has a cemetery related question, but please do not submit your requests for personal research at this time. We are still busy reading, recording and researching the tombstone inscriptions in all sixteen Wayne County townships. Until our job is complete, we encourage you to contact the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio for genealogical requests. WCCPS is dedicating its time toward gathering information in order to be able to present to the public in the near future the most accurate and complete listing of burials within the borders of Wayne County, Ohio. Although we cannot take time to disseminate information, we do welcome incoming information such as the history of a church or cemetery, church or private burial records, word of a lost cemetery or the knowledge of a person’s burial without a tombstone or marker.