CEMETERY DOCUMENTATION PROJECT
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The Department of Public Service began a project several years ago to document all of it's grave sites. The project includes taking photographs of each headstone and government marker, as well as verifying burial information through government and military records, local resources and family histories. In 2010, we began obtaining G.P.S. co-ordinates for all known graves within Otterbein, Pioneer and Olde Methodist Cemeteries. All this information was then combined to create an interactive map to aid family members in finding their loved ones and researchers in finding ancestors or descendants. Helpful tips for using the map to its full potential are provided below.
Note: Only Pioneer Cemetery is completed at this time. We are currently working on the Knox Section (newer portion) of Otterbein.
Grave Color Coding
* Red/White/Blue gradient shading indicates a Veteran
* Blue indicates the grave has not been used
* Green indicates a burial on the grave site
* Green (shaded) indicates a stone has been placed for future use
* Searches are not case sensitive
* Searches are not limited to exact names.
Example: Type: "john"
Results: Johnson, Johnston, etc.; everyone whose first name is John
* Enter as much criteria as possible to avoid being inundated with results
Example: Type: "an" for "Ann" or "Anne"
Results: in the hundreds
* Once criteria is entered, click on the search button, not the enter key on the keyboard.
* Search results may be alphabetized by clicking on any of the column headings.
* Clicking on the heading a second time will reverse the order.
* Graves containing the search criteria will be outlined in yellow on the map.
* Click on a result to zoom to that particular grave site.
Using the Map
* To zoom in on the map use the zoom tool on the upper left side of the screen or the mouse scroll feature.
* To re-position the map, hold down the left mouse button and drag.
* Zoom in to view the following: lot numbers, grave numbers, and finally names and dates of death.
* Click on a grave site to view a snapshot containing birth date, death date, headstone icon and obituary link.
(Note: Due to a technical problem names and dates may not appear on some graves. We are currently working to resolve this issue. The snapshot will still appear by clicking on the grave.)
Family members are encouraged to contact the Westerville Public Service Department with any additional information or corrections.
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