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Lucas County Cemeteries Historical Association (LCCHA)

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The LCCHA is a group of volunteers that have a passion to improve the records of burials in Lucas County, Ohio, so that anyone can easily locate a burial of interest to them.
We are non-paid, non-profit, archival, cultural, historical and educational; a class A82 organization that interprets, collects and preserves the historical heritage of this specific geographic location.

Our Mission

Preserving the historical heritage of Lucas County through its cemeteries and burial records.

New Members are Welcome!

You can make a difference! If you believe in our mission, if you have an interest in the history of this region, if you are doing genealogy research and are hitting a brick wall & can't find an ancestor's burial info, if you want to have a hand in improving the area's cemeteries, then become a member. Membership dues are $10 for the 2nd half of 2023 and, then, you automatically are a voting member. Make checks payable to: "LCCHA" and put "membership" on memo line. This is for calendar year 2023. Mail to Treasurer Frank Butwin, 26919 Shawnee Drive, Perrysburg OH 43551. Cash or credit card are also acceptable. For credit card payments, tag the donate button above (be sure to add a note of your name, your Email address & the "membership LCCHA" text.).
We typically have monthly meetings. You can then express your interest there, if you would like to volunteer your time to help on our projects. Volunteering is not a requirement if you are a member, just encouraged. The sort of tasks that you may enjoy doing are: transcribing from paper to digital, photographing, drafting, data entry, historical research, organizing, web design, data mining, cemetery field work, ensuring that the online Find-a-Grave is complete, etc.).

Or just donate to our cause. For those that just want to give a donation, a small donation, of just $25, $10, or even just $5 will allow us to buy the equipment and supplies to improve the burial records, markers & maps. We are a 501(c)(3) public tax exempt charity and we have no paid staff, so we totally rely on your donations to keep operating and 100% of your tax-exempt donation or endowment goes to our non-profit charity's good works (e.g. see projects below).
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Make a commemorative donation for a loved one who has died recently.
For questions/comments/suggestions, please sign the Guestbook (don't include any personal info - anyone can view the guestbook.).

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Current Work Projects:

  • Correction of all city or township cemetery database errors.
  • Add missing burials to all city or township cemetery databases.
  • Make accurate, legible, and online accessible maps of every cemetery. Create map wall posters as requested.
  • Make online lists of all burials with a defined grave location within the cemetery.
  • Document every military veteran's grave location & update Lucas County Recorder's database. Make veteran burial leaflets (list & maps) and place veteran-here markers to assist/guide veteran groups' flag placement on Memorial Day.
  • Scan/digitize paper cemetery records to an digital form as a back-up.
  • Transcribe paper cemetery records to a searchable on-line digital form.
  • Update Find-A-Grave records (additions, corrections, photographs, GPS, etc.). Clean and enhance inscriptions prior to photographing gravestones.
  • Provide information that assists people looking for a single grave, or the family members in a plot, in Lucas County.
  • Provide links to other websites that have useful information (cemetery-related, death certificates, obituaries, etc.).
  • Conduct historical research on early cemeteries of Lucas County.
  • Advocate for maintenance of cemetery grounds, roadways, monuments, and gravestones.
  • Advocate for (or uncover) section markers, lot markers, roadsigns, and other signage as directional aids to all graves.
  • Write grants to take on new special projects of historical importance to the area.
  • Special Project - Next Bissell-Stickney Wetland Trash Clean-up Event will be in the Spring of 2024.- This is a restoration of a wetland site just to the northeast of Forest Cemetery to make it a wildlife preserve.

Tools to find a person's burial location and records:

The LCCHA is supported in part by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated by the City of Toledo and the Lucas County Commissioners and administered by The Arts Commission.

Please observe Constitution Day this year.

If you shop at Kroger, please consider adding the "Lucas County Cemeteries Historical Association" (ID# JB688) to your card's charity of choice.

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Even though we are non-paid volunteers, we comply with the Equal Opportunity Employment Ohio mandate. We are exempt from the Ohio minimum wage law and the USERRA as a charity with no wage earners (i.e. no employees). We are fully committed to "diversity" as defined as "A person of any background can join our association". We are committed to "Equity" as defined as "equal standards for all individuals in our association". We are committed to "inclusion" as defined as "allowing people of every background and identity to participate".
All LCCHA members are volunteers. Liability for member actions are covered by the Federal Volunteer Protection At of 1997. So, all LCCHA should read this prior to joining LCCHA.

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The platinum seal is the highest rating for a non-profit charity. The LCCHA is committed to full transparency of our charity. We have no salaries, so 100% of any endowment or donation goes to advance our mission.