Wednesday, December 3, 2008

MEET "THE GRAVEYARD RABBIT OF MOULTRIE CREEK (FLORIDA)"



DENISE OLSON


the Graveyard Rabbit of Moultrie Creek


The fifth in a series featuring the members of

The Graveyard Rabbit Association

presented in order of their membership.



Like most family history addicts, graveyards are an important part of my research and I've spent more than my share of time wandering through them looking for ancestors. However, until Terry announced his Graveyard Rabbits project, I hadn't spent much time thinking or writing about the cemetery itself. That changed the instant Terry's invitation to participate in The Association of Graveyard Rabbits landed in my mailbox.



I was born and raised here in St. Augustine, Florida, the beginning of European settlement in the United States. We will soon be celebrating the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon's arrival in this area (1512) and follow that with the 450th anniversary of St. Augustine proper (1565). Of course there had to be a Rabbit telling the stories of the people who lived and died here and their final resting places. Without even thinking, I quickly volunteered.


Since then I've been digging into the history of the high profile cemeteries in town - and discovering just how fascinating this new pastime can be. First there's the history of the cemetery itself, then there are the stories of the inhabitants. My research has taken me to some unexpected places - like New England to find a cemetery index for our local "Huguenot" cemetery and West Point for details on some of the Soldiers interred in the Dade Monument. I'm also beginning to look at some of the smaller cemeteries around the county and hope to focus on them in the coming months.


The reason this Rabbit hails from Moultrie Creek is because that is where I currently live with my husband of 22+ years. It's a beautiful area just south of St. Augustine and the view of the creek from our back porch provides constant inspiration. As it turned out, the name "Moultrie Creek" is unique enough to be available as a username on almost every online platform I've joined. It was a sign!


The Graveyard Rabbit of Moultrie Creek (http://moultriecreek.us/rabbit) is just one of several blogs headquartered Creekside. I've been writing Family Matters (http://moultriecreek.us/family) since February 2005. Here, I talk about the digital tools and technology that can support our family research efforts and how to document our findings in interesting and creative ways. Also close to my heart is my Moultrie Creek blog (http://moultriecreek.us/creek) which documents family stories - past and present - and talks about this area I call home.


For the last 12 years, I've worked for Florida's Department of Military Affairs (the state arm of the Florida National Guard) managing our web sites. It's a fascinating job working with dedicated people and I'm honored to be a part of this incredible organization.


So, now that you know me a little better, stop by any of the Moultrie Creek blogs and say hello. You can also catch me @moultriecreek on Twitter (http://twitter.com/moultriecreek).


1 comment:

Terry Thornton said...

Denise,

I'm so glad that you are the GYRabbit of Moultrie Creek!

Thanks for sharing your life, your creek, and most of all, for sharing your research and your interest in graveyards with us. You are an inspiration!

Terry Thornton
Fulton, Mississippi USA