Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The fourth in a series featuring the members of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association
presented in order of their membership.
From the time I was young I learned to feel at ease walking through cemeteries. Each time my parents and I went to a family reunion, we would stop at the local graveyards where grandparents, great-grandparents or other relatives were buried to take pictures of the head stones.
Consequently, my family will tell you that I have a “weird” fascination with cemeteries. I’ve also been known to say, “I know people buried there.” (To which my husband has replied, “And do you speak to them often?”) When I was nominated for the Cemetery Board of my church, my husband told everyone that they picked the right person because I am “all things” cemetery or “dead people”.
When my brother passed away a couple of weeks before 9/11, those of us at the grave after the service took pictures of it with all the flowers on top and several of the group that gathered there. The following year - a couple of years after I became an amateur genealogist - I was in
After I began corresponding once again with aunts, cousins and other relatives whom I hadn’t seen since I was a child, they would all send me pictures of other family members’ graves. Then not too long ago I discovered Findagrave.com and have come across many other head stone photos to add to my “collection”.
When The Association of Graveyard Rabbits was formed recently and I received an invitation to join, I knew that being a part of it was a perfect fit for me. Not only does this medium allow me to indulge my passion for cemeteries and head stones, but it is an opportunity for me to learn more about the cemeteries in my community and perhaps bring information to people who wouldn’t be able to obtain it any other way.
Not only do I publish on The Graveyard Rabbit of South Denton County (
Since joining the genea-blogging world early in the spring of this year, I’ve enjoyed reading other genealogy and history blogs and getting to know other genea-bloggers – two of whom I’ve discovered are my distant cousins (Julie Cahill Tarr and Becky Wiseman). Writing my blogs helps me keep some of my sanity and offers me a place to write about my genealogy passion.
So come visit me at The Graveyard Rabbit of South Denton County and All My Branches Genealogy. Stop by, grab a cup of coffee or tea or whatever your preference and leave me a note before you leave. And I hope every once in awhile I write something that touches you in some way or enables you to learn something new! Thanks for taking the time to get to know me!
GYR of South Denton County:
All My Branches Genealogy Blog:
All My Branches Genealogy Website:
Wendy's Wonders (Personal Website)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
by Terry Thornton
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
the South San Diego County Graveyard Rabbit
Association presented in order of their membership.
I was fascinated by cemeteries when I was a child. They seemed so quiet and peaceful – a green space in the middle of the city surrounding them. I was intrigued by the “why” of burying or cremating dead bodies, and I admit that it hasn’t ever seemed very logical to me – frankly, it seemed very cold and final.
My grandparents told me that it was so that the living could honor their dead loved ones by visiting their burial locations and placing flowers on important days of their lives – birthdays, deathdays, Christmas, etc. That seemed to be the most logical reason of all to me – the survivors longed to be near their loved ones and remember them. That is, of course, the reason many of us pursue our elusive ancestors – to remember, appreciate and honor them and to bring their life stories to the attention of other family members as good examples (or perhaps bad examples) of lives lived well.
My great-grandparents, Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer, Della’s mother, Abigail (Vaux) Smith, and another great-grandmother, Georgianna (Kemp) Auble, were all cremated and are inurned at the Cypress View Mausoleum in San Diego. When I was a child, I occasionally went with my grandparents to put flowers on the niches of their parents. It was only when I started doing family history research that I found the graves of my other great-grandfather, Charles Auble, and Austin Carringer’s parents, David J. and Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer.
The goal for the South San Diego County Graveyard Rabbit web site is to provide useful information concerning each cemetery, memorial park and mausoleum in San Diego County south of Interstate 8. There are a number of very large cemeteries in this area and I plan to visit each one, take some pictures, and then write a blog post about each one. I plan to provide links to the cemetery web site, and note the location of published or online cemetery listings. In general, I won’t post many photographs of graves in each cemetery, or lists of persons in the cemeteries – I’ll leave that to the web sites dedicated to those purposes. However, I do hope to note special areas – like Civil War veterans – in each cemetery.
I am a 5th generation native of San Diego. That doesn’t sound too impressive to some people, but San Diego was discovered by European explorers in 1769, became a town in 1850, and really didn’t start growing until the 1880’s, which is when my great-grandparents Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer came to town on their honeymoon – and they never left.
Family history and genealogy has always intrigued me – I love mysteries and detective stories. I began pursuing my elusive ancestors in earnest in 1988 – after my grandparents and my father had died. Fortunately, my mother had boxes of family papers, photographs and books, so I have been able to find quite a bit of family history through them. Tracing earlier generations has led me to studying and searching the northeastern USA, Ontario in Canada, England, Holland, Germany, France and Norway.
In addition to serving in my local genealogy societies, presenting genealogy programs to societies and conferences, and writing books about my ancestry, I write several genealogy blogs, including GeneaMusings, The Geneaholic and the Chula Vista Genealogy Café.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Listed below in alphabetical order are the articles published by members of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits during the week of November 8 - 14, 2008. Click on the title to read the article.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Each Wednesday, a different member of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits is invited to write an introductory article about themselves, their blog, and their work. Today we are honored to have Bob Franks, historian, researcher, photographer, and "Rabbit" of Itawamba County, Mississippi, in the spotlight. Bob has recently started a Membership Directory for The Association of Graveyard Rabbits which is very helpful and well used. His contribution to the formation and implementation of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits is most appreciated.
"It is not a mere field in which the dead are stowed away unknown; it is a touching and beautiful history, written in family burial plots, in mounded graves, in sculptured and inscribed monuments. It tells the story of the past, not of its institutions, or its wars, or its ideas, but of its individuals lives, ---of its men and women and children, and of its household. It is silent, but eloquent; it is common, but it is unique. We find no such history elsewhere; there are no records in all the wide world in which we can discover so much that is suggestive, so much that is pathetic and impressive."
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008