Saturday, January 31, 2009

New Carnival on the Block



As mentioned in yesterday's post, the AGYR will host a new monthly carnival. The Graveyard Rabbits Carnival will debut on the anchor blog starting March 1. Submission will be due on the 25th of each month and the carnival will be posted on the 1st of each month.

The topic for the premier edition of this carnival is "exceptional finds." Share with us those rare and unique cemeteries, gravestones, monuments, memorials, inscriptions, etc. Send one, send two; it's up to you! Submissions are due on February 25. And hey, bring a friend! Let's make this the best carnival debut in history!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Oops, We Forgot the Vacuum

With the recent Association changes, and after much deliberation, it’s been decided that a quarterly journal may not be the best idea at this point.

Instead, we’re going to take the columns that were slated for the journal and publish them on a members-only blog. It would be similar to what some of the other bloggers do with guest columnists. There will be eight columns that will rotate weekly, beginning on March 5. The new members-only blog is not yet operational, but be on the lookout for an invitation via email in late February. The columns that will be published are listed below (pay careful attention to that last one).

  • The History Hare – A history-related article by footnoteMaven.
  • Tech T.I.P. – Tips for using technology in graveyard research by Denise Olson.
  • Graveyard Guru – An interview of someone tied to graveyards by Stephanie Lincecum.
  • Photo Monument – A photo essay by Julie Tarr.
  • Digging for Answers – Answers to member questions by Randy Seaver.
  • International Rabbits – An article related to cemeteries and such outside the U.S. by various “international” rabbits.
  • The Educated Rabbit – A review of a book or website by Sheri Fenley.
  • A Rabbit’s Tale – An article about anything cemeteries, written by different rabbits each time.*

*Ah, the asterisk. The column A Rabbit’s Tale is an opportunity for any rabbit to author an article. If you are interested, please contact Julie Tarr (genblogjulie -at- gmail.com) with your article idea and to be added to the schedule.

In addition to the new members-only blog, the AGYR will host a monthly carnival. More information on the carnival will be posted on the blog shortly.

We really do hope that these changes make the Association the best it can be.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A broom, a mop, and a duster!

Just a few housekeeping issues, GYRabbits.

To those who have not heard, the Association of GYRabbits is not going "real world" and there will be no organizational meeting held in Dallas, Texas, in April of this year. The GYRabbits will remain an online association. The issue is thoroughly discussed in The Gloom and Gleam and in the Association post titled, Hiccup - A Rabbit's Tale.

With the events of the past weeks, I am seriously behind on posting new members. My apologies. I will try to get it done as soon as my daily emails are less than 237 (today's total). It's been quite a week!

And a special thank you to all those GYRabbits who have commented and emailed their support and willingness to help out. It is greatly appreciated and the kind of email I look forward to receiving.


GYRabbits - Check Your Email Please

By now The Gloom and Gleam should be in your email inbox. The Gloom and Gleam is the new version of the Graveyard Rabbit e-newsletter.

Diane Wright, The Graveyard Rabbit Travels Wright, has done a superb job getting the newsletter to us in record time while learning on the job.

I'm sure you will all join me in saying "Thank You" Diane, a great job - we look forward to more.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

MEET "The Graveyard Rabbit of North Snohomish County"




The eleventh in a series featuring a members of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association
presented in order of their membership





Hello Graveyard Rabbit Friends, My name is Sue Edminster AKA The Graveyard Rabbit of North Snohomish County. When Terry and footnoteMaven started this association I was ready to jump on the bandwagon as my interest in graveyards and history could now be legitimized. You see there are people who think we GYR's are a little strange, spending our vacations in cemeteries instead of the beach. Maybe you've noticed this too.


About me: I live near the city of Granite Falls, Washington. Granite Falls is a small town founded over 100 years ago and is home to the logging and mining industries. The mining is that of rock, although there was a time when silver was discovered about 30 miles east of here and spawned the town of Monte Christo... but that's a story all to itself.


My husband and I live on our little 13 1/2 acre plot of land along with three dogs and two cats to keep us company. Both Mr. Ed and I are avid family historians and love to dig up (pardon the pun) our ancestors. In last week's introduction Julie mentioned enjoying puzzles. A friend of mine once quipped that studying genealogy is like doing a puzzle for which some of the pieces are in foreign countries. How true, how true.



There are some very old cemeteries in this area so my hope for the blog is (1) to read the old cemeteries and (2) learn more about the many unusual grave markers in existence today.

One last item: I have Arbuckle ancestors in my maternal line and actually learned that a distantly related Arbuckle is buried right here in the Granite Falls Cemetery. Imagine, this person (who I never knew existed), Ray Arbuckle, was the child of my great-grandmother's sibling.. Ray eventually became a logger and settled right here in Granite Falls, a VERY small town.



Here are my blogs.... hope to have you visit!



Echo Hill Ancestors - Walker, Boss, Daly, Shane and Samels families


The Family File - Edminster, Neust, Hartwell, Leach, Sherman and Higley families




The Four Dog Blog - Rider, Poppy, Miles and Black Jack the Cat






Monday, January 26, 2009

Hiccup - A Rabbit's Tale


Yes GYRabbits, the events of the past week have been but a hiccup in the history of the Association. We were all heart sick to learn of the resignation of Terry Thornton, our founder, but encouraged that he has accepted the position of Graveyard Rabbit Emeritus. We can not thank him enough for his creation. We also can not, should not, turn tail on an Association that, through Terry's efforts, we've come to love and promote.

There have been many messages concerning the direction the Association was heading. To a rabbit this is how most of you felt...

I have no interest in going to meetings, writing white papers or being on committees; We have taken a casual association too seriously; I did not join a 'political' organization; I thought it was rather pure and wonderful; I don't understand the need for membership dues.


We heard you, loud and clear. And we ask you to please


Return With Us Now To Those Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear!


The original concept is alive, well and again beating in the heart of this Association. We Graveyard Rabbits need to stick together - stand with and for each other - support and encourage one another. This is what Graveyard Rabbits do best.

The Association is not going anywhere near the "formal organization" arena anytime soon. No membership dues, no national meetings, no committees; we intend to remain a completely online endeavor. And with your cooperation we hope to be the best online association EVER!

The day to day chores are being shared. All those things you've come to expect as a member of the GYRabbits will remain. Below is a list of members who have volunteered for many of the existing features of the Association Blog.


Meet A Rabbit
Sheri Fenley
The Educated GYRabbit

Rabbit Round-Up & Newsletter
Diane Wright
The GYRabbit Travels Wright

Articles And Links Library
Elyse Doerflinger
The GYRabbit of Eastern Tennessee

Facebook - Rabbit Wrangler
Henk van Kampen
The GYRabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi

The Journal
Julie Cahill Tarr
The Graveyard Rabbit of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois


Please remember, these are all volunteer positions. Please stop by and show your appreciation and encouragement. If you can help, if you have ideas, if you have comments - talk to us - we want to hear from you.


We do it for you, but we can't do it without you.




Thursday, January 22, 2009

Announcement

By now you have received notice of the resignation of the Founder of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits, Terry Thornton. While we are extremely disappointed to lose Terry to the organization, we respect Terry's decision and wish him the best of health.

But more than that we thank him for our very existence, that catchy name, the hours of hard work, and the even more difficult decisions required to wrangle rabbits.

I am very pleased to announce that Terry has consented to remain with the Association in the position of GYRabbit Emeritus.

There is a transition team in place and we are working to make that transition as seamless as possible.

Thank you, Terry, for this brilliant gift. The rabbits won’t let you down.


GYRabbits - We do this for you,
but we can't do it without you!




Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MEET "The Chicagoland Graveyard Rabbit and The Graveyard Rabbit of Bloomington-Normal, IL"



JULIE CAHILL TARR


the Chicagoland Graveyard Rabbit

and

the Graveyard Rabbit of Bloomington-Normal, IL



The tenth in a series featuring the members of

The Graveyard Rabbit Association

presented in order of their membership.


In terms of genealogy, I’m a newbie, but hey, you gotta start somewhere. Although I was always interested in genealogy, I never got serious about it until 2007. In the beginning, it was more about finding out if the family story was true, that we were related to Noah Webster, the “father of the dictionary.” While I found this to be true (he’s my third cousin eight times removed), I became fascinated with all of the information I had accumulated. Luckily, my family kept everything, so I had documents galore at my fingertips.

I am a researcher by nature. I love taking puzzle pieces and figuring out how they all go together. As a result, I became more serious about my family history quest and sought out sources beyond the records I had in my possession.

While Googling a relative, I came a listing on Find A Grave. At first, this struck me as odd. Cemeteries have not been on my “top ten places to visit” list, as they’ve always been a sore subject for me. My paternal grandmother died when I was three, my maternal grandfather died when I was five, my paternal grandfather died when I was seven, and my maternal grandmother and my dad died when I was twelve. Death was all I knew and cemeteries to me were places of sorrow.

For these reasons, I found Find A Grave a little odd, but as I perused it, I realized how much information could be learned from gravestones and other cemetery records. This offered some comfort to me, and as I began to visit the cemeteries were my relatives were laid to rest, I began to feel at peace. I realized that death was a part of life, and that what I was doing, in terms of my family history research, would further preserve those lives for generations to come.

So I’ve overcome my adversity with cemeteries and now rely on them to further my research. It was an honor to be asked by Terry Thornton to join him in the Association of Graveyard Rabbits endeavor, since I now realize how important cemetery research is to the field of genealogy. It is my pleasure to represent graveyards in my homeland of the Chicago area and my current residence of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois through the Association.

Now you know a little bit more about me. Be sure to check out my four blogs (yes, I just added ANOTHER one, which was created on 12 January 2009).

The Chicagoland Graveyard Rabbit

The Graveyard Rabbit of Bloomington-Normal, IL

GenBlog

Who Will Tell Their Stories?

[Note: Julie failed to mention that she has also agreed to take on the responsibility and enormous job of Editor of the Graveyard Rabbit Journal. Elsewhere on this site is information about the Journal and the call for papers Julie has already issued. Julie is a prime example of "busy rabbits are happy rabbits!"]

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Graveyard Rabbits at the end of its first quarter: 1/4 year old and growing!

by Terry Thornton
email: hillcountrymonroecounty@gmail.com


A progress report on the Association of Graveyard Rabbits indicates that the membership of the group has been extremely active in writing, publishing, and in recruiting new members. Further, such a report indicates that the membership is very busy making plans for the future of the association as the specifics accomplishments outlined below will show.

You all make me proud to be a member of this group --- and on this third month anniversary since the founding of the association, consider these accomplishments.
  • On October 18, 2008, the association opened for membership with three members and three membership blogs/websites. Today, three months later, we have sixty-six members publishing seventy-six blogs/websites devoted exclusively to graveyard study.
  • The membership is averaging slightly more than 100 published articles per week about graveyards --- and that number is increasing rapidly. It is not beyond the most conservative estimate that by year's end the members will have written, published, and made available "free-of-charge" more than 5,000 articles for readers around the world to access about graveyards and the people buried therein.
  • An anchor blog, The Graveyard Rabbit at www.thegraveyardrabbit.com, was established as the official site of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits. That site features regular articles such as a weekly "Meet a Rabbit Column" and "Links to Articles Posted By Graveyard Rabbits" along with other notices and articles. At the anchor blog are membership lists, a Directory listing all of the members searchable by name, author, or geographic location, a Bury which is a feed aggregator listing the three most recent articles by each member, and tabs to explain more about the Association including email links and an Application form to complete for prospective new members.
  • A logo or association badge designed by footnoteMaven is displayed at all member blogs along with the phrase "A Member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits."
  • The administration of the Association is evolving --- we've passed from a one-person operation to the association being under the control of an acting fifteen-member Board of Governors. I am happy to share Co-Chair responsibilities of that Board with footnoteMaven.
  • A Graveyard Rabbit Journal has been announced and an editor and staff appointed. Julie Carhill Tarr is Editor and has announced plans for the first quarterly publication for April 2009.
  • A method for communicating directly with the membership has been developed with the use of the Graveyard Rabbit e-Letter which goes out periodically, weekly, or as needed.
  • The full membership was today, January 18, assigned to one or more of seventeen subcommittees charged with the task of developing a constitution and the writing of a set of by-laws by which the association will govern itself.
  • Earlier in January, the membership of the association voted, in its first e-balloting process, to hold an organizational meeting of the association in Dallas, Texas.
  • A local Texas committee of Graveyard Rabbits headed by Janice Tracy has made a site selection and has submitted details to the Acting Board of Governors to act on and to announce.
  • The Association of Graveyard Rabbits will meet the last weekend in April, 2009, in Dallas for the purpose of adopting a constitution, by-laws and the election of officers including a nine-member Board of Governors to immediately take over the operation of the group.
It is an exciting time to be a Rabbit! If you are not a member and would like to join. please click the ABOUT tab and the JOIN tab above to learn how. Consider this your invitation to become a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.

Some of the members of The Graveyard Rabbits

Listed below are some of the new members of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits. All are posting articles at their blogsites and would welcome a visit from you.

UPDATED 1:45 PM, January 22, 2009


Founding Member:
footnotemaven: Western Washington Graveyard Rabbit (Washington USA)

Charter Members:
Bob Franks: Graveyard Adventures in Itawamba County (Mississippi USA)

Randy Seaver: South San Diego County Genealogy Rabbit (California USA)

Denise Olson: Graveyard Rabbit of Moultrie Creek (Florida USA)

Jessica Oswalt: The Rural Michigan Cemeteries Graveyard Rabbit (Michigan USA)

Kathryn Lake Hogan: The Essex County Graveyard Rabbit (Windsor, Essex County, Ontario, Canada)

Janice Tracy: The Graveyard Rabbit of Attala County (Mississippi USA)

Janice Tracy: The Graveyard Rabbit of Dancing Rabbit Creek (Mississippi USA)

Janice Tracy: The Graveyard Rabbit of Holmes County (Mississippi USA)

Janice Tracy: The Graveyard Rabbit of Madison County (Mississippi USA)

Julie Cahill Tarr: The Chicagoland Graveyard Rabbit (Illinois USA)

Julie Cahill Tarr: The Graveyard Rabbit of Bloomington-Normal Illinois (Illinois USA)

Sue Edminster: The Graveyard Rabbit of North Snohomish County (Washington USA)

William Morgan: The Central Florida Graveyard Rabbit (Florida USA)

Midge Frazel: Granite in My Blood (Massachusetts USA)

Henk van Kampen: The Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

M.Diane Rogers: The Graveyard Rabbit of British Columbia, Canada (British Columbia, Canada)

Linda in Lancaster: Lancaster Pennsylvania's Graveyard Rabbit (Pennsylvania USA)

Elizabeth O'Neal: The Graveyard Rabbit of the Central California Coast (California USA)

Sheri Fenley: The Educated Graveyard Rabbit (General; USA)

John Newmark: Arnevet Beth Olam --- St. Louis (Missouri USA)

AmyRebba: Untangled Family Roots (Idaho USA)

Schelly Talalay Dardashti: Jewish Graveyard Rabbit (International writing team)

Ruth Stephens: The Graveyard Rabbit of Cowtown (Texas USA)

Thomas MacEntee: The Graveyard Rabbit of New York Rural Cemeteries

Cheryl Palmer: Graveyard Rabbit of South Alameda County (California USA)

Stephanie Lincecum: Southern Graves (USA)

Chuck C: The Graveyard Rabbit of Christian County, Illinois (Illinois USA)

PhilliGeni: The Philadelphia Graveyard Rabbit (Pennsylvania USA)

Terry Snyder: The Great Black Swamp Graveyard Rabbit (Ohio USA)

Craig Manson: The Peripatetic Graveyard Rabbit (USA)

Brett Payne: The South Derbyshire Graveyard Rabbit (South Derbyshire UK)

LA GEN BLOG: Louisiana Graveyard Rabbit (Louisiana USA)

Miriam Midkiff: Eastern Washington Graveyard Rabbit (Washington USA)

Jane Appleton Schapka: Muskegon County [Michigan] Graveyard Rabbit (Michigan USA)

Sheri Bush: The Graveyard Rabbit of Jackson County, Indiana (Indiana USA)

Janet Iles: Graveyard Rabbit of Grey County (Ontario, Canada)

Cheryl Rothwell: Graveyards of South Logan County (Illinois USA)

Mel: Graveyard Rabbit Kauai (Hawaii USA)

Randy C.: Graveyard Rabbit of the Old West (USA)

Sarah: Graveyard Rabbit of Central PA (Pennsylvania USA)

Jennifer Regan: Graveyard Rabbit of Contra Costa County (California USA)

Members:

Geder: Santa Fe's African American Graveyard Rabbit (New Mexico USA)

Travels Wright: The Grave Yard Rabbit Travels Wright (California USA)

Judith Richards Shubert: The Graveyard Rabbit of the Covered Bridges (Texas USA)

Richard O. Cheek: I'd Sooner Be a Graveyard Rabbit (Oklahoma USA)

Dorene in Ohio: Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay (Ohio USA)

Naufragio Bella: Dark of the Moon Graveyard Rabbit (NH USA)

Beth Santore: Grave Addiction (USA)

Cheryle Hoover Davis: Graveyard Rabbit of Northern Arizona (AZ USA)

Cheryle Hoover Davis: Graveyard Rabbit of the Runnels Iowa Area (IA USA)

Cheryle Hoover Davis: The Graveyard Rabbit of the Hoover Clan (USA)

JoLynn: The Mount Timpanogos Graveyard Rabbit (UT USA)


Joe Beine: Cemeteries and Cemetery Symbols (USA)

Mona Robinson Mills: Graveyard Rabbit of Yoknapatawpha County (MS USA)

Lynn Johansen: ZincMarkers (USA)

Matt Hucke: Graveyards of Illinois (IL: USA)

Greta Koehl: Graveyard Rabbit Afield (USA)

Suzy: Indian Territory Graveyard Rabbit (OK: USA)

Colleen: The R.I.P.PERS (USA)

Sharon Lighthouse: Graveyard Rabbit ~ Western NY State (NY: USA)

Michael Colbruno: Mountain View Cemetery Tour: Lives of the Dead (CA: USA)

Dead Man Talking: Blogging a Dead Horse (OR: USA)

2QTsInHeaven: Stone Angels & Iron Gates: Accoutrement in Waiting (NM: USA)

Lisa Burks: Adventures in Grave Hunting (CA: USA)





Saturday, January 17, 2009

LINKS TO ARTICLES BY THE GRAVEYARD RABBITS: January 10 - January 16, 2009

by Terry Thornton
email: hillcountrymonroecounty@gmail.com

A busy busy time for the Graveyard Rabbits as they ready themselves for the formal organization of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits at a meeting in Dallas Texas in April. New members and new blogs are included below as well as a link to the articles posted at all membership sites during this week. Busy rabbits are happy rabbits! Here is a list of the 101 articles posted this week by members of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.


UPDATE: Apologies to Brenda K. Wolfgram Moore, new GYRabbit member who writes and publishes Grand Traverse & LeeLanau (MI) Graveyard Rabbits for missing her startup this month. Here are the articles Brenda has posted --- and I apologize for not including them in with the links earlier.

NEW MEMBER: Welcome by Brenda Wolfgram Moore writer and publisher of Grand Traverse & LeeLanau (MI) Graveyard Rabbits. Welcome, Brenda, to the Association of Graveyard Rabbits!
~~~~~

New member: "A Most Singular Monument, Such As I Never Saw Before" First post by new member Suzy at Indian Territory Graveyard Rabbit. Welcome, Suzy, to the Association of Graveyard Rabbits! [And this is a most singular monument such as I never saw before. Check it out.]
Anson Weeks (1896-1969): Big Band Leader [Note: Some great music embedded within this article by new GYRabbit Michael Colbruno.]

Ghost in the Graveyard [Does anyone remember the ending of this childhood chant used in a game? Is so, contact Colleen at The R.I.P.pers.]
Goals for the South Denton County Graveyard Rabbits [Some of us needed this inspiration --- thanks!]
NEW MEMBER: Hello Rabbits is first post by new member Dead Man Talking of Blogging a Dead Horse. Welcome, Dead Man Talking, to the Association of Graveyard Rabbits! [Note: All GYRabbits will enjoy reading this post as Dead Man talks about the defining characteristics of a cemeterian. What sort of cemeterian are you?]

I'm baaaaaaaak! Welcome back, GYRabbit of Central Florida!
My First Feature! [GYRabbit Colleen at The R.I.P.pers invites readers to submit short articles to her regular feature, The Sunday Spook.]
New Member's first post: My Hometown. New member 2QTsInHeaven who writes Stone Angels & Iron Gates: Accoutrement in Waiting. Welcome, 2QTsInHeaven, to the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.
My, What a Handsome Rabbit! [Just when we all needed a laugh!]

The Case of the Vanishing Cemetery [Note: In my opinion, this should be required reading for all GYRabbits. Our cemetery heritage must be preserved.]
New: Welcome! by Janice Tracy who has started the new blog Graveyard Rabbit of Dancing Rabbit Creek. Welcome Janice in this new endeavor so appropriately named!
What Do You Do When Your Ancestor Wasn't Buried? [Note: I suggest you all read this as your make plans for your own burial. And if you have answers for Elyse, I suggest you leave her a comment.]

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Association of Graveyard Rabbits article in ITAWAMBA SETTLERS



New Cemetery Research Association
is the title of an article about the Association of Graveyard Rabbits in Itawamba Settlers: The Quarterly Journal of Itawamba County, Mississippi History and Genealogy (Volume 28, Number 4, Winter 2008) published January 2009.

My copy arrived by mail today and I was pleased to read the well-written and well-placed article about GYRabbits on the inside of the front cover.

The article notes the tremendous growth in number of member blogs in the GYRabbit association and discusses the importance of such a group. A link to the association's anchor blog, The Graveyard Rabbit, is provided in the article.

Thanks, Itawamba Settlers, for this kind mention and notice.

Bob Franks, former GYRabbit member and one of the three earliest members of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits, is Editor of Itawamba Settlers. The Itawamba County Mississippi Historical Society has one of the largest memberships of historical societies in the nation. The society maintains a well-developed web presence at its Internet site, The Itawamba Historical Society: Preserving Itawamaba County Mississippi's History and Heritage (click to access).


Acting Board of Governors for The Association of Graveyard Rabbits

The following GYRabbits have been named as an Acting Board of Governors for the Association of Graveyard Rabbits and have each agreed to serve until replaced with a Board of Governors to be elected at the Spring 2009 meeting:


The new acting Board of Governors has a wealth of experience, expertise, and knowledge which will serve our group so well during these next few weeks of planning and staging for our organizational meeting. The Governors have shown through their work and their willingness to help that they embody all of the characteristics of Graveyard Rabbits --- and they are charming too!

I know you will enjoy your association with the individual members of this temporary board and that you will give them the support and help necessary for our Spring 2009 organizational meeting in Texas. I am happy to be a part of this group and I know that you will be pleased to have these Rabbits represent our group during this transition period.

Thank you for being Rabbits! And thank you for your help during the organization work coming during the next few days.

Regards,
Terry Thornton
Co-Chairman, Acting Board of Governors, The Association of Graveyard Rabbits
Fulton, Mississippi
email: hillcountrymonroecounty@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

MEET "The Graveyard Rabbit of Central Ohio"



AMY JOHNSON CROW

the Graveyard Rabbit of Central Ohio



The ninth in a series featuring the members of

The Graveyard Rabbit Association

presented in order of their membership.



My name is Amy Johnson Crow, and I am the Graveyard Rabbit of Central Ohio. I've been a genealogist for more years than I care to admit to. When I was little, the mini-series "Roots" was in its height of popularity. I sat down with my Grandma and asked her to tell me the story of the family. I'd love to have more time with her now . . .

I was bitten by the cemetery bug early in life. The picture in the cemetery (below) was taken at Locust Grove Cemetery in Lawrence County, Ohio. Included are my Grandma Johnson (in the blue dress), my Mom (in the white dress), my Grandpa Johnson and me. I was three years old.


Growing up, we took family vacations to northern Michigan and every year, we would stop at the cemetery to visit the graves of some old friends. While there, I would wander around and try to imagine the lives of those whose names were on the tombstones. Cemeteries have never frightened me.

I continue to be fascinated by tombstones and cemeteries. (Obviously, or I wouldn't be writing this!) I am amazed at how tombstones have been used to reflect the life of the deceased. From the artwork to the iconography, from the bare information to the epitaphs, every piece says something.

Although my GYR blog -- http://graveyardrabbitofcentralohio.wordpress.com -- is devoted to central Ohio, my traipsing through cemeteries goes far and wide, not only across Ohio, but across the country. Some of my findings from outside central Ohio can be found on my general genealogy blog at http://familytrees.wordpress.com.

I am finishing my degree in history at Ohio State University at Newark and plan to pursue a Masters of Library Science degree. I hope everyone will stop by and visit the Graveyard Rabbit of Central Ohio!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

GYR Journal - Copy Editors Selected





Thanks to everyone who responded to my request for a copy editor. It was a tough choice. Since this is volunteer-based and with schedules as they are, I ultimately decided to go with two people.

So please welcome our two new copy editors, JoLyn Day and John Newmark.

Julie, Managing Editor

LINKS TO ARTICLES BY THE GRAVEYARD RABBITS: JANUARY 3 - JANUARY 9, 2009


by Terry Thornton
email: hillcountrymonroecounty@gmail.com

The first full week of the new year was a busy and productive time for members of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits. Several individuals applied for and were accepted into membership of the Association; several more have pending applications. And the first quarterly journal, Graveyard Rabbit Journal, was announced this week by Editor Julie Tarr who issued a call for papers. The members of the association were also busy casting ballots for their choice of location to hold a Spring 2009 meeting to formally organize the Association. And throughout this busy week in this new year, members found time to write and to post numerous articles at their membership blogs or websites. Listed below are the titles and links to one-hundred eleven of those articles for the past seven days, January 3 - 9, 2009.

Included also are posts by new member Greta Koehl missed in last week's roundup. My apologies to Greta for not including her two new blogs, Graveyard Rabbit of Northern Virginia and Graveyard Rabbit Afield in last week's listings!

A Visit to Falkner Country: (Note: This is a five-part series. Because these articles all relate I'm placing the titles and links to all five here in the order recommended for reading.)