Saturday, March 27, 2010

Meet Leah Allen, Author of "The Sacramento Valley Graveyard Rabbit"

The fifty eighth in a series
featuring a member of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association


The Sacramento Valley Graveyard Rabbit

What sparked your interest in cemeteries?

Growing up, the local dog park was adjacent to my hometown cemetery and I remember driving through it on the way to the park and thinking how beautiful it was. But it wasn't until my grandfather's death in 2000 that I really gained more than just a passing interest. I was twelve and though it wasn't my first time dealing with the death of a family member it was the first time I'd been witness to all that goes into laying them to rest. I remember tagging along to the cemetery where they had finally decided to bury his ashes and I just fell in love with how peaceful and serene the place was. Looking at all those headstones was also the first time I realized that your story doesn't end after you've died. I remember wanting to learn more about all the people buried there and what their lives must have been like. Ever since then I've been interested in cemeteries, not only because of how calm and beautiful they can be but also because it is such a wonderfully unconventional way of meeting new people and learning their stories.

Do you have a favorite cemetery or headstone and why is it your favorite.

My favorite cemetery would have to be the Woodbridge Masonic Cemetery in Woodbridge, San Joaquin, California. There isn't anything remarkable about the cemetery, although many of the older families and earliest residents of the area are there so it is rather historic. I just love it because of all the old trees, its age and because of how small it is. My favorite headstone would have to be a tie between my 4th great-grandfather's and my grandfather's. They're both special because cousins of mine helped to set them. After vandals broke my 4th great-grandfather's stone a cousin came to the rescue and repaired it and reset it, then when my grandfather finally got a stone a year or two ago, it seemed like everyone in the family came out to help set it. Now when I look at those stones I'm not only reminded of the relatives they mark but of the relatives who helped to erect those monuments.

How does your family feel about your interest in cemeteries?

My mother likes to wander cemeteries with me if there is a relative buried in them, otherwise I'm on my own. No one in the family really cares one way or the other.

Why did you become a GYR?

I'm a GeneaBlogger and quite a few other members of that group were also GYRs, which is how I found out about the group. I thought it sounded unique and special and would be another outlet for my first love, genealogy, as well as a way for me to expand my knowledge and interest in cemeteries and tombstones.

For all the would be rabbits - how about some words of encouragement to become a rabbit.

Join! If the blogging aspect is what is holding you back, don't let it because that it isn't the main point of being a GYR. Even if you can't commit to blogging regularly, as long as you have the interest and desire to be a part of this community, take the plunge!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

New Article Available in the GYR Online Journal

This week Gale Wall brings us our Photo Monument column.

Be sure to read the article, Face to Face, at the Graveyard Rabbits Online Journal.


Please join me in welcoming Gale Wall, who will assume the job as editor of The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal and author of the Photo Monument column.

Gale is the author of Digital Cemetery Walk. She didn’t always enjoy visiting cemeteries. Through her family research and many visits to cemeteries that changed along the way.

She is a Dixie transplant, leaving behind her Georgia piney woods and now calls the Kansas prairie winds home. She is an active member of her local genealogical society and a county coordinator for ALGenWeb.

Please join the Association in welcoming Gale to her new positions.

A Fond Farewell

Today the Association of Graveyard Rabbits bids a fond farewell to Julie Cahill Tarr. Julie has served as the editor of the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal since its inception. She was one of the people credited with its vision.

Julie has done a fantastic job bringing you the Rabbit written columns that have appeared in the Journal. Not only has Julie been the Journal editor since day one, she has also contributed some wonderful Photo Monument articles to the Journal as well.

Julie will be missed by the entire Association. I hope all the Graveyard Rabbits will join in thanking Julie for her tireless efforts and hard work; and in wishing her well.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Meet Nancy Pattenden, Author of "Graveyard Rabbit Blog For The York Region Branch OGS Cemetery Transcripts, Etc."

The fifty seventh in a series
featuring a member of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association


What sparked your interest in cemeteries?

I suppose my interest started when I got into genealogy. Cemeteries are a good place to start gathering information for family history. About four years ago I joined the York Region Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), and they had an opening for the Cemetery Co-ordinator position. That position is responsible for the cemetery transcripts, which are publications containing all the information on every headstone in the cemetery. Word for word, error for error, and any symbols or etchings of note. I volunteered for it, and have become more interested in cemeteries since.

There are some very creative stones now, and it’s interesting to see how headstones and the graphics on them have changed. There used to be only a few different styles, and the verses and symbols were pretty standard. Now you will find grave markers in all different shapes and sizes, containing the standard religious symbols, sketches, and actual photographs, each symbol depicting the lives and interests of the person buried there. I’ve seen a stone shaped like butterfly with a photo of a cat at the tip of one wing and a photo of a dog on the tip of the other, etchings of bingo cards, even one stone with the person’s fire department badge embedded into it and protected with plexi glass. I’ve collected hundreds of photos of the various stones, both old and new. I’ve even started writing a cemetery book. It will contain information on all the cemeteries and burials in York Region that we know of, along with some local history, and information on any prominent people in that cemetery. The pictures I’ve taken over the past few years will come in quite handy for that.

My interest has also spread to the preservation of cemeteries that are in danger of being destroyed by developers. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t fight a developer and win. Several years ago, the OGS joined forces to help protect a small family cemetery. There are only five stones, but that was five stones too many to relocate, as far as the descendants were concerned. It took a lot of money and a few years in court, but the battle was won. I was able to attend the re-dedication of the new Clendenen Cemetery in Markham on November 10, 2007. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor, a Town Councillor, local Minister and even two representatives from the developer. They have turned it into a lovely little parkette.

Do you have a favorite cemetery or headstone and why is it your favorite.

I guess my favorite would be the Aurora Cemetery. It’s in the town where I grew up, and has a fair number of my relatives there. It also contains some pretty cool stones. I’m rather fond of the one with all the Star Trek symbols on it. Even the shape of the stone is Trekkie. Close to that one is a large stone with a beautiful etching of the Beatles on the back. Another stone is a replica of the Empire State Building. I believe it is about 10 feet tall. I wrote an article about it for my branch newsletter. The man the monument is for (John Bowser) was the building supervisor for the Empire State Building. For some reason he has not been acknowledged as being part of the building, and I think this may have been his family’s way of getting even for that omission.

How does your family feel about your interest in cemeteries?

They know I spend my time in the cemeteries when the weather is nice. I don’t think they have an opinion one way or the other. It’s just part of my interest in genealogy.

Why did you become a GYR?

I was looking around the internet trying to find more information on cemeteries, preservation of the stones, and the meaning of the symbols. That search uncovered the Grave Yard Rabbits. I had a look at some of the members sites and found them to be very interesting. I wanted to be part of the crowd.

For all the would be rabbits - how about some words of encouragement to become a rabbit

If you have an interest in cemeteries, this is the place to be. It’s a great place to be part of a group with a similar passion. It’s interesting to read what other people are doing and how they became enamoured with cemeteries and gravestones.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Meet Debi Matlack, Author of "cemeteries"

The fifty sixth in a series
featuring a member of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association


What sparked your interest in cemeteries?
I've always enjoyed wandering around cemeteries. They're usually quiet, there are flowers and trees and the stones have a story to tell sometimes. I like to wonder what kind of life the people buried there may have led from the information I get from the inscriptions.

Do you have a favorite cemetery or headstone and why is it your favorite.

I suppose the one closest to me, Crosby Lake Cemetery is my favorite, since I've spent a lot of time there. Bonaventure is loaded with beautiful monuments that I enjoy photographing. As far as headstones, as sad as it sounds, I look for children's stones. They usually have a lamb or a dove on them and it always seems sad but hopeful. I can't explain it.

How does your family feel about your interest in cemeteries?

My husband will go with me sometimes since he has an interest in photography, but he's less interested in the cemetery itself. And other family members have come along from time to time. Maybe we're all a little strange. :-)

Why did you become a GYR?
Because I was thrilled that there was a group of people like myself, that enjoyed the history and beauty of cemeteries. I thought there was just me.

For all the would be rabbits - how about some words of encouragement to become a rabbit.
Do it! There's a world of information gleaned by other GYR's, little glimpses into their local history. It's fascinating.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Meet John Edward Stark, Author of "The Texas Underground"

The fifty fifth in a series
featuring a member of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association

What sparked your interest in cemeteries?
I don't remember how it began, but I remember as early as 1993 walking to the library, heading for the biography section and pulling out every book. I would flip to the back to see if it mentioned where the subject was buried, and if it did, I would toss it on a table. After amassing a few stacks, I would go through them one at a time and write down the name and burial place on notebook paper. Why, I don't know. I didn't save them or anything. It was as if I was preparing myself for something that hadn't been switched on yet, if that makes sense. It was always centered around the burial places of the famous, never about the cemeteries themselves; it wasn't until I started actually visiting celebrity graves in the mid-2000s that I got an appreciation of crawling for crawling's sake. Who knew the tombstone could be an art form?

Do you have a favorite cemetery or headstone and why is it your favorite.
I've been to both the big ones in Los Angeles and Arlington National, but my personal favorite is Glenwood Cemetery here in Houston. It's the closest I have found to the idyllic grand old graveyard. Rolling hills, angels, obelisks, Spanish moss on old oaks, vines, marble mausoleums, it is the perfect combination of gothic statue garden and wooded pedestrian path. The place is just incredible - it is small enough that you can walk the perimeter in an hour, but as often as I've been there, I am always finding something new.

How does your family feel about your interest in cemeteries?
They know I do it but there's really no interest in them for it. My mother might see an article in the newspaper about a cemetery and bring my attention to it, but that's as far as it goes.

Why did you become a GYR?
Most information sources regarding cemeteries are focused on genealogy, which is outside of my purview. Other websites deal strictly with Los Angeles and the celebrity culture, more interested in reporting on the scandal of the life rather than the life of the person. I wanted to belong to a group that shared my interest in graveyards, and famous graves in particular, but the majority of the existing ones are not exactly populated by the classiest people in the world, to be quite honest. I wanted something respectful, educational and reflective but not overly scholarly to the point of boredom. After noticing that one of my favorite bloggers was a member, I checked it out, read a few blogs and realized that GYR suited me.

For all the would be rabbits - how about some words of encouragement to become a rabbit.
If your passion involves anything rabbit-centric, be the rabbit. There are so many aspects of the hobby, from studies in carving and symbolism to history and celebrity chasing, that there is room for everyone in it, no matter the particular whatsit about it that lights your fire. Just be respectful, don't take anything but photographs, don't try to fix anything that isn't yours and enjoy the silence.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Meet Tina Micheal Ruse, Author of "Campo Santo - Holy Ground"

The fifty fourth in a series

featuring a member of

The Graveyard Rabbit Association


I have loved cemeteries even as a child. I played in one as a pre-teen. I love the peace, art and history they represent. When I began researching my fathers Spanish-Mexican, Californiano roots, I discovered how shabbily the graves and cemeteries of California’s first European settlers have been treated. A big chunk of California’s history is missing, destroyed and misrepresented. I really believe that how a society honors its dead and its past reflects what it has learned and where we are going as a people.

This photo is of a unreadable marker in the San Juan Bautista Cemetery in San Benito County, California. This cemetery was dedicated in the early 1840's as "the Mission cemetery could hold no more." There are a number of these old wooden markers that survive and many other old graves. It is here that my great great grandmother Maria Teodora Garcia would have attended her mothers funeral when she was 13 years old.I believe her father is buried here as well,he died when she was 10, murdered, "three leagues from the Mission." He was the son of the first non-Indian child born west of the Mississippi. Behind and below this hill the cemetery is on, runs the San Andres Fault. In 1809 the first San Juan Mission and all buildings for miles around were leveled when there were earthquakes for 9 days. These and others of my family rest here. I like to look at this marker and think it might belong to one of them.

In 1885 in order to build the new Holy Cross church in Santa Cruz the cemetery for Mission Santa Cruz was dug up and 6 wagon loads of remains were reburied in a unmarked mass grave at what today is Old Holy Cross Cemetery.Some of the markers were moved and some left behind,my photo taken behind the church shows broken headstones that were left.

I am an 8th generation native of California. I have a lifelong interest in old photos, family history and stories, cemeteries with a focus on my early California Spanish/Mexican ancestors. I hope my blog can help me organize research, help others in their searches and memorialize those who are a forgotten chapter in California's history.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Article Available in the GYR Online Journal


Our Tech T.I.P. columnist, Denise Olson, discusses the Graveyard Rabbit warren on Facebook.

Did you know that we Rabbits have our own virtual clubhouse? It’s the Association of Graveyard Rabbits Group at Facebook. It’s been under-used and it’s time for that to change! I propose we do a bit of spring cleaning and turn it into a fun place for Rabbits to hang out and get to know each other.

My vision is something between a community center and a sidewalk cafe.

Be sure to read the entire article at the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Meet Laura Leibman, The Colonial Graveyard Rabbit

The fifty third in a series
featuring a member of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association


Early American Graveyard Rabbit

I notice that many of the other graveyard rabbits have fond memories of visiting cemeteries in their early years. I can honestly say that as a child, I hated cemeteries. My parents worked in the tropics and often dragged us to see “local color” in graveyards, and my basic thought was usually either “Oh no, not again” or “I’m roasting.” (I am very pale, so cemeteries with their lack of shade were right after forced marches through deserts on my top ten list of ways to get badly burnt. I’ve learned to wear a wide-brimmed hat.)

Sometime in the 1990s, this loathing of cemeteries changed to a positive obsession, mainly through my research interests in early America. I am a professor of English and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and I specialize in early American life. Most of my early scholarship was on New England’s Native American communities, though more recently I have been working on Spanish-Portuguese Jews in the colonies, including North America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Cemeteries provide an awesome way to understand a much wider spectrum of individuals than are usually represented in print culture. One of the things I love about early American cemeteries is that they provide information not only about a wide range of ethnic groups (Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Anglos), but also a wide range of ages and economic classes. Moreover, the stones are beautiful. In Puritan New England, gravestones were often the most elaborate art form. The same often holds true for Jews in the colonies. Most early Jewish American gravestones are influenced by the sepulchral tradition out of Amsterdam, which is awesome in its fancifulness and exquisite carving style.

I am currently writing a book on material culture in the Jewish Atlantic World (1620-1820) and in the course of doing my research have visited early Jewish cemeteries in locations such as Newport, Philadelphia, Suriname, Curacao, Jamaica, Amsterdam, and soon Barbados. Most of the images from this research will eventually be available in an online database (Summer 2011?), but in the meantime I am enjoying sharing them and some of my research on my gravestone blog Early American Graveyard Rabbit and Travels Through Jewish History. It is exciting to be connected to other people who are as interested in gravestones as I am!

Laura Leibman, Colonial Graveyard Rabbit

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gloom and Gleam Newsletter March, 2010

From Your Editors

Have you heard about the award that the Rabbits have earned? It is exciting to be recognized for the work we do.

Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs and The Association of Graveyard Rabbits has announced that our blog won in the Cemetery category. Where else would you find a Graveyard Rabbit?

There is another change in the newsletter. We have been trying for many months to get our newsletter to be simple, effective and newsy. After many trys and false starts we have decided to put it on the Association page, then notify you by e-mail that it is ready. The Rabbits are so busy hopping around cemeteries and doing research that we all need a very simple plan to keep things running. In the near future you will see other changes in the Graveyard Rabbit.

Will we have to create a tombstone with the name "Simplify" on it?

Spring is getting closer so this newsletter comes with wishes for you to start spying out new cemeteries. The best time is now before the bugs start biting.

Gale and Diane

In the News
Union Vets’ Graves Registration Database

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War(SUVCW)

National Graves Registration Project was established in 1996. Since then, hundreds of dedicated people from within and without the organization have graciously devoted thousands of hours of their time and energy visiting cemeteries, recording, verifying, researching and entering the final resting places of Civil War veterans.From the beginning, one thing was missing - the means for the SUVCW and the general public to search and view the results of our labor on the Internet. As the number of registrations grew, it was also apparent that duplication of effort and waste of time was reaching and unacceptable level, without knowledge of what was completed and what needed further investigation. The National Graves Registration Database( is now available to all. The database was activated February 22, 2005. This will make all original registrations available for viewing by the general public, as well as allowing for new registrations to be entered through our online program. Depending on the source referenced, there were between 4.2 and 4.8 million Union Civil War Veterans. Due to mass burials, unreported battlefield losses, burials at sea and other circumstances, it can never be expected that all Union graves will be registered. (Submitted by Gen. W. S. Rosecrans Camp No. 2,Department of California & Pacific, Sons of UnionVeterans of the Civil War.)

Featured Graveyard Blog

This story is unbelievable, shocking and way too common. It is from Ruth Coker Burks at last2cu.

"My family has been looking for 60 years for tombstones that had been thrown in Lake Hamilton from our family cemetery; a land developer did this during the Great Depression and sold the land to rich folks from out of town so that they could build houses on the new lake... I have looked for the tombstones all of my life and today I found what I believe to be my great grandmother, Mary Etta (Mollie) Gardner Clay’s tomb... " To follow and read more see last2cu.

Featured GYR Photo

New GYRs

A big welcome to Yolanda Lifter of Florida. Hey, Yolanda, I know there are alot of really good cemeteries in Florida. Can't wait to see your blogs!

Graveyard Rabbit Journeys

??? Queries ???

I am trying to find Peter & Polly Ingersoll but they disappeared. They were in Fairplay Township, Greene County, Indiana in the 1820 & 1830. Their son Peter and his wife, Martha, are buried in the Worthington Cemetery. I presume they died before 1840 as no mention of them in any subsequent census. And they are not mentioned being with any family member(s). Who can help me locate them? Michelle Johnson mip://03fc5b48/>

Gravely Interesting

In the 1800s rings or brooches might have the word "MIZPAH" engraved on them. It is interesting, but what does it mean?
Mizpah is an emotional bond between people who are separated. Mizpah jewelery was worn to indicate a love bond and was popular as a sentimental gift or mourning jewelry. It comes from the Old Testament, Genesis 31:49. "...The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent, one from another."
How perfect for a dearly departed.

GYR Carnival 2010

April – Anonymous Graves - (idea submitted by Henk van Kampen)
May – Cause of Death - (idea submitted by Matt Hucke)
June – The Interesting, The Odd, The Beautiful - (idea submitted by Gale Wall)
July – Scavenger Hunt - (idea submitted by Julie Cahill Tarr)
August – Favorite Season - (idea submitted by Henk van Kampen)

Ideas needed for September through December 2010

We need some the talent from the world of Graveyard Rabbits. We need a carnival guide. If you have a little bit of time each month, please consider this opportunity. It is a job of getting out the carnival ideas and presenting them to all the GYRs on a monthly schedule. Please notify the newsletter editors of your willingness to keep the carnival going.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Article Available in the GYR Online Journal

“Cabinet Maker - Undertaker”

by footnoteMaven

Carpenter, Wheelwright, Cabinet Maker, Undertaker

~ Sign From The Movie Cat Ballou ~

The position of being the local undertaker has its roots in the sidelines associated with the necessities of death. Those who were talented cabinet and furniture makers handled making coffins, a logical extension of their business. For them, undertaking was a second business rather than a primary profession.

You'll find the rest of this article from the History Hare in
the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Meet Yolanda Campbell Lifter, Author of "Graveyard Rabbit Journeys"

The fifty second in a series

featuring a member of

The Graveyard Rabbit Association


I was born and spent my first 13 years in Springfield, Ohio. My dad died in 1969, and my mother moved the family to Warner Robins, Georgia, in 1973. I graduated from Warner Robins High School and came to Melbourne, Florida, to attend the Florida Institute of Technology. I met my husband at FIT and we married in 1981. We are the parents of 22 year old identical twin daughters.

I was bitten by the genealogy bug in March 1995. I had returned to Ohio for the first time in 21 years to attend the funeral of a cousin. My 2 sisters and I were visiting our dad’s grave in Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield, and one of them mentioned that we did not know much about his family. It was suggested that I, since I was a stay-at-home mom and had plenty of free time, should be the one to find out about his family. As soon as I returned home, I obtained my paternal grandmother’s obituary and went from there.

Genealogy has become a major part of my life. I visit Ohio for research at least once a year and try to attend as many conferences as possible to further my genealogical education. I began my own business, Ohio Family Research, in 2000.

I homeschooled my daughters from kindergarten through 12th grade and genealogy was part of their curriculum. They have accompanied me on research trips and have attended conferences. Both know how to use a microfilm reader and are good at cemetery photography.

Here I am at the Brisslan Cemetery which is located in Perry Township, Brown County, Ohio. My 4th great grandparents, Gideon and Mary Bowen Dunham are buried here as well as my 2nd great-grandfather, Bowen Dunham. Other Dunham relatives are also here.

I belong to a number of genealogical societies (national, state, and local) and host 3 USGenWeb counties. I am working on 3 one-name studies (Lifter, Stoops, and Wisby) and have a few books in-progress. I am part of the ProGen 4 Study Group and hope to become certified in the near future. In my “other” life, I am the assistant general manager of a Hampton Inn.

I would have never imagined that visiting cemeteries and tombstone photography would be my favorite parts of research. As a child, and even up to my mid-twenties, I would close my eyes every time I was driven past a cemetery. Thankfully, I overcame my fear of cemeteries!

Since I am working on developing my writing skills and have 15 years of tombstone photos, I decided to try my hand at blogging. I am thrilled to be a Graveyard Rabbit.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Meet Jo Arnspiger, Author of "Dust To Dust GYRabbit"

The fifty first in a series
featuring a member of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association

My interest in cemeteries is relatively new, although I have been involved in genealogy for the past 35 years. My ancestors are all in the east or the Midwest while I have lived on the west coast and in Arizona for the last 50 plus years. The opportunities to visit my family’s burying places have been few.

My love of the West and cowboys, ranching and anything to do with horses is a lifelong love. More like a “wish I could” dream since I’ve never experienced the real west with horses and ranches but sometimes I think I lived a previous life as cowgirl growing up in the old west. It seems to be a part of me, a part of a dream I have lived before.

Now in this life, I have the chance to relive that life by finding and telling the stories of the “pioneers” of north central Arizona. By finding the markers of the dead, I hope to share their stories with the living. The history of the Prescott area is rich with unforgettable characters who have somehow been forgotten. I hope with this blog, to discover and record the lives of the old timers I find in both the surveyed and the forgotten cemeteries here in Yavapai county, Arizona.

Jessamine County, Kentucky where we found my husband's 4th great grandfather - Paul Ernspiger

This new interest in graveyards has renewed my interest in my own family burying places also. The membership in the Association of Graveyard Rabbits has inspired me to look harder for those elusive gravestones and to share the information once I have found it. Also to explore the previously unknown network of graveyard rabbit researchers who seem all to happy to look for and photograph gravestones in their local cemeteries for others

My surnames and areas of personal family research are: Favourite – Frederick co, Maryland, 1780-1850; Wise, Dunn, and Douglass – Page and Wapello counties, Iowa respectively, 1870-1950; Archer, Smith, Tilton – Tishomingo county, Mississippi, 1830-1950; Pratt, Flagg, Adams – Massachusetts, 1630-1830; Peck – Connecticut, 1630-1860; Bolender and Loranz – Pennsylvania and Ohio, 1775-1900; Arnspiger/Ernspiger – Jessamine county and Fayette county, Kentucky, 1780-1950.

Thanks for reading about me and I hope you enjoy my blog,
Dust To Dust GY Rabbit. Thanks to the Association of Graveyard Rabbits for the opportunity to introduce myself to their readers.
Happy cemetery wandering,
Jo Arnspiger

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Article Available in the GYR Online Journal


This week, Stephanie Lincecum writes about southern cemeteries in her column, Graveyard Guru.

I’ve been thinking about the southern cemetery quite a bit lately. By “southern,” I mean cemeteries found in the southern part of the United States. It seems the most prominent, most grand, most intricate, most angelic, and most beautiful cemeteries and gravestones that are proudly and splendidly displayed online are from locations in the northern United States. Does this mean these same beautiful images cannot be found in the South? Of course not. I could list many, many grand displays from “down here.” If we are to be honest, though, these types of cemeteries and gravestones are not the norm.

Be sure to read the entire article at the Graveyard Rabbits Online Journal.