Sunday, May 30, 2010

Meet Lee Drew, Author of "Tombstone Territory"

The sixty fourth in a series
featuring a member of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association


What sparked your interest in cemeteries?

I grew up living next to a cemetery. It was my 'extended' back yard. My great uncle was the sexton of the cemetery and I often watched him dig graves by hand. I started working in genealogical research when I was 6 years of age.

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

That is hard to answer. I've spent so much time walking through cemeteries throughout my life and all are memorable. The best answer is that my 'favorite' cemeteries are those that enjoy the residency of my ancestors and their families.

How does your family feel or what do they think about your interest in cemeteries?

They think it is great. All of our children grew up touring cemeteries with us and I regularly take our grandchildren to cemeteries to tell them ancestral stories and hopefully encourage them to enjoy family history research too.

Why did you become a Graveyard Rabbit?

Grave Yard Rabbits is a natural fit with my own interests and activities.

For all would be Rabbits, how about some words of encouragement.

Take the time to find the burial location of your ancestors and their families. While there, take photos the their tombstones and its setting. Take a slow stroll through the cemetery and read the history of the area and its people that is recorded on the markers. Eventually, you'll find yourself touring cemeteries without known relatives in it, just for the enjoyment of observing the love and drama witnessed on the tombstones and their plot layout and maintenance.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Article on the GYR Online Journal

This week in our Graveyard Guru column, Stephanie shares with us the Obelisk and its origins. Hop on over to the GYR Online Journal and read the article.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Article on the GYR Online Journal

This week in our Digging for Answers column Randy addresses the following question:

What is the history behind Decoration Day becoming Memorial Day?


The history of Decoration Day and Memorial Day is summarized in the article "Memorial Day"...
Hop on over the the GYR Online Journal for the rest of the article.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Article on the GYR Online Journal

This week in our Photo Monument column Gale Wall gives us the definition, word history and examples of cenotaphs.

Hop on over to the GYR Online Journal and read the article.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Call For Submissions - Graveyard Rabbits Carnival June 2010 Edition


The topic for the June 2010 edition of the Graveyard Rabbits Carnival is: The Interesting, The Odd, The Beautiful.

This topic was submitted by Gail Wall, who authors the blog, Digital Cemetery Walk, and I think it's going to be a very interesting carnival. How odd can they be? Come on Rabbits, show us.

Submit your post to the carnival using the submission form. Submissions for this edition are due by May 25. Be sure to include a short description of your post in the “remarks” section of the submission form.

Upcoming Topics

  • July 2010 – Scavenger Hunt
    (idea submitted by Julie Cahill Tarr)
  • August 2010 – Favorite Season
    (idea submitted by Henk van Kampen)

Graveyard Rabbit Carnival - May 2010


The topic for the May 2010 edition of the Graveyard Rabbits Carnival is: Cause of Death, submitted by Matt Hucke, who authors the blog, Graveyards of Illinois.

In this edition of the GYRabbit Carnival we share those most intrigueing causes of death you've stumbled upon in your cemetery research. Let's begin our virtual cemetery walk to see what you've found!

Matt Hucke presents Cause of Death, Noted posted at Graveyards of Illinois, saying, "Of the hundreds of thousands of monuments that I have seen in my travels through the Graveyards of Illinois, only a tiny fraction list the cause of death. These are invariably tragic: an accident, a murder, a drowning, a fire; yet some offer tales of heroic deeds, like those police and firemen who give their lives to protect others."

Dorene Paul presents Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay: Cause of Death: Tuberculosis posted at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay, saying, "Mrs. Julia Orshoski died of tuberculosis in 1919, leaving her husband a widower with six young sons."

Denise Olson presents Heretics posted at The Graveyard Rabbit of Moultrie Creek, saying, "A pristine beach hides a mass grave of French Huguenots massacred by the Spanish. They had already surrendered to the Spanish forces so why were they killed? They died because the Spanish considered them heretics."

Midge Frazel presents GYR Cause of Death: Drowned posted at Granite in My Blood, saying, "Young William, age 14, must have ventured out onto thin ice and drowned. What heartbreak this must have caused his parents."

Tammi Thiele presents Cause of Death ... For the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival posted at Escape to the Silent Cities.

Lorine McGinnis Schulze presents Graveyard Rabbits Carnival: Broken to Shivers posted at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog, saying, "Poor Joseph was broken to shivers. He was only 33 years old."

Kimberly J. Sawtelle presents News From the Front posted at On a Grave Subject, saying, "Epitaphs revealing the details and circumstances of death for Civil War soldiers point to the disruption of nuclear family bonds caused by war and the impact of permanent separation of family by death. The public sharing of news from the front may have helped forge bonds between families sharing in the sorrow of sacrifice."

Henk van Kampen presents Cause of death: Execution by firing squad posted at The graveyard rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, saying, "The graves of Gerrit Westdijk and Justus de Swart. Both men were killed by a firing squad during the second world war, in December 1944 and January 1945, respectively."

Gale Wall presents GYR Carnival - Cause of Death posted at Digital Cemetery Walk, saying, "I think the cause of death most often listed on a tombstone is when a person died in military service. Those I have found that listed other causes left me thinking about the grief of the family."

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

And while you're here, take a look at past carnivals, there's so much interesting information to be found when you explore cemeteries with a Graveyard Rabbit: