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.

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