October, the month when the spirits of the dead are abroad revisiting their former haunts marks the birth of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.
October 1, 2008, The Association of Graveyard Rabbits made its first appearance on the internet. Two years ago today the first online invitation to join this Association was posted. In 2009 The Association was honored to be one of Family Tree Magazine's 40 Best Genealogy Blogs in the Cemetery category. Where else would you find a Graveyard Rabbit?
In the coming year the Association will expand the Online Journal adding several new authors and columns. I think Father Rabbit would be proud.
The Association Of Graveyard Rabbits – dedicated to the academic promotion of the historical importance of cemeteries, grave markers, and the family history to be learned from a study of burial customs, burying grounds, and tombstones; and the social promotion of the study of cemeteries, the preservation of cemeteries, and the transcription of genealogical/historical information written in cemeteries.
It is most appropriate that the month of All Hallows Eve is the birth month of our Association. October, the month when the spirits of the dead revisit their former haunts and the month when the Association whose haunts are the final homes of those dead came to life.
Our greatest resource is our members and the work they do in their communities and on their blogs. A very special thank you to Gale Wall, Diane Wright, Sheri Fenley, Henk van Kampen and all the Graveyard Rabbit Online column authors; Denise Olson, Tech T.I.P.; Stephanie Lincecum, Graveyard Guru; Gale Wall, Photo Monument; Randy Seaver, Digging for Answers; footnoteMaven, The History Hare; LisaMary Wichowski, The Rabbit's Review; Various Authors of The International Rabbit and A Rabbit's Tale; for their tireless work in furtherance of the Association.
The Association continues to grow. The members never cease to amaze us with their contributions to their communities and this Association. Well done!
Join us in this celebration as we look forward to the next year in the history of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits. The best is yet to come.