Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Article Available in the GYR Online Journal

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The solemn procession to the grave reaches its greatest expression of sorrow and respect through the dignity of horse-drawn carriages.


The History Hare looks at the "The Last Ride." The Horse Drawn Hearse In History, From The Beginning To “The Very End.”


With this article The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal experiments with the digital magazine format. Does it have applications for the journal or the newsletter? You be the judge. We want to hear from you.

What's a digital magazine you ask? Why describe it when you can experience it? Read the minimal instructions in the Journal post and give it a whirl. (For the best viewing experience please select Full Screen Mode.)



You'll find The Last Ride from the History Hare in
the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Newsletter News

Gale and Diane are working together to make an informative newsletter that will alert all Rabbits to graveyard news of all kinds. We want to make sure that you are recieving the newsletter.
Would you please send your name, blog name, state or region to GYRnews@gmail.com
Feel free to send any ideas, suggestions or news.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Article Available at the GYR Online Journal

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This week, Stephanie Lincecum presents an excellent article on epitaphs in her Graveyard Guru column.  Stephanie looks at the history of epitaphs and provides a handful of examples.


I have been studying epitaphs quite a bit lately and decided to make them the subject of this edition of Graveyard Guru. The word epitaph is from the Greek word epitaphios and translates literally to “on the gravestone.” Epitaphs take on many forms, from simply a name with dates, to a long dissertation about the deceased. It might be in the form of a quote, poem, Bible scripture, or a humorous one-liner. While today, short and simple inscriptions are common, much longer ones were more the norm from roughly the 14th through the 19th centuries.


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

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Reminder – GYR Carnival Submissions Due 1/25

This is your friendly reminder that submissions for the February 2010 edition of the Graveyard Rabbits Carnival are due on January 25th.

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The topic for the February 2010 edition of the Graveyard Rabbits Carnival is:  Cemetery Critters

This topic was submitted by Diane Wright, who authors three GYR blogs:  The Kansas Rabbit, The Wright Graveyard Stew, and The Grave Yard Rabbit Travels Wright.

For this topic, post those photographs you’ve taken of critters in the cemetery.  All critters are welcome: rabbits, squirrels, spiders, chipmunks, whatever you want to share!

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

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Article Available in the GYR Online Journal

Randy Seaver’s kicking of the new year with his column, Digging for Answers.  In this article, Randy provides some valuable resources to help answer the following question:  There is an interesting symbol and Latin words on my ancestor's gravestone - what do they mean?


As you surmise, they mean something!  But it depends on the context of the symbol and the words.  Is it a symbol that conveys a message about the deceased, or does it mean that s/he was a member of a certain group?  These symbols or emblems may be only decorative or have an explicit, or even a hidden, meaning.  The Latin words (or any lettering) may be a motto or saying of a specific group that the deceased was a member of.

There are a number of websites that have interpretations of carved symbols or designs found on the gravestone that tell a story.


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

Friday, January 1, 2010

Call For Submissions – GYR Carnival February 2010 Edition

The topic for the February 2010 edition of the Graveyard Rabbits Carnival is:  Cemetery Critters

This topic was submitted by Diane Wright, who authors three GYR blogs:  The Kansas Rabbit, The Wright Graveyard Stew, and The Grave Yard Rabbit Travels Wright.

For this topic, post those photographs you’ve taken of critters in the cemetery.  All critters are welcome: rabbits, squirrels, spiders, chipmunks, whatever you want to share!

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

Upcoming Topics

  • March 2010 – Forgotten Cemeteries
    (idea submitted by Tina Micheal Ruse)
  • April 2010 – Anonymous Graves
    (idea submitted by Henk van Kampen)
  • May 2010 – Cause of Death
    (idea submitted by Matt Hucke)
  • June 2010 – The Interesting, The Odd, The Beautiful
    (idea submitted by Gale Wall)
  • July 2010 – Scavenger Hunt
    (idea submitted by Julie Cahill Tarr)
  • August 2010 – Favorite Season
    (idea submitted by Henk van Kampen)

Graveyard Rabbits Carnival – January 2010 Edition

Welcome to the January 2010 edition of Graveyard Rabbits Carnival.

Our first member-submitted idea, for the January 2010 edition, is The Final Resting Place.  This theme comes from Colleen McHugh, author of the GYR blog, The R.I.P.PERS.  Colleen wants us to investigate how families determine their final resting place.  She goes on to say:

In today's mobile society, does one choose a place near where they last lived? Or do they return to the place of their roots? Do they rest in a family plot? If so, and if married, whose family plot? How has the determination of the final resting place changed between the time of our ancestors and now?

Up for the challenge were nine bloggers, who approached this topic in many different ways.  Be sure to read all of the submissions, as you may find some help in your own research.


Diane Wright presents Final Resting Place posted at The Grave Yard Rabbit Travels Wright.

Dorene Paul presents Old Perkins Cemetery posted at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay, saying, "The residents of Erie County, Ohio's Perkins Township in the 1940's thought their ancestors' remains had found their final resting place, but due to the War effort, a new final resting place was found."

Lee Drew presents Didn’t Have To Travel Far posted at FamHist, saying, "Ancestral graves in the same cemetery and the joy of spending vacations finding the graves of your ancestors."

Rebecca Deighton presents The History Of Gravestones by Gravestones.org.uk posted at Gravestones.

Rob Burress presents Welcome to Living in Asheville, North Carolina posted at Living in Asheville, North Carolina.

Rurh Coker Burks presents Tell Me About The Dash posted at Last2cu, saying, "How people choose a final resting place."

Alice Keesey Mecoy presents John Brown Kin: The Final Resting Place - Musings of a Genealogist posted at John Brown Kin, saying, "John Brown descendant contemplates what to do after death, now that she has spent a year visiting numerous ancestors graves."

M. Diane Rogers presents The Final Resting Place – Graveyard Rabbits Carnival posted at CanadaGenealogy or ‘Jane’s Your Aunt,’ saying, “The choice of final resting places for family members may reflect practical concerns as well as emotional responses. Changes in burial customs may also influence both attitudes and decisions.”

Colleen McHugh presents Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep posted at The R.I.P.PERS.


That concludes this edition. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.  Be sure to join us for the next edition!