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. Three years ago, October 18, the first online invitation to join this Association was posted. In 2009 and 2010, 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 last year the Association has expanded the Online Journal adding several new authors and columns and expanded its presence on Facebook and Twitter. I think Father Rabbit would be amazed.
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 Robin Simonton, Editor of The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal; Sheri Fenley, Meet A Rabbit; Henk van Kampen, Facebook, 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 Kim Sawtelle, Famous File; Tammi Thiele, Cemetery Art; John Grant, Final Thoughts; and the Various Authors of The International Rabbit, A Rabbit's Tale, Mausoleums/Columbariums, and Cemetery Spotlight; for their tireless work in furtherance of the Association. And a personal thank you to Robin, Denise, Sheri, and Henk who have shoulder all the work with my recent family medical issues. There is no better team.
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.