Even if you’re not familiar with the term, you may be one if you spend any time in cemeteries while researching your family history.
I first became familiar with the term through blogging friend Terry Thornton, a co-founder of The Association Of Graveyard Rabbits – “an association 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.”
That’s a mouthful but anyone interested in family history can find something to identify with in that description.
The association took its name from a turn-of-the-twentieth-century poem by Frank Lebby Stanton, The Graveyard Rabbit. From the association web site: “Although the poem is about superstitions associated with graveyard rabbits, Stanton also establishes that such rabbits have a charmingly intimate knowledge of graveyards and a loving association with the dead. These traits are the motivation of the human beings interested in this group.”
Blogging friend Stefani Twyford’s moving “This I Believe” essay on family history was featured on KUHF in her hometown of Houston, Texas, this week. The site also has a transcript so you can follow Stefani as she reads her essay.
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