I was inducted into that privileged group a while back by Terry Thornton, the innovative and prolific Mississippi blogger who coined the term. Terry explains the acronym like this: “a little History, a few Observations, a tad of Genealogy, and a lot of Stories to present and preserve local history.”
Terry, a retired university professor who calls Fulton, Mississippi, home, is the creator and author of the excellent Hill Country of Monroe County Mississippi blog. Although he’s been recovering from eye surgery the past few weeks, he’s been as busy as ever, adding blogs at a dizzying rate.
His latest project is the Book of the Dead for Monroe County. With links to 28 chapters already, Terry’s goal is to index all of the area’s cemeteries into a single list. Pictures, tombstone inscriptions and other information will be included in the indices and Terry welcomes volunteer help to collect and input the information.
This is a daunting task that is in capable hands. Without people like Terry, much local (and personal) history would be inaccessible at best, possibly even lost.
Writing prompt of the day: Call your local historical society and volunteer to help create or work on a project similar to Terry’s Book of the Dead.