----- ............Cemetery Walk: An afternoon of discovery! Every stone has a story. And they are waiting to be told........... -----

Friday, April 29, 2011

Stories in Stone New York

A sneak peek at Douglas Keister's new book:

I can't wait to add it to my library!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monument Humor

From the October 1914 issue of Park and Cemetery and Landscape Gardening.

Click on photo to enlarge

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Saving a Cemetery

Yesterday I made the trip to the very SE corner of my county to see the Antioch Dedication Memorial that was installed last year.

While there, we crossed into the neighboring county and visited the Mulkey Cemetery*. A man walked across the dirt road to visit with us. He was the one that had restored and cares for the cemetery. What a pleasure it was to chat with him and see that there are others that care for our rural burying grounds.

That was weird

Not sure what happened with two of my blogs. I was working on posts, signed in, when I got a message those blogs didn't exist anymore. What? Huh? Sure they do.

I got a Google screen which gave me a message about suspicious activity and to change my password.
Anyone else have something weird like this happen? I've never had a virus and freaked. All appears okay now. Let's hope so.

Revisiting Antioch Cemetery

I've blogged about this cemetery before. August 2009 and  March 2010.

A little history...

I coordinate the cemetery projects for my genealogical society. The society compiled and published a cemetery book a couple of years after it was established in 1978. On the list was a cemetery without a name. Just listed with its location. It was listed as overgrown with few visible stones.

That wouldn't do. In my research I found an obituary that called it Antioch Cemetery. After discussion with the [self-nominated] caretaker [since 1980] we decided this was its name. Keith Neuway had cleared the site and installed a flag pole with a visitor's book tucked away in the box on the pole. Over the years he and neighbors have cared for the cemetery. The grass is always mowed and the flag on the pole at appropriate times of the year.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Family Tree Magazine 2011 Best Genealogy Blogs

I had a great start to my weekend. My husband came home from being out of town and took me to dinner. I had a facebook chat with my son. We are so excited that he returns home from Afghanistan in less than two weeks. And in the mail was the new issue of Family Tree Magazine. My blog is on page 23 as one of the 2011 best genealogy blogs for the cemetery category. I never would have guessed back in 2008 when I created my blog that it would find itself highlighted in my favorite genealogy magazine. It really is an honor. There was also an article on the FTM website about the 40 best genealogy blogs.

Thank you to everyone that voted for me. If you are visiting my blog because you found it listed in the magazine please leave me a note in the comments section so I will know that you stopped by. I hope you enjoy your visit here and will sign up to follow me as I share interesting headstones and cemeteries from my cemetery walks.

Stop by the Family Tree Magazine site where you will find many genealogy tools!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

This is why

It's a small world sometimes.

Shortly after I started my cemetery blog in 2008 the Association of Graveyard Rabbits made its appearance in blogland. A great place to meet people that share my interest. One of those people is Russ Worthington.

Yesterday when I posted the update on my flickr albums I never would have guessed that someone in New Jersey would connect to the photos I snapped in rural Kansas. But Russ did. When I read my email this morning I said to myself "this is why I do it." He also shared a public thank you on his blog and facebook.

The Cottonwood Cemetery is on the route we take to the big city about 3 1/2 hours away. I finally asked my husband to stop and give me 15 minutes in it after passing by so many times. When working with such a short time frame I always head to the old section and photograph what I can since those are the ones that are being lost to time and weather.

J. Whitall Reeve, GG GF of Russ, was born in PA and rests here in KS.

Bookshelf Updated

I moved a book from wishlist to my bookshelf.

Enss, Chris. Tales Behind the Tombstones; The Deaths and Burials of the Old West’s Most Nefarious Outlaws, Notorious Women and Celebrated Lawmen. 2007.

I've peeked inside but will try to save it for a road trip coming up.

What interesting or favorite books do you have on your bookshelf?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Online Album Update

I spent some time today uploading cemetery albums to my flickr site.

Out of 254 cemetery files 166 are now online, with over 12,500 photos. My flickr site is best viewed by collection which is by State - County. Within the collection are sets, which are each cemetery.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cemetery Closed

Are you kidding me? Let's hope the city and preservation groups involved can save this cemetery.

Thanks to Stephanie at Southern Graves for sharing this link on facebook.

Huge Historic Cemetery Shuts Down : MyFoxPHILLY.com

Mary's Autograph Book - Part 4

Death of Mary's son, Warren Fay.

Recap of Mary's children:
  • Helen V.: 1891 – 1891 [in same lot with Mary, Robinson & Warren]
  • Sidney Hill: 1888 - 1976
  • Warren Fay: 1892 - 1909 [drowned]
  • Leo Vern: 1894 - 1979

Drowns in the Pond

W. F. Bramwell Sinks While Friends on Shore Look On

At Stevens Place Saturday Evening, Occurs First Fatality in Fifteen Years

Brave Attempt at Rescue

Owner’s Son Jumps in, Clothes and All, But in Vain

A Poor Swimmer, the Boy Loses Plank, Use While in Deep Water

Wednesday, April 6, 2011