Friday, October 24, 2008

New Online Association Formed For Cemetery Studies

Itawamba Historical Society member and benefactor Dr. Terry Thornton of Fulton has created a new online association of fellow genealogical and historical research bloggers called The Association of Graveyard Rabbits. Membership in this online organization has been tremendously successful with more than twenty-five researchers and bloggers joining the association within the first week since it’s creation.

According to Thornton, articles posted to the association members’ blogs relate to cemeteries, grave markers, burial customs and information relating to burying grounds and specific gravestones. “Collectively we can add tremendously to the growing body of information so vital to the community of genealogists and family historians who depend heavily upon information recorded in cemeteries and upon grave markers,” Thornton says.

This association promotes only the historical importance of cemeteries, grave markers, and the family history to be learned from the study of burial customs, burying grounds, and tombstones. The social end of the association is from getting together in the blogosphere with a group of like-minded individuals all promoting the study of cemeteries, the preservation of cemeteries, and the transcription of genealogical and historical information written in those cemeteries.

The society applauds the efforts of Thornton with this noble endeavor. Be sure to take time to discover The Association of Graveyard Rabbits – a new online research tool!

1 comment:

Terry Thornton said...


Thank you so much for your kind words and for the mention of the new Association of Graveyard Rabbits. I'm looking forward to the work of the group and learning more about cemeteries across the United States.

What you fail to mention is the vast amount of work you contributed to the organization of the association during the weeks of planning prior to its start-up last week. Your advice, sound suggestions all, will continue to serve the Association well and are most appreciated. And you fail to mention that you will be starting soon a membership blog in the Association focused on Itawamba County, Mississippi. I look forward to that new blog about cemeteries in one of the hill country counties of Mississippi, Itawamba.

Thanks again for the kind words, the hard work you did behind the scenes, and for becoming a member of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits.

Terry Thornton