The Grand Genealogy Journey 2010 (Virtual Edition) Starts Anew

Believe it or don’t, but it’s been three years since the Big Train Trip.  I’m really ready to go again, but circumstances currently won’t allow that.  So we started to lay out our virtual genealogical dream trip traveling via Amtrak and other conveyances.  We ran into a set of difficulties soon after the beginning of the trip.  As a result, …Continue reading →


Memorial Day 2009

(click for larger image) If you haven’t been to Arlington Cemetery in the last several years, you may not recognize the memorial shown above.  It is the “Women in Military Service for America” memorial and it stands near the gate of the cemetery. The women’s memorial is intended to recall all women who gave their lives in military service.   But …Continue reading →


Credit Where Credit is Due

Our motto here at GeneaBlogie is “Learn, Share, En joy, Appreciate!” To which we often add, “Express Gratitude!”  Today, I am grateful for the following: In early February, I went on the site Find-A-Grave.com to update some family grave postings there.  While I was there, I thought it would be nice to add photographs of two gravesites in particular:  those …Continue reading →


Tomb Sweeping Day

Over at The Peripatetic Graveyard Rabbit, we’re marking one of China’s biggest national holidays: Tomb Sweeping  Day. And just to show that globalization is real, they’re also celebrating in Weathersfield Township, Ohio.


The (New) Paripatetic Graveyard Rabbit . . .

. . . is here. Eh, I mean here! You’ll find up to the minute news about graveyards, cemeteries, and monuments, as well as the PGYR Video of the Week. This week’s video highlights a monument conservation training program put on by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). Located in Natchitoches, Louisiana, NCPTT is an element of …Continue reading →


Graveyard Rabbits?

What’s a Graveyard Rabbit? Well, there are about 40 or so new ones in the blogosphere as of tonight! The Association of Graveyard Rabbits is an inspired idea from Terry Thornton, writer and publisher of The Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi. It is a group of bloggers focused only on issues of cemeteries, burial, memorial monuments, and the like. …Continue reading →


The Phantom Funeral of Southern Illinois

Readers recall that in the summer of 2007, GeneaBlogie’s research trip took us to the St Louis area and southern Illinois.  We visited the Micheau family ancestral homeland of Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, a village founded by the French in 1722.  I didn’t know then what I know now: that in 1889, a phantom funeral was first seen near Prairie …Continue reading →


Detective Work: A Misplaced Headstone

I was trolling through Greenman Tim’s Cabinet of Curiosities [which I’ll write about at a later date–for now suffice it to say, a day without Walking the Berkshires is no day at all] when I came across this curiosity: Clarence Thomas Delaware PVT 52 CO 152 Depot Brigade World War 1 December 13 1890 March 14 1956 It’s the inscription …Continue reading →


Research Note: On the Ground in Cemeteries

[Posted from Kansas City, Missouri] I’ve spent several days in cemeteries on this trip and the following have proved useful: 1. Call ahead to ascertain the hours both the gates and the office (if there is one) will be open. 2. Stop by the office (if there is one) and interview the staff. Learn the history of the cemetery as …Continue reading →


Babies Buried in Libya?

The U.S. Air Force is trying to find the relatives of seventy-two U.S. citizens whose bodies were recently disinterred from an Italian cemetery in Libya. The deceased Americans are believed to be family members of U.S. military personnel once stationed at the former Wheelus Air Base outside Tripoli. Seventy of the persons were infants. Wheelus was originally an Italian airfield, …Continue reading →

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