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May 25, 2010

I want to be a rabbit – a Graveyard Rabbit!!

Filed under: General, GRAVEYARD RABBITS — Tags: , , — rootsresearcher @ 10:08 pm

Even looooooong before I was bitten by the genealogy bug I was always interested in graveyards.  I always found them peaceful places to walk around (and still do) and some of the stones and monuments were always quite fascinating.  I stopped and read many inscriptions even though the people laid to rest there were not connected to my family at all.

Once the genealogy bug bit me, I had more of a sense of purpose for strolling around graveyards, still finding them very peaceful and interesting but of course I had the added incentive to discover my ancestors, transcribe any inscriptions that could still be read and if there was no stone, at least I knew which graveyard they were buried in and could still visit.

In more recent years it has saddened me to see so many graveyards turned to just grass with no tombs, monuments, headstones, nothing and where the obvious graves still exist it saddens me so much more to see that many younger people these days have absolutely no respect for those that went before us, because they really don’t worry about standing on an obvious grave, throwing their litter on it, and just trampling all over other graves. And some even vandalise graves!!  Why!?  I always tread very carefully so as not to walk over someone lying there and always utter a quick apology should I inadvertently step on a grave.

I talked to the Vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire a few years ago when we were able to visit and told him that sometimes it was quite difficult to not step onto someone’s grave and I felt bad if I did that.  He knew I was researching my family history and visiting ancestor’s graves and he just said to me that as I meant no harm at all then they won’t mind!!  So since then I don’t feel quite so bad because I don’t mean to trample on any of my ancestors or anyone else’s, but I still utter a quick apology, that’s just me!!

Since moving and updating this blog to here, and joining Geneabloggers and looking at many other genealogy blogs, which I find so fascinating, I came across the Graveyard Rabbit Association and other Graveyard Rabbit blogs.  They are wonderful and it is so good to see all those who are Graveyard Rabbits trying to inform, educate, preserve and generally try to “look after” their respective graveyards they are interested in.  It made me think that I would very much like to do the same.  So I am hoping to become a Graveyard Rabbit and am now trying to set up a blog to do this, as you have to have a blog especially for that rather than a blog like this one which has all sorts in it genealogywise.

If there are any Graveyard Rabbits reading this, I would be very pleased if anyone could give me some advice about doing this (as it is new to me) and any helpful suggestions as to what to include in the new blog I am setting up for this.



  1. Incredibly great article! Honest..

    Comment by Lupe Cartwright — May 27, 2010 @ 1:49 am

    • Hallo,

      Thank you for your comment and visiting my blog, it is much appreciated.

      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — May 28, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

  2. Hi rootsresearcher,

    Becoming a GYRabbit is easy: Just think of a topic for your blog (e.g. cemeteries in your area), create a new blog, and apply at

    Just read our blogs to see about what we rabbits write.

    Don’t forget to join us at facebook as well (, and consider joining our next blog carnival.

    Comment by Henk van Kampen — May 27, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    • Hallo Henk,

      Thank you so much for your comment and for visiting my blog. I have been looking at some Graveyard Rabbit blogs to get some idea of being a Graveyard Rabbit! Like the other genealogy blogs I am finding them all so very interesting.

      I’m trying to set the GR blog up and as soon as I have something on it I will click that “join” link you gave me. 😉

      And thanks for the Facebook link too, I had not realised there was a Graveyard Rabbit page there, so will certainly join it. And yes, I am interested in the blog carnival too, so once I get myself organised will be “signing up” for that too.

      Thanks for your help.

      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — May 28, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

  3. Hi, there – I see you already participate in Tombstone Tuesday. That’s something you can do on your soon-to-be Graveyard Rabbit blog too. Most of us write about what we see in graveyards (family related or not) and post our photographs or discuss local events or issues related to death, burials, and graveyards and cemeteries. And, there is a Graveyard Rabbit Carnival too. Looking at the topics, past and future, for the Carnival may, I hope, give you ideas for your own Graveyard Rabbit blog:

    Comment by M. Diane Rogers — May 27, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    • Hallo Diane,

      Thank you for dropping by my blog and for your very helpful comment. Yes, I very much like the Daily Blogging Themes and had already thought I could add the Tombstone Tuesday theme to my soon-to-be Graveyard Rabbit blog. Thanks also for the link for the GR Carnivals. I will certainly have a look at the topics as I have never done any Carnival so seeing some of the submissions will be helpful and as you say, give me some ideas for my Graveyard Rabbit blog. I’m hoping to have that up and ready in a day or two, so will post the address here and join the Graveyard Rabbit Association too.

      Thanks again for your help.

      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — May 28, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

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