Thursday, March 27, 2014

My 1,000th Blog Post - Thanks for the Memories!

For my 1,000th post, I have decided to take a look back over the past seven years, since I first started this blog.

I can't believe I'm still blogging. There have been dry spells, days and even weeks, with no postings. Thankfully, I kept at it. I've learned to do this for me and not for the possible comments and recognitions I might receive.

Stone Gardens has had over 66,700 page views! Thank you for all of your support!

Since 2007, I have visited over 312 cemeteries, both here and abroad. I've been able to stop at cemeteries in 17 states. And, yes, I'm still bad at putting on the brakes to photograph a cemetery!

What had started out as a cemeteries-only blog has evolved into a blend of genealogy and cemetery research. As a genealogist, I have seen how gravestones provide the necessary clues to a family puzzle.

Most stones reveal more than just death dates. I've seen birthplaces, wedding dates, spouses, maiden names, occupations, children, society memberships, hobbies, immigration dates, photos, native countries and death places. Families honor and memorialize their loved ones in many ways.

I've been to some of the largest cemeteries (Mount Auburn in Boston, Calvary in New York & Laurel Hill in Philadelphia) to some of the smallest (Townsley and Harrell in Texas & Cortez Road in Arkansas) to find gravestones made of wood, white bronze (zinc), metal, granite, limestone & marble.

There have been Episcopal, Catholic, Methodist, Jewish, Lutheran & Muslim cemeteries, as well as, Polish, Mexican, German & Swedish cemeteries. I've seen family, state, military, pet, city & slave cemeteries. 

So many gravestones of veterans, I have come across. Not just from the Revolutionary War, but the Civil War (both Yankees & Confederates), Mexican War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan & during peace-time.

There have been Masons, Knights of both Columbus and Pythias, Woodmen, Shriners, Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. Along with Presidents, farmers, miners, sailors, doctors, game warden, public servants, teachers and babies.

I've seen angels, urns, sphinx, books, flowers, crosses, emblems, columns, animals, trees, vases & hands, with fingers pointed both up & down.

But, what do all of these cemeteries - "Stone Gardens" - have in common? They are the resting places of our loved ones. My blog honors the dead and examines the places where we bury our dead.

Most Viewed Blog Posts Since 2007:

Salem, Massachusetts
Jun 20, 2010

San Juan Capistrano
Jun 14, 2010

Historical Wednesday - President Harry S Truman
Feb 9, 2011

German Headstones & Maiden Names
Nov 19, 2011

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery - Taylor, Texas
Feb 15, 2011

VIP Wednesday - President Lyndon B. Johnson
Nov 24, 2010

Symbolic Monday - Masons, DAR, DRT
Feb 14, 2011

Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Jan 26, 2012

Cemetery Restoration - Mt. Moriah Cemetery - Philadelphia
Jul 5, 2011

Cemeteries I've Enjoyed Visiting:

Mount Auburn - Cambridge, Massachusetts

Laurel Hill Cemetery - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Calvary Cemetery - Queens, New York

Bellefontaine Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri

Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia

Oak Ridge Cemetery - Springfield, Illinois

Wells Town Cemetery - Wells, Vermont

Mount Olivet Cemetery - Nashville, Tennessee

Glenwood Cemetery - Houston, Texas

My Favorite Gravestone Photos:

Texas State Cemetery - Austin, TX

Mount Auburn - Cambridge, Massachusetts

Oakwood Cemetery Annex - Austin, Texas

Der Stadt Friedhof - Fredericksburg, Texas

Scottsville Cemetery - Scottsville, Texas

Wells Town Cemetery - Wells, Vermont

Calvary Cemetery - Little Rock, Arkansas

Evergreen Cemetery - Bloomington, Illinois

Mount Olivet Cemetery - Middletown, New Jersey

My Cemetery Bucket List (United States):

Hope Cemetery - Barre, Vermont
Lake View Cemetery - Cleveland, Ohio
Cave Hill Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky
Holy Cross Cemetery - Colma, California
Bonaventure Cemetery - Savannah, Georgia
Hollywood Cemetery - Richmond, Virginia
Green-Wood Cemetery - Brooklyn, New York
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - Concord, Massachusetts
Graceland Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois

My Cemetery Bucket List (International):

Highgate Cemetery - London, England
Cementerio de la Recoleta - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Père-Lachaise - Paris, France
Zentralfriedhof - Vienna, Austria
Merry Cemetery - Sapanta, Romania
Greyfriars Kirkyard - Edinburgh, Scotland
Mount Pleasant Cemetery - Toronto, Canada
Isola di San Michele - Venice, Italy
Waverley Cemetery - Sydney, Australia

My Favorite Overall Genealogy Websites:

Family Search
Find a Grave
US GenWeb
Heritage Quest
Chronicling of America
Cyndi's List
State Libraries & Archives
Local Libraries

Top Cemetery Websites:

Find a Grave
Billion Graves
Nationwide Gravesite Locator
US GenWeb's Tombstone Transcription Project
American Battle Monuments Commission
Cemetery Junction
ePodunk Cemetery Search

Cemetery Potpourri:

Association for Gravestone Studies

Association of Graveyard Rabbits

Cemetery Symbolism

Elizabeth G. and James D. Kot, United States Cemetery Address Book : All States, More Than 25,000 Cemeteries, Addresses, Locations (Vallejo, Ca.: Indices Publishing, 1994).

Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA, "Cemetery Research: On Site and on the Trip," (Online: ProGenealogists, Inc., 2004) [First published in Heritage Quest Magazine, May/June 2002 issue. Reprinted with permission].

Marilyn Yalom, The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008.

Save A Grave

Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Your Guide to Cemetery Research (Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2002).

Any cemetery book written by Douglas Keister.

THANK YOU to all for taking the time to visit my blog!
Stay Tuned......