Wednesday 21 October 2020

Concerning Cemeteries - a Geneameme

At the conclusion of a Twitter chat on #ANZAncestryTime my head was buzzing with memories of cemeteries, monuments, tombstones and graveyard visits and tales. What an opportunity this provides for a genea-meme!

As family historians and genealogists many of us have visited a wide range of cemeteries in the pursuit of ancestors' graves. At other times we have attended funerals and memorial services. All of these experiences are worth recording.

If you would like to participate, below are some suggested headings for a blog post. Please feel free to add your own or modify/omit to suit your purpose. In order to refrain from the maudlin, I've started with the beautifully tended cemetery and suggest ending with a humorous tale. There were a few humorous incidents recalled on the Twitter chat but this one from Sharn provided much amusement.
I look forward to reading a great variety of experiences and viewing the accompanying photos. Please add a link to your blog post in the comments below and I will list them all in a blogpost.
  1. A beautifully tended plot or cemetery
  2. Overawed by the size 
  3. Coldest (temperature wise!)/ hottest
  4. Smallest - most intimate
  5. Largest - tombstone or graveyard
  6. Most memorable, monumental or unforgettable
  7. Oldest grave found or oldest established cemetery visited
  8. Tribute memorial/building/experience
  9. Simple marker 
  10. The unexpected
  11. Best find ever
  12. Locals lived here
  13. At the crematorium
  14. Closest relatives are buried here e.g. parents, sibling/s
  15. Most humorous incident
Herein lies Ben Bowery
Left his girls without a dowry

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  1. Size of the cemetery or the stone? Or personal choice??

    1. All are personal choice, tried to leave them open to interpretation.

  2. This is great Carmel. Blog post coming

  3. Congratulations! Your blog has been included in INTERESTING BLOGS in FRIDAY FOSSICKING at
    Thank you, Chris
    Looking forward to seeing the responses..

  4. Here's my response was fun!

    1. Thanks, added

  5. I had so much fun completing the challenge this morning - thanks for the opportunity.

    1. Excellent, added here


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