Welcome to The Association Of Graveyard Rabbits – an association dedicated to the academic promotion of the historical importance of cemeteries, grave markers, and the family history to be learned from a study of burial customs, burying grounds, and tombstones; and the social promotion of the study of cemeteries, the preservation of cemeteries, and the transcription of genealogical/historical information written in cemeteries.

The Association Of Graveyard Rabbits was founded by Terry Thornton (Mississippi) with assistance from footnoteMaven (Washington) and Bob Franks (Mississippi). The Association Of Graveyard Rabbits is authored by Terry Thornton of The GYRabbit of The Hill Country. It features a weekly article with links to all of the articles written by the membership and a weekly feature devoted to the introduction of one of the members. Members are in contact with each other through their blogs, through a frequent Graveyard Rabbit e-Letter, and through interaction at the Graveyard Rabbit Group at Facebook. Additional publications planned include an e-Quarterly and an e-Annual.

The Association publication is implementing an articles and links library created with the contributions of its members. Discussions are ongoing about a Cemetery of the Year Award sponsored by The Association of Graveyard Rabbits.

Why The Association of Graveyard Rabbits?

The Association was named for Frank Lebby Stanton's poem, The Graveyard Rabbit. Although the poem is about superstitions associated with graveyard rabbits, Stanton also establishes that such rabbits have a charmingly intimate knowledge of graveyards and a loving association with the dead. These traits are the motivation of the human beings interested in this group.

About the Authors

footnoteMaven is the author of footnoteMaven, Shades of the Departed, and the Western Washington GYRabbit. WorldConnect.com's blog listed footnoteMaven as one of its top genealogy blogs, and Shades Of The Departed was recently featured in Internet Genealogy Magazine's Net Notes for September 2008.

Maven graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2001 and received the CALI Excellence For The Future Awards in Research and Writing, Federal Indian Law, and Criminal Law. She was the recipient of the 2000 National Balfour Scholarship Award from the International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi. The International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi was established in 1869 to promote the highest standard of ethics and professionalism in the law.

During her third year in law school, Maven was privileged to be an Extern in the Chambers of Justice Faith Ireland of the Washington State Supreme Court.

GYRabbit Emeritus

William Terrance "Terry" Thornton (July 26, 1939 - August 9, 2010) was the author of The Hill Country of Monroe County and three GYRabbit sites, The GYRabbit Of The Hill Country, The Lann Cemetery Blog, and The New Hope Cemetery. Terry was also the author of a "Hill Country" column at the Monroe Journal, a Monroe County Mississippi newspaper and a "Graveyard Rabbit" column at Shades of the Departed.

Terry held three degrees from the University of Mississippi where he was a National Science Foundation Institute participant and a NDEA Fellow for his doctorate in science education. His professional teaching experience ranged from public school, education television studio teacher, to university professor and administrator.

He retired from teaching, and lived in Fulton Mississippi with his wife Betty at the time of his death.

Contact The Association

If you are interested in membership in The Association of Graveyard Rabbits please visit the Join The Association of GYRabbits page. If you have questions please visit the Contact The Association of GYRabbits page. There are no dues or fees for becoming a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.