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Sunday, July 31, 2016

"What Happens When A Cemetery Dies?" Here's What Happened in One Place

Thanks to Donna Pointkouski for first spotting this!

www.phillymag.com,    Saturday, 30 July 2016.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Tallahassee National Cemetery--First Memorial Day, 30 May 2016

Tallahassee National Cemetery, one of newest VA cemeteries in the nation, marks its first Memorial Day today, Monday, 30 May 2016. Tallahassee National Cemetery is located in Leon County, with frontage along U.S. Highway 27 (Apalachee Parkway) near March Road and east of Tallahassee in Florida. The Department of Veterans Affairs purchased the 250-acre parcel of land in August 2012 for $6.8 million. Construction on the cemetery began October 2014. The cemetery was dedicated 22 May 2015, and held its first day service on 16 October 2015. The cemetery will serve over 83,000 Veterans in Tallahassee and the surrounding area. The initial phase of construction is expected to provide burial options for 10 years. Tallahassee National Cemetery is part of one of the largest expansions ever of the VA's National Cemetery system as recommended in a 2008 independent study. The National Cemetery system has been stressed by the demise of World War II era veterans, an aging baby boomer veteran population, and 14 years of active military operations in Southwest Asia. Tallahassee National Cemetery is located at 5015 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Can't Find Your Quaker Ancestor's Grave? How Quaker Cemeteries Are Different

If you've had difficulty finding your Quaker ancestor's gravesite, this video may help explain why. It's one in a series called QuakerSpeak, produced by Friends Journal. The series covers a number of topics, historical and contemporary, about the Society of Friends. You can find the magazine online at friendsjournal.org.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Coming Soon! Another Way to Get Peripatetic Graveyard Rabbit News

Next week, Geneablogie Publications will introduce The Peripatetic Graveyard Rabbit News, an Internet newspaper format where you can get  even more of the news content that you find in this blog! Watch for it!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Extraterritorial Graveyards: Graveyards in Foreign Countries Owned by Another Country

We've made mention in this space before about the American Battle Monuments Commission which maintains cemeteries and memorials overseas, usuch as that at Epinal, France, where my cousin Chaarles T. Bowie lies in repose. The ABMC oversees sites in 16 foreign countries and the UK Dependency of Gibraltar.  (The ABMC also has  four sites within the United States – can you name one?).

But did you know that there are several foreign owned cemeteries and memorials in the United States itself?

Two cemeteries on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, United States, one on Ocracoke Island and one on Hatteras Island in the town of Buxton, are owned by the United Kingdom. Both contain the graves of British seamen whose bodies washed ashore after German U-Boat attacks that occurred on 10 April 1942 against the San Delfino  and 11 May 1942 against (HMT Bedfordshire). Although thirty-eight souls were lost aboard the Bedfordshire, only five bodies were recovered. Four graves are at Ocracoke and two at Buxton; three of the bodies were never identified; one of them could be that of a Canadian seaman. The plot of land at Ocracoke "has been forever ceded to England" and is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The plot was leased to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for as long as the land remained a cemetery. The graves on Hatteras Island are maintained by the U.S. National Park Service. Ironically, this portion of the Outer Banks is where the pirate Blackbeard was killed by British forces in 1718.

 The Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, and about 25 square feet (2.3 m2) of land around it, the place where James Cook was killed in 1779, is owned by the United Kingdom. An historian on the occasion of the monument's 50th anniversary recorded in 1928 that the white stone "obelisk monument [was] erected to the memory of Captain Cook, about 1876, and on land deeded outright to the British Government by Princess Likelike, sister of King Kalakaua, about the same year, so that that square is absolute British Territory." Hawaii was a sovereign nation at the time. According to a 2011 article by John M. MacFarland, "The land under the monument was deeded to the United Kingdom in 1877 and is considered as sovereign non-embassy land owned by the British Embassy in Washington DC. ... the Hawaiian State Parks agency maintained that as sovereign British territory it was the responsibility of the UK to maintain the site."