Cemeteries have held my fascination for as long as I can remember. My childhood friends thought I was strange because I always wanted to cut through the cemeteries along the way as we walked home from school. They would have none of it, so afraid of ghosts they were. As I strolled through the several graveyards along the way again and again, the stone markers and the names inscribed on them became familiar. As I grew up, I learned more about the families and the people who were buried there. My curiosity caused me to become interested in their stories. Perhaps that’s why the idea of working with RootsTelevision.com (http://rootstelevision.com) on the series, Down Under Florida, was so attractive to me. I often encounter a marker and somehow feel drawn to learn the story about the person interred there.
During the many years I’ve worked on my family research, I’ve often searched for the burial location of my ancestors and their family members. I’ve learned an immense amount about cemeteries, tombstone art, mausoleum architecture, burial customs, and the wealth of clues that are to be found in these “cities of the dead.” I know I could write a book! And while cemeteries are great research resources, they mean nothing to you if you don’t know how to locate the graveyard in which your family members are buried.
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