Thursday, January 1, 2009

Fairmount Memorial Park

Fairmount Memorial Park is located at 5200 West Wellesley Avenue in Spokane, past the Veterans' Hospital and Joe Albi Stadium, at the very west end of Wellesley Avenue. The 220 acres overlook the Spokane River and the Bowl and Pitcher. Fairmount is one of five cemeteries in the Fairmount Memorial Association family and was established in 1888 as Spokane's "Official City and County Burial Ground."

Lot records and genealogy information of those buried in Fairmount can be obtained at the cemetery office on the grounds, by calling (509) 326-3800, or by contacting the staff using an online request form. Some tombstone transcriptions can be found at here. Find A Grave has, at this posting, 815 memorial pages from Fairmount, which can be searched here. Maggie Rail has also transcribed most of the burial records through the year 2000, which can be seen here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Welcome to the Eastern Washington Graveyard Rabbit!

I'm a bit overdue for announcing my new blog, but I'm sure you'll forgive me.

Terry Thornton, who writes the well-known and widely-read Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi blog, got a wild hare hair and encouraged those of us who were already blogging about genealogy to begin to blog about our local cemeteries. He, along with the inimitable footnoteMaven, is a founder of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits, and I'm privileged to be asked to be one of the charter members.

Why "Graveyard Rabbits"? We derive our name from a poem by Frank Lebby Stanton, American poet of the Deep South. You can read about Stanton, learn about rabbits, hares, and superstitions, and enjoy the poem itself here.

The purpose of The Eastern Washington Graveyard Rabbit will be to feature "epitaphs, images, and more from the cemeteries of the Inland Northwest." Eastern Washington has been my home for 29 years, but it was not my ancestral home. I know more about the cemeteries in my ancestral locations back east than I do about my local cemeteries, so this will be a learning process for me as well.

I plan to post just a few times a month at first, as time allows. Please be patient as I learn to utilize this new blog template and find my voice, so to speak, for this particular publication.

Again, welcome, and humble thanks for dropping by!