My name is Traci Rylands and Atlanta, Ga. has been my home for most of my life.
Writer, editor. Friend, wife, Mom. Coupon clipper, church food pantry volunteer. Investigation Discovery (ID) addict, amateur travel agent. Those are a few words that describe me. But the most important would be follower of Christ.
As a student at the University of Georgia, I took obituaries over the phone at the Athens Daily News. My first job after college was with a company that sold “pre-need” funeral plan insurance policies. So I have met many funeral directors over the years and am comfortable with the subjects of death, funerals and cemeteries.
Now I’m a photo volunteer for Findagrave.com, a database of cemeteries around the world. I enjoy learning about the stories of those individuals whose graves I find while on my rambles. The term “cemetery hopping” comes from when I move from grave to grave trying to locate a specific grave.
I am not connected in any way with Findagrave.com management and receive no compensation for writing about them. I am not employed or connected to the funeral service industry. I just want to share my passion for unearthing the past and what happens along the way.
In January 2021, I was named Director of Cemeteries for the Dunwoody (Georgia) Preservation Trust.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.