Have questions?

I’m fairly new to cemetery hopping (and blogging). But if you have a question about a cemetery or would like me to try and locate a grave, feel free to let me know. You can always visit http://www.Findagrave.com since it might be listed there already.

If there’s a topic you’d like me to address on the blog, let me know. Or if there’s a cemetery you’d like to know more about. I want this blog to be interactive, not a platform for just my experiences and views.

Just e-mail me at traci.rylands@gmail.com.

21 thoughts on “Have questions?”

  1. How many people are at the oakland cemetery?

    • Roughly, it’s around 70,000 but many of them are not marked because some of them had wooden markers that disintegrated. The number of actual marked graves at Oakland is around 40,000. There are about 7,500 people buried in the Potter’s Field section but none of those are marked. Some of the Confederate grave markers have “unknown” on them.

  2. Conni Ellington said:

    I am so excited to read your blog and to know that someone shares my love of cemetery exploring. When I looked at the cemeteries you had visited, I was stunned. My husband and I have been trying to find Harmony Grove Cemetery for years as one of his ancestors is buried there. We are very into our genealogy and have even visited a direct ancestor’s home which he built in England in the 1400’s. PLEASE tell me where Harmony Grove Cemetery is located. I am now a devoted fan and can’t wait to see what you will write next. Keep up the great work!

    Conni Ellington, Plano TX

    • Hi, Conni! I am so glad you like the blog!

      There are actually 11 different Harmony Grove cemeteries in the state of Georgia. The one I have visited is in Lilburn in Gwinnett County, Ga. In fact, I was there just yesterday taking pictures. If you tell me the name of the person, I would probably recognize it. The cemetery is not that big.

      Find a Grave lists all of those cemeteries here. Keep in mind that if you do not see the person’s name, it does not necessarily mean they are not there. Not every grave is documented in every cemetery. Find a Grave is a volunteer effort so sometimes people may leave some out, especially if the cemetery is a big one.


      Let me know if you find out which one he/she is in. I would love to help if I can.

  3. I just found your blog, and I love the topic. Just a story for you. In my journey to document my husbands family – there remained a couple that we could not find graves for many years. We knew it to be in the Keithsburg area of Canton in Cherokee County but could not find it. One day sitting in a WaffleHouse on Hwy 5, I looked out the window and slightly hidden from the main road – I was looking at the iron gates to a cemetary. Well of course that was the next stop – Low and behold the original family members who moved into Canton were right there. It is such a thrill to find that marker… Georgie

  4. Michael Dillingham said:

    Ma’am, This is not a grave cover, but an iron coffin. http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil/AOM_October_2012.html

    • Hi, Michael. Thanks for your comment with the link. I have seen those before. They are fascinating items. I’ve seen a few made for infants, too.

      However, what I am writing about is definitely not a coffin. It’s a grave cover, as is spelled out in the patent J.R. Abrams applied for himself. That’s explicitly what he calls it. And the body is not placed inside the iron cover. The grave is in the ground under the cover, which is bolted down on top of a concrete or stone slab (usually). There are a few out there for adults, and they would be far too big to be contained in something so small.

  5. I too visit graves all over. Mostly because I enjoy my genealogy. I visited Hickory Flatts Cemetary in Nontootla area, Fannin Co Georgia. I wrote down most all legible names. There were unfortunately over 50 graves with no names i was only able to read a handfull. i even tried using a pencil with paper to enable me Anyone wanting this info? I have kept this since Sep 25, 2010

  6. I love it when I learn something I never would have dreamt even existed or needed to be don. The fact that you would have to heat the ground to thaw it out to be able to dig a grave. I live in Australia and we don’t get cold down here so thawing the ground just doesn’t need to happen.
    Kind regards.

    • G’day, Chris! I’m glad you enjoyed that post. I live in the Southern U.S. myself, so having to thaw the ground before a burial is a novel concept around here as well.

      Are there any unique soil conditions you all have to deal with when performing burials in Australia?

  7. Can you please tell me who Richard Gwenn is that took the photo of the little girl in the mourning sash and the hair wreath?

  8. JUDY NOBLES said:

    Discovered you and your comments re: Madge Brigham when cataloging my childhood books for my kids. SONNY ELEPHANT was a popular book in the 1940-early 50s, and I have an original edition of it. “Tis sad that Brigham isn’t remembered.

  9. Tom S. Foster said:

    Traci, this piece today (5-6-2017) you put out is quite interesting. Interesting in that it’s a small cemetery that, as so many small ones compared to the very large and famous ones, shows “common people” who made the town area sustain itself in on going history. Norfolk’s “Prospect Hill” looks well kept (outside of Abe Lincoln’s statue and the few tombstones that need cleaning & “little John’s” that needs fixing.)
    The Muller Tombstone photo – cute. I got to get one with my last name on it for fun while posing with it. (I know of one at that famous Crown Hill Cemetery in Indy I told you about. Got that it my video I made about two years ago.)

    Yesterday, as I was coming back from picking up my wife from work, while driving up Atlanta’s Moreland Avenue, I noticed on the right side a small cemetery – “Chestnut Hill”. This place is next to the Starlight Drive-In/Flea Market. Have you seen it? From Google’s map sections, it looks very wooded in the back section (if that is their property). Wonder who’s in that one?

    • Hi, Tom!

      I know exactly which cemetery you’re talking about on Moreland because I’ve passed it a few times myself. I have wanted to go there because there are not many graves documented on Find a Grave so I’d love to do that.

      But I’ve been a bit uneasy about going there alone as its is a bit rough around the edges down there. Westview is not in a great area either but it’s so big and fenced in that I’ve felt safe there. One day I may take my Mom with me to Chestnut Hill, she has no fear ha ha.


  10. Martin Lobel said:

    Your site is also educational! Being a Chicagoan, I especially liked the Rosehill Cemetery comments. Note: Your Website box does not accept my website name. It is martylobel.wixsite.com/chicagocemeteries. Thanks.

  11. June Moss said:

    Very cool info! Have you ever heard of the old Lively Family cemetery (DeKalb County, in the Oak Grove neighborhood off Briarcliff Rd)? There are a handful of graves there, and it was visited and documented by Atlanta historian Franklin Garrett decades ago. Supposedly, there’s a grave of a Lively with a birth date of 1773.

    • Hi, June! That’s not one I had heard of but DeKalb seems to have a cemetery in every other back yard. I looked up this cemetery and it’s supposed to be located behind a house on Briar Willow Drive off Briarcliff Road. Which house it’s behind I don’t know. Would love to get a look at it but I’m not prone to trespassing. I’ll have to do some more research to pinpoint just where it is or see if Garrett’s necrology lists a specific site. Thank you!

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