Facebook Groups: Graveyard Detectives

Graveyard Detectives
Administrator: Laurence John Manton
405 members

"The most interesting of New Orleans historic burial places..."

“The most interesting of New Orleans historic burial places…”

Q: There are a lot of cemetery aficionado groups on Facebook. What sets yours apart?

A: Graveyard Detectives provides a home for those interested in the World of Graveyards and Cemeteries. It takes a look at the stories behind the stones, as well as the symbolism, funerary architecture, and news about cemeteries from around the world. Photographs of memorials and gravestones, accompanied by some research on the person(s) they commemorate, are most welcome. If members of the group have any interesting related memorabilia, they are encouraged to share with this group. The purpose of the group is to help expand knowledge of this most fascinating area of interest.

Q: How old is your group?

A: It evolved out of my blog The Graveyard Detective, which launched in 2009. To this, I added a Graveyard Detective Facebook page, which highlights news about cemeteries worldwide. In late 2010, I created the Graveyard Detectives group to enable those interested in the subject to share their knowledge.

Q: Do you have a policy about what is appropriate to post?

A: I don’t have a published policy about what is appropriate or not. I have been fortunate, so far, that members of the group have stuck to the subject. That said, I do find an increasing number of people asking to join the group are unsuitable: mostly individuals with a profile picture of an attractive young woman, despite an about section that lists them as male — and there is only one post, which records that HE has changed HIS profile picture. Let those through and, suddenly, there is a post offering services or fashion bargains, etc. Response? Instant report, delete, and ban! I am an Admin on Cemetery Iron and find they get a certain number of dubious individuals wanting to join.

Membership of the group has risen more than 120% in the past three months and more people are posting in it. I think this is a reasonable indicator that the mix of content is probably about right.

Q: Is your group open to new members?

A: I run an open group, but prospective members need to ask to join.

Q: Are you a member of any other cemetery groups?

A: Twenty-eight related groups. There were more, but I recently withdrew from several and am likely to drop out of more in the future, concentrating on those I believe to add value to the subject.


About Loren Rhoads

I'm co-author of a series about a succubus and her angel. Angelus Rose, the final book, came out in February 2020. I am the editor of Tales for the Camp Fire: An Anthology Benefiting Wildfire Relief. I'm also author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel--and a space opera trilogy.
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4 Responses to Facebook Groups: Graveyard Detectives

  1. Mark1 says:

    I like your FB dubious person policy. I think most FB users, let alone groups have noticed an increase in dubious friend requests.


    • Loren Rhoads says:

      Strangely enough, in the last week, I’ve had an increase in friendly comments and advice on this blog that has been generated by spammers. It blows my mind that there’s a whole business designed to lure people from graveyard FB groups or cemetery blogs to buy shoes. I wouldn’t have thought there was a lot of overlap between the audiences.

      Thanks for stopping by, Mark!


  2. Mark1 says:

    You’re very welcome. I enjoy your blog very much.


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