I have the pleasure of introducing you to Jonathan Del Collo of the Daily Tombstone Photo blog. A blog featuring a different tombstone, mausoleum, or cemetery photo everyday.
Jonathan’s genealogy journey started in 1996, when he visited his great uncle Tony. His uncle liked telling Jonathan about his family and grandfather, John Del Collo, who died at the very young age of 34.
In Jonathan’s uncle’s living room hung a photo of an old couple in the early 20th century. When Jonathan discovered that the photo was his uncle’s parents and his own great grandparents, he was hooked and wanted to know more about them and both sides of the family.
Jonathan became interested in cemeteries after spending a lot of time in them researching his ancestors in the mid 1990’s. Since then, he has been fascinated with tombstones, mausoleums and all things cemetery; he then decided to create his blog. In Jonathan’s own words, “I simply like photographing stones and mausoleums I think are interesting and like sharing the photos with others.”
Jonathan is also a huge opera fan and a proud member of the American Institute of Verdi Studies. He is also a huge Frank Sinatra fan, “when I am not walking and photographing a cemetery, listening to an opera or swinging to Sinatra, I love reading history, watching baseball and spending time with my wife and our families.”
Jonathan’s Blog and His Family
At first, Jonathan’s family raised their eyebrows at his interest in genealogy, tombstones and cemeteries. As the family visited his blog more and more, Jonathan’s family grew to admire the real works of art that reside in cemeteries and began to support him. His mother-in-law even scouted out a cemetery for him to take photos of one she found very scenic.
Jonathan’s family follows his blog regularly. In fact, his father-in-law says it’s the first thing he looks at on the Internet each morning.
How Jonathan Follows The Rest of Us
Jonathan uses Google Reader to keep up on his blog reading. He finds it very manageable to read the 50 plus blogs he follows.
From time to time, Jonathan receives blog comments by way of his email but does not use his email to follow fellow bloggers.
Jonathan’s Thoughts on Blogging
When Jonathan started his blog, his main concern was that others would think him as some sort of “ghoul.” Someone who had nothing better to do with his time than roam cemeteries and spend time with the dead!
Jonathan’s only other concern was whether he could devote enough time needed to maintain his blog regularly. Both concerns have become “history.”
Jonathan’s favorite post was the “Crater” tombstone that he had posted a few months ago. This particular post received a lot of laughs and brought more comments to his blog. Jonathan has also made contributions to Family Tree Magazine’s “Funny Gravestone Photos” group on flickr.
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Take a moment and head on over to Jonathan’s blog, leave him a comment letting him know you stopped by for a visit. Welcome Jonathan!
© 2010, copyright Gini Webb
Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, recently retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her now seven grandchildren!
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