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We Are The Chosen
My feelings are in each family we are called to find the ancestors.
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again,
To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead,
Breathing life into all who have gone before.
We are the story tellers of the tribe.
We have been called as it were by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us:
Tell our story.
So, we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.
How many graves have I stood before now and cried?
I have lost count.
How many times have I told the ancestors
you have a wonderful family, you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave
and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.
It goes beyond just documenting facts.
It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do?
It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen.
The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh.
It goes to doing something about it.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish.
How they contributed to what we are today.
It goes to respecting their hardships and losses,
their never giving in or giving up.
Their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us
That we might be born who we are.
That we might remember them.
So we do.
With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence,
Because we are them and they are us.
So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.
It is up to that one called in the next generation,
To answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy,
And that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.
[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]
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|Megan Brooks||RE: John & Sarah Cummins Sponsorship|
You are welcome. They were my great grandparents. I did not meet them -- Sarah passed away when I was 10 months old -- but I have every reason to think highly of them. I just wish I could have understood the importance of Reevesville to my grandparents when we were visiting there, instead of 40 years later.
|nancy||Hannah E Davis|
Please add Clinton A Davis as Husband , Born
Nov 1878 Died Aug 27, 1959 San Bernandino Calif
They were married Oct 24,1897
If you could turn her over to me, she was my great grandmother
Added by nancy on Nov 10, 2014 10:26 PM
|Juanita Broyles||Grave Photos|
Deb thought I had left you a request to take photo's on graves at Weber Campground in Saline Co. Il.and post them on their find a grave site.They were the Williams and Broyles graves. If I did not I will be glad to supply the names again. Please let me know.
|Kaye Harkins McClintock||RE: # 124053844|
Thank you, Deb! And yes all went well with reunion. Also that was a typo on Bertha Martin Williams birth year. Got it corrected and thanks for catching it. Kaye
|Kaye Harkins McClintock||# 124053844|
Deb, did you get my info on Bertha Rich, she has a memorial already # 81879344 under the name Bertha Ann (Martin) Williams. She married first Harry Rich, September 2, 1905; second, S.A. Byrns 1922, & third, David Monroe Williams 1960. Kaye Harkins McClintock
|ELYSE ROSS||Thank you!|
I just wanted to thank you for getting the pictures of Louis Abba's grave. It touches my heart that you would take the time so that I can have that.
Have a wonderful day!
Thanks so much for the nice headstone picture you posted for Howard in Lakeview Cemetery. Appreciate your fulfilling the photo request. Sorry it has taken me so long to acknowledge your good work.
Added by AZLITE on Sep 09, 2014 10:20 PM
|Geraldine "Gerry" Humes||Re: Vera Strunk Garrett|
Thank you so much for the headstone photo of my cousin. It is appreciated.
|Charlene Kimpler||Sadie Cleary|
Thank you for full filling my request for a gravestone photo.
|Charlene Kimpler||RE: Oscar, Nellie, Bertha Thurmond|
Yes, I would like all of them to be transferred. My find a grave number is 47331665. I will take good care of them. Did you see the beautiful photo Evelyn put up for Bertha?
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