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.]
Della Commings 1943 http://www.ancestorhunt.com/the-chosen.htm
Maddline Webb Jackson Please update the information you have on her...her birthdate is not correct. I know this because Maddline was my grandmother. She was born August 2, 1918. Thanks, Debbie Wilson Zdanowski Fehr. You might add that she had one child. Alice Gertrude Jackson Wilson. Alice will be buried in Altus Cemetery, Altus, Oklahoma. Alice was born 11-8-1936 to Maddline and Clarence Franklin Jackson. Alice passed on 12-4-2015.
107426243 Frankie Boner Deb, if you would like Frankie's obit, I can email it to you. In fact if there are any that I have edited of yours, and you want thier obits, just let me know. Merry Christmas, Kaye
Thomas markers Deb, Thank you for taking the pictures of Carl and W June Thomas Smith, and Evelyn Thomas's markers. Are you related to the Thomas family? I see where your name is on several of the same names that I am working on. Thank you so much.