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Connie Starnes (#47163352)
 member for 6 years, 2 months, 9 days
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I've been into genealogy for close to 30 years.

I live in Ottawa County, Ohio but I'm willing to drive to neighboring counties to take photos.

If there are my memorials that are part of your family, I will transfer the memorial, unless its part of my family.

If you want a memorial transferred to you, please do it from the memorial with your member account number, thank you! If you request a transfer and I don't respond, please leave me a message on my message board with the information. If I consider the transfer as part of my family, I will respond back why I'm not transferring.

We Are The Chosen

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems 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. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. 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 am I and why do 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 the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth. Without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. 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 they and they are the sum of who we are. 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 my 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 restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.

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Messages left for Connie Starnes (346)[Leave Message]
Elgin Winters
Thank You.
Added by Bonnie on Oct 12, 2015 5:19 PM
K Voss
Joseph Applegate

Thank you for photographing the headstone and cemetery sign for my ancestor!

Kevin Voss
Added by K Voss on Oct 10, 2015 11:56 AM
Thank you so much for taking the Williams headstone picture!
Added by RMH on Oct 08, 2015 12:52 PM
Robt Leggett's grave
Thank you!
Added by silverthetis on Oct 08, 2015 5:30 AM
Susannah Charlton
Grave for Elgin Winters at Rusha
Hi Connie! I am a volunteer for FindaGrave too. Today while at Rusha Cemetery, I took a photo of Elgin Winters grave, one of the graves on the list for that cemetery that you had "claimed". I have the photo if you'd like to email me, then I'll email it back to you. :-)
Added by Susannah Charlton on Sep 28, 2015 6:57 PM
Earl photos
Thank you! The photos are great and give me new info to help in research. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Added by MHD on Aug 27, 2015 12:06 PM
Dawn M.
Boomer family
Thanks for the quick updates!

Added by Dawn M. on Aug 10, 2015 11:21 AM
Nancy Heib
Cora Gosline
Connie, Thank you so much for the headstone photo for Cora Gosline. Your time and effort are much appreciated!
Added by Nancy Heib on Aug 02, 2015 2:20 PM
Judy Seeley Price
Thank you
Thanks so much Connie, for sharing & for finding it to share. Like you quoted we speak for those who have passed.. Truthfully sometimes I prefer the dead to the living. Their stories need to be told, so we know how much our generation have learned & changed. Thanks to them the changes in our society and life, have grown. I will never ever forget the day my grandmother talked on my cell phone. She started life with out a phone. she lived through 3 decades and died at 102 yrs and 26 days. She is the reason I do this, she had so much knowledge. She kept scrapbooks of family events, whether good or bad once she was old enough to do them, they start in 1900 and go till the late 1900's. She passed in 2002. I think of her every day. So thank you for sharing some more of the jig saw puzzle of my life.
Added by Judy Seeley Price on Jul 25, 2015 4:57 AM
Rebecca Fisher
RE: Robert Lee & Flota Grimm
They are my family, so if you don't mind yes. I also want to thank you for what you do.👏
Rebecca 😅
Added by Rebecca Fisher on Jul 18, 2015 8:50 AM
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