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Connie Starnes (#47163352)
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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 (425)[Leave Message]
Nicolas Burge
Elizabeth Schott Zelms
Hi again,
I realize my last message was a little vague, sorry about that. Would you happen to have any information about Elizabeth or Melvin? If you do please message me.
Added by Nicolas Burge on Oct 20, 2016 3:19 PM
Nicolas Burge
Elizabeth Schott Zelms
I am a descendant of Elizabeth Schott Zelms, and I am creating a family tree for myself, as well as my brothers. I can not find much information on Elizabeth, or Melvin (her husband) for a matter of fact. They are my grandmother's grandparents, and i would love to find out more about my family history.
Nicolas Burge
Added by Nicolas Burge on Oct 20, 2016 3:12 PM
Debra Blanchard Gibson
Thanks '
Thanks for your double check on the 3 pictures. I appreciate it! I have trouble with the find a grave I phone app sometimes! Thanks for all you do!

Added by Debra Blanchard Gibson on Oct 20, 2016 7:38 AM
Tena Jones
Emma F. Smith Starnes
Hi Connie, Emma (Emaly) was the sister of my great grandmother, Florence Serena Smith. I am trying to get more information on the maternal side of this family and their Native American roots, either Chickasaw or Cherokee. We think their grandmother, Mary Polly Monteith McDaniel Fincher may be the connection. Would you have any information at all further about this family? Thank you, Tena Jones
Added by Tena Jones on Oct 10, 2016 9:32 PM
Debra Blanchard Gibson
Thanks for letting me know about the duplicate picture. Sometimes my IPhone is naughty. Thanks for all you do!

Added by Debra Blanchard Gibson on Oct 02, 2016 5:26 PM
dawn weatherwax
Uncle Joe
Thank you so much :)
Added by dawn weatherwax on Oct 02, 2016 4:27 PM
Ruth Masing
Kenneth E Wharton, Kenneth Evan Wharton !!
Hi again,
This is my uncle, my mother's brother and his child. Would you consider transferring the memorial to me. They are with my grandparents.

Added by Ruth Masing on Sep 24, 2016 3:36 PM
Ruth Masing
James and Rose Wharton
Connie, Thank you so very much for transferring my grandparents graves to me. Thank you for all you do to make everyone's memories stay alive!!
Added by Ruth Masing on Sep 24, 2016 3:13 PM
Ruth Masing
Rose Phoebe Wharton
This is my grandmother. Would you please transfer the memorial to me. Thanks
Ruth Masing 47747713
Added by Ruth Masing on Sep 18, 2016 2:33 PM
Ruth Masing
james Edward Wharton
Sorry, Connie. My account number is:

Ruth Masing
Added by Ruth Masing on Sep 18, 2016 2:30 PM
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