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Retired legal secretary. Retirement was not my cup of tea, so I went to work part-time at my local library and ended up staying with them 5 years. Have been working on my family tree since the mid1980s. Find A Grave was recommended to me by an archivist in Lauderdale County, Alabama and I find it an added bonus in my geneaology tracking.|
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 story tellers 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 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 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 who we had never known before."
by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943."
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|Grave Walker(L Kopet)||98522769 picture|
This picture was copied from usgenweb.org without my permission.
I have removed the photo. I appreciate the correction. Feel free to use the suggestion/edit boxes for any future corrections, or email me at my email on my page. I will always respond promptly. Kind regards.
|Melissa||RE: Nicholas C. Roberts parents|
Yes. That's my Ancestry name. Yes--that note was tucked in the Roberts family Bible that my great-grandmother had that had belonged to her parents Jesse and Martha (Carson) Roberts. Yes, I suppose that's strange about them not naming a son Lewis, but Bill Roberts really felt that her notes were more substantial "proof" than what had been previously given by other researchers. Hope you'll be on the mend soon!
Added by Melissa on Nov 17, 2015 7:55 PM
|Melissa||Mary Floyd Roberts relocation|
Hi again, Bonnie,
On Mary's memorial page you mention:
She continued on to Arkansas with the children, first to Bradley County and then to Dorsey County (which became Cleveland County in 05 Mar 1885).
Just wanted to clarify something on their location. They actually did not move from Bradley Co. to Dorsey (Cleveland). They were living in Miller Twp. of Bradley Co. in 1870 which was annexed to Dorsey in 1873. So though the county name changed, they were still in the same place apparently.
Added by Melissa on Oct 24, 2015 11:53 AM
|Melissa||Nicholas C. Roberts parents|
Hi Bonnie, wondered if you had seen the notes on my family tree on Ancestry re: the parents of Nicholas C. Roberts. I believe Lewis/Louis Roberts to be his father based on notes my great-grandmother left in the family Bible. Her father was Jesse S. Roberts, son of Nicholas C. I had shared these notes with Bill Roberts who had straightened out the "Cecily Floyd" issue, and he agreed that it is more likely that Lewis/Louis Roberts and Rhoda Rosanna Dove are the parents of Nicholas C. He (if I remember correctly) had no real proof of John Roberts being Nicholas C.'s father.
Added by Melissa on Oct 23, 2015 11:27 AM
|Cindy (Horn) Smith||Jonathan Daniel "Jot" Osborn|
This is pertaining to this memorial Find A Grave Memorial# 39870056. I would be interested to know if this is the correct name for this person. I found a double marker with the correct dates and spouse but with Johnson D. Osborn. Which is correct?
|J. Faulkner||James Powers|
Please remove the scanned obit you posted to the memorial I created for James Powers. It is a violation of Find A Grave policy to post obits in the photo section as stated in FAQs concerning photos. Thanks
|ErgoSum||Rev John Calhoun Vaughn # 6327987|
Would you be willing to go and remove the big
flower you placed on the Reverend's memorial?
I sent some EDIT TABS and the findAgraver who
owns his memorial and they kindly updated it
with almost all of the info your flower contained.
So, I was a thinking that it would look ever so
much nicer without all that information and
with, perhaps a simpler one?
Added by ErgoSum on Oct 08, 2015 7:49 AM
|Marsha Holder||RE: #101583522 John David Riddell/Riddle|
I had a request to link Opal Riddell Massengill to her parents and in doing research, I found several references to Riddle. In Doyle case, his name may have been changed in the military. I usually use the spelling in the obit if it is the same as the SSDI and what the family puts on the headstones but put a note that it is spelled both ways. I know one family that has Greene on their headstone but have never used that "e" before or in their obits. Strange. Marsha
|Olivia Cartwright||RE: Help!|
Ms. Bonnie, you are great. I contacted them today, so hopefully I will hear something. Thank you for the information.
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