We are the chosen. My feelings are that 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. 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. 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? 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.
I go 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 bones 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 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 story tellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on their bones.
JOSEPH W. MARSHALL HI, I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CORRECT SOME CONFUSION, BETWEEN JOSEPH W. MARSHALL 1830-1893 BURIED AT DAYTON GLADE RUN CEMETERY AND JOSEPH WILSON MARSHALL 1827-1916 BURIED AT SMICKSBURG CEMETERY. THERE HAS BEEN CONFUSION ON ANCESTRY AND FIND A GRAVE. THEY HAVE SEPERATE PARENTS. WE HAVE CORRECTED SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR CHILDREN BEING TO THE WRONG PARENTS. I DON'T THINK JOSEPH W. MARSHALL 1830-1893 MIDDLE NAME WAS WILSON, ALTHOUGH I CAN'T FIND HIS NAME LISTED ON ANYTHING. IT MAY BE WADDING, FROM HIS MOTHERS MAIDEN NAME. TO REDUCE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS COULD YOU DELETE THE WILSON MIDDLE NAME ON YOUR FIND A GRAVE LISTING ? UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING I HAVE NOT FOUND. THANKS BILL
Maria Matilda "Mary" Eckenrode Howell Thank you for all the people you have added. Nice to see so many familiar names as my father(an Eckenrode) was from Cambria County and I have been researching in the area for over 30 years.
Writing today about a Eckenrode duplicate. Mary M. Eckenrode Howell Birth: Mar. 28, 1863 Death: Apr. 8, 1960 Memorial # 89719773 added: May 07, 2012
Maria Matilda "Mary" Eckenrode Howell Birth: Mar. 28, 1863 Apr. 8, 1960 Memorial # 107825112 added: Apr 04, 2013
FIND-GRAVE rule is the first one stays. I do not know how you want to handle it since you have additional information on yours. A. possibly have transferred to you and then add your info or B delete yours after sending edits to her.
RE: Rose Beatrice McCaa Hertzog I hope to get all the rest of the St. Pat's stones on Findagrave within the next two weeks. This coming Sunday we'll be dedicating the new cemetery entrance - to replace the old iron arch that blew down in an ice storm last November. I hope to get the Findagrave to replace the old pic with the new.
Uncle Leo Thank you for updating his memorial. He is the Uncle of my Brother-in-law, but I always knew him as Uncle Leo. His sister, my-brother-law's mother passed away 10.01.2013. That was the last time I saw Uncle Leo. I will get his birth Month & Day and send it to you as an edit. Ken
"Uncle Leo" Pelletier I added two photos and sent you some additional information as edits to Uncle Leo's memorial. I just heard the news from my sister a few minutes ago. His jolliness and laughter will be missed.