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DNealeDE (#47447815)
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Bio Photo When my mother passed away, my sister and I inherited her geneology binders. She had been researching geneology most of her life.

I am trying to continue her work and this web site has been a tremendous help. (Thank you Kim for telling me about it).

If you would like to use one of the photos I have taken, please just ask. It is, after all, why we do it. Asking and a thank you makes the days walking through cemeteries and sitting at the computer worthwhile.

I will be glad to transfer any memorial that belongs to your family.

All readable monuments in the following cemeteries have been photographed:

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery, Warwick, MD, 05/13

Old Drawyers Church Cemetery
Odessa, DE, 08/13

Old Saint Anne's Church Cemetery
Middletown, DE 05/12

Elmwood Cemetery
Shepherdstown, WV (in progress)

Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery
Wilmington, DE 06/2014

Silverbrook Cemetery
Wilmington, DE (in progress)


The Story Tellers

My feelings are 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 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 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 the bones. [Author Unknown]
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Linda G
John A Bryson #135511097
I sent you a message through an email on September 3 re: transferring my great uncle in subject line to me. I was wondering if you received it. Thank you.
Added by Linda G on Sep 17, 2016 4:50 PM
RE: Frank T Dickerson
I'm pretty sure they aren't but thanks. It was just curious finding them with the same name and dates. The one I was looking for died in Calif., but I was wondering if for some reason they sent him to Delaware for burial.
Added by CABrown on Jul 16, 2016 4:31 AM
Frank T Dickerson
Hi, I was looking for a Frank Dickerson, married to Elizabeth, but he died in California. It was strange with the dates being the same. I wondered if you knew any more about your Frank Dickerson. thanks
Added by CABrown on Jul 15, 2016 9:41 AM
Lillian (Nee Carty) Strahorn
Hi there- I put in a request to link Lillian (Nee Carty) Strahorn to her parents and you denied it. Lillian was born 19 Aug 1885 in Middletown, Delaware and was daughter of Thomas Carty and Lydia Smith. She married Wilkin Lovell Strahorn on 28 Jun 1922 in Wilmington, News Castle, Delaware. Is there some information that you have that I don't regarding Lillian that you could forward to me.
Added by AncestryFan on Jul 09, 2016 11:10 AM
George Riley
Thanks for the transfer of George's memorial to me. I appreciate your willingness to share!
Linda Keowb
Added by Linda KEOWN on Jun 21, 2016 7:44 PM
Mary Peterson Sparks
Hi! I sent you a message in a SAC about Mary Peterson Sparks. I was wondering if you received it?
Added by S.R.F. on Jun 15, 2016 7:22 PM
Memorial# 69591278 Emma L Morgan
I would like your permission to copy gravestone photos to my Ancestry Family Tree. I will credit you as the source.
Thank you, Pioneersearcher # 47016656
Added by Pioneersearcher on Jun 13, 2016 7:40 PM
L Evans
RE: Margaret Kerns
hello again.... she is moved and resting where she should be ;) I am most grateful for the transfer.
Blessings o Your W/end,
Added by L Evans on May 27, 2016 7:34 PM
L Evans
RE: Margaret Kerns
Thank you so very much for your kindness.... I will be back on tonight after dinner ;)
Added by L Evans on May 27, 2016 3:34 PM
Thank you for making the Bursler updates! If you would like additional info, please let me know. I have more on Sarah Gorrell Bursler as she was the sister to a grandmother of mine going way back.

I read what you wrote about your approach to genealogy. That's beautiful! It is much how I feel, though you've said it better :)
Added by Lar on Apr 17, 2016 7:22 PM
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