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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)

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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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Janice Zoradi
RE: Joseph Whitten Photo
Yes, that would be awesome for you to transfer them!
Thanks so much.
Added by Janice Zoradi on May 04, 2015 3:50 PM
Janice Zoradi
RE: Joseph Whitten Photo
I hadn't seen the grave for the other Whittens. They are family members, too. Thank you so much for letting me know! Appreciate it.
-Janice
Added by Janice Zoradi on May 04, 2015 11:57 AM
Cassandra King
RE: Hello again
These are my family members. I am not deleting anything. The only people I track are my family. Please delete yours and leave the "logging" to those to whom they matter.
Added by Cassandra King on May 04, 2015 6:22 AM
Janice Zoradi
Joseph Whitten Photo
Thank you so much for photographing the gravesite of my relatives Joseph and Hortense Whitten. I live in California and it means a lot that you would take the time to document their grave so I can see it and use it in my family history records. I will be sure to credit you as the photographer.
Many thanks,
Janice Zoradi
Added by Janice Zoradi on May 03, 2015 9:13 PM
David P. Wilson
RE: Sophia Ryan memorial
Hi, Denise. I'm guessing that what happened is that I likely searched for "Sophie" on FG under the Sophia spelling, which wouldn't have come up as a listable match at such time, ditto that I had no doubt already done a search for her under her known death year, which the original memorial doesn't include that year, so, likewise, no match would have come up. Normally I also check for possible spelling variations (such as entering just first initial of first name), and not including any year (either birth or death) at all, though, unfortunately, apparently failed to do so in Sophia's instance. I a short time ago contacted Kimberly, to request memorial tranfer, so will get everything squared away, and my dupe deleted, soon after hearing back from her. Again, thank you very much for bringing the dupe to my attention, and keep up the terrific FG work! Best regards, Dave
Added by David P. Wilson on May 03, 2015 3:58 PM
David P. Wilson
Sophia Ryan memorial
Hi, Denise. Thank you for alerting me to the dupe memorial for Sophia Ryan that I created earlier this year. I always check for existing memorials before creating one, but somehow failed to do so with that one, which I apologize about. I'll contact Kimberly within the next day or two to request management of the original memorial for Sophia, will add the content that's in my memorial to hers, then will delete my dupe once everything's been transferred over and squared away. Again, thank you very much for catching my oversight. Best regards, Dave
Added by David P. Wilson on May 03, 2015 3:02 PM
Russ Pickett
RE: John Kennedy Hill #122594538
I have not been able to find "anything" on him yet .... but still trying. :-(

Russ
Added by Russ Pickett on Apr 28, 2015 3:06 AM
A DePrisco Bishop
RE: Christian Peterson grave
Thanks very much! I have ancestors at Silverbrook as well. Can't wait to see what you find.
Added by A DePrisco Bishop on Apr 10, 2015 10:36 AM
A DePrisco Bishop
Christian Peterson grave
Thanks so much for adding the photo of Christian Peterson's headstone (in Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery). There is no telling when I'll next be able to make a trip up there. I very much appreciate getting to see it.
Added by A DePrisco Bishop on Apr 09, 2015 2:52 PM
kickstand
RE: Alfred and Sophie Lustig
Yeah, the beta uploader apparently doesn't send notifications or remove pending photo requests. Hopefully they will fix that. Glad to help out.
Added by kickstand on Apr 05, 2015 8:03 PM
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