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Honoring My Ancestors (#47702523)
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Bio Photo An Oklahoman by birth, Middle Tennessee has been my home since a young girl. Working on my family history provides countless hours of enjoyment each week. The occasional road trip to visit county Archives, relatives and 'Graveyarding' in local cemeteries provides the "icing on the cake" for my research. The primary families that I focus on are Pickens (MS,OK), Hilliker/Hillaker (Canada/Michigan), Taylor (Rockcastle,KY), Whaley (Canada/MI), Wheaton (MI), Fox (OH,KY), the Lamirands (Wanette,OK) and all those who have married into these families in my research. States that I love to visit on my genealogy travels are Oklahoma, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. Thankfully, my father-in-law completed the family history for my husband's side of the family. Those families include the Murphys(Liverpool), Maske(Germany/Poland), Spielman(Germany/Poland/Wis), and the many families affiliated with his extensive research. I have a wonderful family who supports this addiction. This introduction to a Facebook group by another member sums my it all up regarding this addiction:

"I am a self confessed Taphopilic. I need no cure, no medication. no rehab. just a walk, gently treading through the sleeping dead.", F. Cooper (Bahahahaha, love it!)


"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."
~Indian Proverb


"I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there is purpose and worth to each and every life." ~ carved on the memorial wall at President Ronald Wilson Reagan's burial site. 1911-2004.


When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
~Author Unknown


"As we think well of ourselves, let us remember that we are standing on the shoulders of the generations before, for if they had not come, we would not be here."


We are the Chosen

In each family there is one that 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 fact. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes 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 keep 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 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 I the long lone 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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Elizabeth Diamond
I had read about Elizabeth and her wishes from an article I found on the internet. It was my honor to sponsor her memorial.
Added by Always Remember...Never F... on May 26, 2016 6:59 PM
Shirley Reeve
I see you have created a memorial for Lanny Buckner in Evergreen Cemetery in Flint. There is no Evergreen in Flint -- it's in Grand Blanc -- and Find-a-Grave already has one of those. You may wish to move your memorial to the existing Evergreen and delete the one you created.

Added by Shirley Reeve on May 24, 2016 5:57 PM
Eleanor Cross Koepke
RE: Query about Ward family
After I entered Royce's Memorial found yours. yes he is my ccousin. I would be glad to maintain his memorial if you wish to transfer it. He is my cousin. I'm going to the funeral today. Thank You.
Added by Eleanor Cross Koepke on May 22, 2016 6:26 AM
Janet Roberts
Thomas Andrew White
Thank you for the transfer. I certainly appreciate it.
Added by Janet Roberts on May 18, 2016 4:51 PM
Janet Roberts
Thomas Andrew White
Would you please transfer Thomas Andrew White (162379833) to me. I just added his wife Willie Mae and need to add information for them in form other than from the obituary. Thank you.
Added by Janet Roberts on May 14, 2016 11:09 PM
Anthony Priest
You are welcome. Sorry that I didn't find any more info.
Added by Jim on May 11, 2016 7:12 AM
Joe Puckett
Remove my info from your pages
Me and my wife Patti Holbrook Puckett are still alive and I want all our info removed from your pages now! If it isn't removed soon I will have to have my attorney contact you.
Larry Joe Puckett Sr.
Added by Joe Puckett on May 09, 2016 4:49 PM
Beautiful Stoner
I am not a relative, sorry.
Added by Beautiful Stoner on May 04, 2016 7:11 PM
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Thanks for the transfer of my uncle's memorial! Devswag
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L Beacon
RE: Re: George Coyne
Thanks so much!
I am not related to Mr. Coyne, my father-in-law served with him in WWII and I am trying to put together a little bio on him and his military service.
Added by L Beacon on Apr 19, 2016 10:39 AM
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