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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. |
"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."
"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.
"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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|Nina Redden Adamson||William Arthur Tate|
Check memorial #129771142 and #117831967 at Wilkins Cemetery, Humphreys Co. They appear to be duplicates.
Thank you Helen for your time and effort to photograph Uylesses and Aura Easley marker. It looks great! Have a blessed day. CDavis
Added by CDavis on Jan 27, 2015 7:30 AM
Thank You for the great photo of Malinda Tidwell's headstone. It is really great.
|Shirley Stewart Milford||Alvin and Pearl Tidwell|
Helen, thank you for the grave photos for Alvin and Pearl Tidwell in Union Cemetery. I really do appreciate your doing this.
|Rachel||Walker and Robert Lee Weaver|
Thank you SO MUCH for the pictures! they are my great uncles.
Added by Rachel on Jan 26, 2015 7:40 PM
|Ron Johnson||RE: Appreciate the update|
No problem. I'll delte mine - that'll make it easier. If you want to copy any info I have before I delete it, let me know when it's done. If not, let me know that, too. I'll delete it in a couple days if I don't hear from you.
As far as making the duplicate, it happens. I know I've created a lot. Mostly from my visiting cemeteries that have a different name on Find A Grave - a name that has nothing to do with the cemetery. I think there are quite a few people who enter names by books that have incorrect information. And I've found cemeteries that were in the wrong place on the map so when I create a new one, it becomes a duplicate cemetery and I have to delete almost all of mine.
|Ron Johnson||William Arthur Tate # 129771142|
I have just been told of the duplicate of your William Tate and mine, #117831967. Since mine was first it has priority. If you are related, I have no problem deleting mine, otherwise I would appreciate if you would delete yours.
|Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey||RE: Appreciate the update|
Blessings to you also. I appreciate all your work on this site.
|Chandra O'Leary||Hugh Shelton photos - Memorial# 95814734|
Hi Helen! I've come across a photo of my 2nd great grandfather Hugh Shelton that I would like to post on his memorial, but there is a 5 photo limit. Please could you delete the 3 marriage record photos? I have copies of these records and I've shared them to ancestry.com. Thank you so much for your help! ~Chandra
|Gerald Tremblay||RE: Query|
No, I am not directly related to Matthew Tremblay, but we are cousins many, many times removed. All Tremblays in the U.S. And Canada are descended from Piere Tremblay who immigrated from France to Quebec about 1647. He married Ozan Achon and they had many children which included 4 boys of whome we are iall descended from. If I can answer any more questions you might have I would be more than happy to try to answer them. Gerry Tremblay
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