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Honoring Their Lives (#47702523)
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Bio Photo 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. Other family lines followed include the Murphys(Liverpool), Maske(Germany/Poland), Spielman(Germany/Poland/Wis), and the many families affiliated with his extensive research.


"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


"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.

Unknown Author
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"Our Ancestors of Albert County"
New Brunswick, Canada
Host: Sheila Geldert Hannah


What calls us to find the ancestors? It goes beyond a simple curiosity. We are taken over, compelled, as if possessed by something bigger than us that is begging to be revealed. There is one of us in most every family, called to be the scribe. I am but one of the many in the long line of storytellers of our clan. Like others I am called to gather and assemble the ancestorsóto breathe life back into them as far back as we can reach. We take what we find and chronicle the facts of their existence, remembering their names and who they were and what they did. They are the sum of who we are, for without them, we would not exist. We greet those who came before us, restoring their place in the familial line. We scribe their stories and their histories. We search for them in public libraries, county records, and weed-filled or well-kept cemeteries. We comb through yellowed newspapers, family archives, and lovely old letters and photo albums. We find them! And in finding themówe find ourselves.
Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau, Sep 2009

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RE: Appreciative
Hi: You're welcome. She sure sounded like a very witty, down to earth and wise lady. Take care!

Added by Alicelth on Nov 27, 2016 2:33 PM
Loraine Broom 95575778
Hi There, you have a photo request for Lorraine Broom at Oakridge Cemetery in Bay County Michigan, I asked a worker who checked their records. Loraine is buried in a section called "Free Soil". Many of these lots were given away when someone was unable to pay. Most do not have headstone. I searched the area that I believe is Feel Soil (section is not marked out), incase a family member might have added a marker later, but as of today, I could not find any. I will add a photo of the general area.

Added by RAP on Nov 18, 2016 2:56 PM
Baby Jazlene
Thank you for creating a memorial for her - very lovely.
Added by Alicelth on Oct 21, 2016 3:35 PM
RE: Memorial update
Thanks for sending Molly's obit. I did have that information when I created her memorial. Per Find a Grave FAQs, obituaries and names of living survivors are not to be placed on a memorial. The survivors names are only permitted if they give approval to do so. Also, the information about her funeral is moot, since it already happened and is no longer relevant.

I do appreciate your sending the information, however. I rechecked her bio to ensure all relevant information was included.

Thanks again.

Added by Daddys♥Girl on Oct 08, 2016 7:01 AM
sofia vokolos-west
Baby Glenara Bates
Thank you for your beautiful prayers for our baby Glenara Bates...she is an Angel now, and holding our Lords hands with all his beautiful children in Heaven..laughing, playing being happy forever...and ever...
Dear God bless all people that remember and pray for our little Angels.
May we always remember Baby Glenara and pray for her little soul and send her messages of love every so often...and forever.
a friend that loves all children,
Sofia, NY
Added by sofia vokolos-west on Sep 29, 2016 9:39 AM
Mattie Gordon
Thank you so much for making a Memorial to several persons I know. I'm slow sometime getting a Memorial set up, and when I look, you already long as a Memorial gets done, it doesn't matter who does it.

I have noticed a couple of duplication or so, but it was where someone listed the joint person on a tombstone and that person had not yet passed (that's a sore spot for me).
Added by Mattie Gordon on Sep 03, 2016 12:02 PM
Jerry R. Anderson, Sr.
Memorial #169026305
Tammy Lynn Taylor

her maiden name is DILLARD, not Blume

Added by Jerry R. Anderson, Sr. on Aug 28, 2016 7:43 AM
Patty Kaspi
RE: Appreciative

Actually, there were Aldrich family members married into numerous branches of my family tree. I like to help others when I notice a need for editing. Lord knows, I need others to help me, too. I hope you are well.


Patty Gaylord Kaspi
Added by Patty Kaspi on Aug 12, 2016 3:58 PM
Jan Colton
RE: Appreciative
Thank you so much for the kind words. Like you, I believe we are supposed to be here to honor the people who have fallen. It is truly sad to see the competitiveness, snarky comments, and righteous indignation over the silliest things. I really appreciate the love and respect that you put into the memorials you create. Sometimes, instead of memorials, people are creating little more than an index entry. Those who take the time to create something which tells us who the fallen person was and what their interests were, who they loved, and who showed them kindness are the contributors I really respect.

Added by Jan Colton on Aug 01, 2016 4:01 PM
Richard Bragg
RE: Appreciative
Glad to be of service! I enjoy doing this for the joy of helping people such as yourselves be able to connect with your ancestors!
Added by Richard Bragg on Jul 07, 2016 6:57 PM
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