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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: Transfer complete
Thank you so very much! I hope you have a blessed 2017.
Added by Martin on Jan 15, 2017 8:32 PM
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RE: Appreciative
It was my pleasure.Glad I could help.
Added by Jeffrey Shorf Sr. on Jan 13, 2017 7:33 AM
Angel of Flowers
RE: Appreciative
Hi Helen:

You're welcome & we all make mistakes. I don't live too far from where Grace met her demise. So many cruel people in this world today & yes, I agree with you that they both get what's coming to them for doing that to poor Grace.

Added by Angel of Flowers on Jan 10, 2017 3:46 PM
Proud Descendant
RE: Transfer complete
I appreciate the memorial transfer of my husbands uncle Bobby. His uncle grew up in that children's home. It is my understanding that Bobby and some of the children that were in the home with him got together when possible. Many of them attended and spoke at his memorial service.

Lora Pinkerton
Added by Proud Descendant on Jan 07, 2017 8:01 PM
RE: Appreciative!, we are good. You thanked me right away but maybe you didn't notice the "no headstone - free soil" comment I added with the picture. I always hate to add the "no headstone" photos in case someone else gets luckier than I was. This cemetery has no full time office personnel. They do have a guy that can look up records but he's also in charge of the grounds so I hate to pull him away. The records are the old fashion "card file"system. Yup, thousands of hand written burial locations. It's cool to know these notes have been kept the same for decades but on the other hand, I realize, if even one card gets filed wrong, it could be devastating to a family searching for loved ones. I will continue to search for her in the spring since he was pretty vague as to where "free soil" is located. He just waved his arm in a south east direction. That section has no marker either.

Yes, our holiday was good but very different. I loved your Christmas card.....thank you! And I enjoyed the yearly update as well.

Talk to you again soon.
Added by RAP on Jan 04, 2017 3:26 AM
Jan Colton
Merry Christmas!
For all you do for this community, thank you!
Added by Jan Colton on Dec 25, 2016 9:53 PM
RE: Appreciative
I would be honored for the transfer. He was a wonderful kid. His mother is going to make sure his death wasn't in vain by trying to help others like him. We are hoping he will still be able to make a difference in lives, even though he is gone from this earth.
Added by Dixie on Dec 08, 2016 1:43 PM
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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
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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
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