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|CL Hileman (#47502760)|
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We are the Chosen|
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.
Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers 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 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 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 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 in the long line 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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|HappyMiss37||RE: Corder Related|
John was my 2x great grandfather and I have had my DNA done and found Another Baker descendant which confirmed the Maker line to John. So are you a Corder or Baker connection?
Hi, I see you may be related to Clarence O Corder...he is my uncle. How are you related to him? Rosemary Grehl Stein, aka HappyMiss37
|Cathy Libby Small||RE: Johann Wendel Miller|
love it!!! Please share? email@example.com
|Cathy Libby Small||RE: Johannes John Miller/Muller|
this is just an issue I have been trying to nail down for a while.
Thank you so much!!
|Cathy Libby Small||Johann Muller|
Are you related to Johann Muller? I see your maintaining his memorial. I'm curious about the obit. Where did it come from and is it accurate??
|Dianna Taylor||RE: John Gilley/Mary Kate Barger|
The only proof I have of the marriage is a historical marker in Wise Co. VA
" Site of Gilley family farm settled by John & Mary Barger Gilley"
I was looking at Georges will and the only mention of a Catherine is "grandchildren, heirs of Jacob Pence & Catherine Pence" no mention of a Mary that I could find, it was really hard to read.
|Dianna Taylor||George H Berger|
Hello, do you know if George (mem# 66872031) and Catherine's daughter Mary Catherine is "Mary Kate Barger" who married John Gilley and moved to Lee/Wise county VA?
|Carol Murray||RE: Related !|
Any news on the male Baker taking the DNA test?
|Carol Murray||RE: Related !|
Thank you. Looking forward to more news. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Carol Murray||RE: Related?|
I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a beautiful lady! I left flowers at the memorial.
Yes, I did DNA with ancestry, FTDNA and 23andMe. And for some reason ancestry only put me in my maternal circles. I need to figure out how to get into the paternal ones.
Have you added your DNA to gedmatch.com? It's free and may connect us. My # on there is A868047.
I'll try to investigate our relationship! Thanks for the information.
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