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Rachel (#46937934)
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I am very appreciative of the folks who created and maintain Find-A-Grave. Initially, I was a little skeptical about submitting data to the memorials, however, through the years, I have become a huge fan. I want the data we are submitting to be freely available for genealogical research for years to come. The community of contributors I have communicated with has been cordial and helpful in almost every instance.

If you find any errors or question any information I am posting, please do not hesitate to bring it to my attention. We are all imperfect, however, I believe it is crucial the data we post is correct and includes sources whenever possible. Your assistance will be appreciated!

Because of my parents' enthusiasm for local history and genealogy, I began helping them research our family tree. Even before I knew I loved genealogy, I was involved in it each weekend as we visited elderly relatives and stretched our young legs in cemeteries throughout Ohio. My father was one of the early presidents of the Pickaway County (Ohio) Historical Society in the 1970s and both of my parents were instrumental in getting the society's genealogical library up and running. My mother was Registrar of the Pickaway Plains DAR Chapter for many years. What a tremendous gift it was to share the search for our ancestors with them! I am forever grateful to them and my grandparents for preserving our family's history. Almost all of the photos I post are scans of properly identified photos that belonged to them.

The following describes fairly well why we do what we do. Found online:

We are the chosen. In each family there is [at least] 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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Bettie Wheat
Joseph Gill and Margaret Dunkel
Several of the Gills came to Illinois. to Clay and Wayne co. I am confuse. I thin that there are two different bunches of Gills. i am trying to write a book. but don't know where they fit intoo. Just wonder if somebody out there could help me I found a JOhn Brown Gill b. 1793 It said he born Penn and our Joseph Gill was born 1792. in Va. but of course that could be a mis print of where they were born and that maybe they could be brothers? Thanks. Bettie Wheat. Fairfield, Ill.
Added by Bettie Wheat on Oct 19, 2017 6:40 AM
Forrest Fothergill
RE: 106968115
Rachel, I've deleted my memorial for Jacob. I don't think that messed up any family links. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Added by Forrest Fothergill on Aug 20, 2017 6:16 AM
William A. Gast
RE: 106968115 and 21661472
Hi Rachel, I've added the photo to #21661472. If there is any problem or you have other requests, please let me know. Bill
Added by William A. Gast on Jul 05, 2017 2:07 PM
William A. Gast
RE: 106968115 and 21661472
Hi Rachel,

I'll be happy to repost the photo(s). It may take me a few days, as I don't currently have access to my photo files. Bill
Added by William A. Gast on Jul 04, 2017 8:34 PM
Ms. Mandy
Johann Keleain Dunckel
Hi Rachel!

I'm not sure if you're still updating here on Find a Grave, but I'd love to connect with you regarding Johann Keleain Dunckel and his son, John Dunckel/Dunkle.

These are my husband's 5th and 6th great grandfather's and he is one of the last Dunkle's of his family branch.

We're working on his membership to Sons of the American Revolution and would love to converse about documentation transcriptions you've provided in your memorials and just communicating in general as we're related, too!

Thank you!
Mandy Dunkle
Added by Ms. Mandy on May 28, 2017 11:02 PM
72243314 - Samuel Sage
Hi Rachel!!

I wrote you an email and it bounced back. Would you please update your Find A Grave email address and let me know what it is so that I can communicate with you that way?

I have some questions about Samuel and Judith Sage.

Thank you!!

Added by LSJRJT on Mar 03, 2017 4:07 PM
Deb Bernard
Lena B. Hurd Bryenton
thanks for updates... am not related.. if you would like this (and / or others) transferred to you.. please let me know

Added by Deb Bernard on May 27, 2016 3:28 PM
Kathy Hinty
Christian Dumm
Hi wondering if you can transfer 106120713 to me so I can add family etc. Thanks
Added by Kathy Hinty on Nov 13, 2015 1:46 PM
John Stires and Mary Rush Stires
Trying to figure out a bit of a family mystery. I'm reasonably sure that William Rush Stires was my 4th great-grandfather. Some sources have him listed as the child of John Stires and Mary Rush Stires. However, I see on this site, a son named Alexander is listed as being their only known child. Anyone have any information that may help me out? Thanks!
Added by RML on Nov 04, 2015 6:22 PM
Erik Andersen
RE: Newtown Village Cemetery
Based on the map of cemeteries, I would say yes. If there is somebody you want me to look for before you post them, let me know.
Added by Erik Andersen on Oct 17, 2015 10:28 AM
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