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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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R. Curtiss
RE: Transfer complete
Thank you, so much !
Added by R. Curtiss on Feb 07, 2017 4:15 AM
Jerry R. Anderson, Sr.
Wendell Ray Taylor

Percy Lee Taylor was not his father ...
he was his grand father ...
Added by Jerry R. Anderson, Sr. on Feb 05, 2017 8:26 AM
R. Curtiss
Jacob Dylan Curtiss
Will you consider transferring ownership of # 161572531 Jacob Dylan Curtiss to me. He is my son.
Thank you, in advance.
Added by R. Curtiss on Jan 31, 2017 7:05 AM
sofia vokolos-west
RE: Glenara Bates and all babies In Heaven...
My dear Helen,
Thank you also for your reply and for kind words returned.
I pray everyday when I wake up with my children and everynight before we sleep for God to help and keep all children safe and happy...
I live in NY,I have written so many letters to the mayor pleading with him on putting responsible and caring human beings to work in our programs, ACS, and other facilities that protect our children..they have failed so many times...already this year from the hands of harm.
Hurt from their own families,from drugged related cases from abuse, from all sorts of unexcusable reasons.
I have visited some childrens graves (my husband tells me I over do it)
they need to be visited because they were left sad, it breaks my heart just thinking.
Once again thank you for being my freind and theirs..Let's Pray for them,everyday
Thank you and always be well,
Sofia vokolos-West
Added by sofia vokolos-west on Jan 30, 2017 7:01 AM
Kenneth Gilbert
RE: Re: Colo
While the Powers That Be didn't choose either of our memorials for famous, I'll bet it didn't hurt in their decision making. At the end of the day, she's recognized, and I'm happy about that.
Added by Kenneth Gilbert on Jan 28, 2017 1:08 PM
Kenneth Gilbert
RE: Appreciative
FYI: Another memorial/bio for Colo was accepted today as famous, which pleases me.
Added by Kenneth Gilbert on Jan 25, 2017 7:13 AM
RE: Appreciative
I am in complete agreement with you. Very sad.

Like you, I am not sure if she is buried somewhere. If I ever hear of a final resting place for her, I will let you know.

Sadly, the system really failed her. Please pray for Children and Youth as they have to make really hard decisions about kids every day!

Thanks for posting the memorial.
Added by cleemiller on Jan 23, 2017 4:58 AM
It was an honor for me to sponsor this memorial.
I was really touched by the story of her life.
I am truly a dog lover. If you get a chance take a
look at the memorials I created for 2 very special
dogs in my life....Magneto Von Herd 167248009
and Buster (Bubba) Howard 167249215. They were very
special to me and many other and we miss them greatly.
God Bless you,
Added by JLC on Jan 20, 2017 6:58 AM
Kenneth Gilbert
RE: Re: Colo memorial
And there's now a third one that "predates" mine. But it was supposedly created in 2013, well before Colo's death--and did not show up in a search when I found yours. Likely someone "reused" an old memorial--some folks do that even though it's against the rules. Unfortunately, the powers that be apparently did not think Colo qualified for Famous status--they just deleted the status without comment. :-(
Added by Kenneth Gilbert on Jan 18, 2017 8:58 PM
sofia vokolos-west
Baby Glenara Bates
Let's remember and pray for our little angel in Heaven, our precious babygirl...God rest her beautiful little soul in His arms...
Thank you for sharing her story.
Be well and God bless,
Added by sofia vokolos-west on Jan 18, 2017 3:11 PM
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