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Donna Hasbrouck (#47491143)
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Bio Photo I consent to the use of my marker photographs for genealogical research provided they are for personal use only. Kindly acknowledge me for the taking of the photographs.

WE ARE THE CHOSEN
[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]

My feelings are in each family we are 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.
To me, 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.
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 I am and why 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 they fought to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us
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 them and they are us.
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 their 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 put flesh on the bones.
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Chuck Metcalfe
RE: Col. Nathan M. Neate
Thank you, appreciate the updates and the family links.

Chuck
Added by Chuck Metcalfe on Sep 10, 2014 6:00 AM
Marie Bonafonte
RE: Jacob Phelps 13097538
Hi Donna, actually I was working on a family tree for someone and Jacob was on one of the branches; not a direct line. I didn't have any inclination as part of my research in pursuing Jacob's connection to Connecticut folks since he was so distant on that tree to the person who has asked for my assistance. However, I have recently gone back into all of my memorials (especially Connecticut cemeteries) to clean them up (ie, duplicates, resolution of headstones that aren't clear with dates) and in the process may find myself looking at Jacob. Marie
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Sep 06, 2014 2:19 PM
Terry Goodwin
RE: South Cemetery/Colebrook Center
You are certainly welcome for the photos and thanks very much for the kind words.
Terry
Added by Terry Goodwin on Aug 22, 2014 1:28 PM
Terry Goodwin
RE: Colebrook Center Cemetery - Barnard/Wafefield
You are quite welcome, happy to be of assistance.
Terry
Added by Terry Goodwin on Aug 18, 2014 7:08 PM
Jane Lane
We Are The Chosen
I'd never seen this poem before, and really like it. Think I'll display it so that people who wonder what I am doing looking for information about ancestors of mine, and many others, will understand better what I am about.
Added by Jane Lane on Jul 22, 2014 1:38 PM
Sarah Xavier
RE: Experience Smith Morgan
No problem. Next time I'm in the other Forestdale I'll see if I can locate her if the office is open :) Hopefully I'll find something for you someday :)
Added by Sarah Xavier on Jul 16, 2014 12:47 PM
charlott jones
RE: Godlove Remmel - 75073880
Thank you for doing that. I have found that many changed their names when they immigrated. Didn't wish to be type cast as from some countries at the time.
Added by charlott jones on Jun 09, 2014 3:53 PM
RAChistory
Shean grave
Thank you Donna for posting the photo of his headstone. It helps tremendously.
Added by RAChistory on Jun 09, 2014 6:40 AM
charlott jones
Godlove Remmel # 45073880
Why his name is written as Godlove on his tombstone is something I don't understand. His name was Godlieb Remmel, a native of Germany.

There is a chance that he changed it, but might put a note on his memorial.

Both of his son's military papers, show his name as Godlieb.
Added by charlott jones on Jun 07, 2014 6:24 PM
Ed M
RE: Updates and Corrections
You're welcome Donna. Yes, whenever I have memorial photos with inscriptions that offer more information than what is already posted, I offer edits to give more background info for the deceased. I feel it's the least we can do for those who are long gone and unfortunately forgotten.
Added by Ed M on Jun 04, 2014 1:29 PM
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