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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.

[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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Bill McKern
RE: Alexander Buell
If you write to with the memorial number and ask for the add photo button to be enabled, a sit administrator will take care of that.
Added by Bill McKern on Nov 09, 2014 10:50 AM
Bill McKern
Duplicate memorials for Alexander H. Buell
There's an already existing memorial for Alexander H. Buell -- 92871552.

That one doesn't have grave photos -- I thought you might want to combine your information and photo with the already existing memorial.


Bill McKern
Added by Bill McKern on Nov 08, 2014 11:52 AM
ann brown
RE: St. Lawrence Cemetery photos?
Thanks Donna, for some reason I assumed you were in CT!

Sorry about that.

Added by ann brown on Oct 23, 2014 3:50 PM
ann brown
St. Lawrence Cemetery photos?
Hi Donna,

I recently learned that I have at least one person buried in the St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven, New Haven CT. By any chance is this an area you are near? I need to find the burial spots for my great grandparents. They died in 1902 and 1903 and several of their children also died from 1902 - 1908. I need to call the cemetery this week and see what information they might be able to provide.
IN the meantime, do you or do you know of anyone that photographs graves in the St. Lawrence Cemetery?


Added by ann brown on Oct 22, 2014 6:40 PM
Chuck Metcalfe
RE: Col. Nathan M. Neate
Thank you, appreciate the updates and the family links.

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.
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.
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
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