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Cristie (#46865585)
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If I've created a memorial, then I have a photo of the tombstone too. If it's not posted, just let me know and I'll be glad to do it.

"I sent my family tree information to Ancestry. They sent it back, along with some seeds and told me they would suggest that I just plant a new tree and start over."

The Story Tellers...We Are The Chosen

My feelings are that 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. 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. 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 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 story tellers. 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.

---by Della M. Cummings Wright
and rewritten by her grand-
daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis
Johnson -----

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Kathy Haney Williams
Kitta Belle Elkin Glisson
Cristie: Please post a photo of Kitta Glisson's grave. She needs to be added to the master burial record for Hollywood Cemetery. Thank you.
Added by Kathy Haney Williams on Mar 06, 2015 3:13 PM
Linda H Swindell
Robert Grover Craig and Carrie Myrtle Craig Williams Tombstone Photos

I want to thank you for fulfilling my photo requests. It means a lot to me. Thank you for all you do for Find A Grave.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Mar 05, 2015 9:11 PM
Steve Hinds
Double Thanks
Cristie, thanks very much for taking the time to photograph the markers for Isaac C. Shaw & his wife, Mary Elizabeth Wainright. I really appreciate it.

Steve Hinds (48180521)
Added by Steve Hinds on Mar 04, 2015 5:28 PM
Linda H Swindell
Billye Laman and Clarine James Tombstone Photos

Thank you so much for posting the tombstone photos on the memorials. Having the tombstone photos really helps with my documentation.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Mar 04, 2015 12:01 PM
Linda H Swindell
Robbie and Mary Craig Tombstone Photos
I want to thank you for posting the tombstone photos on their Find A Grave memorials. It is greatly appreciated.

I also want to thank you for approving all of the memorial edits that I have been sending. Thanks for all you do for Find A Grave.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Mar 04, 2015 8:38 AM
My family and I thank you so much for the picture of William Dillon's headstone. It's sweet of you to take time to do this for us.
Added by Sueღ on Mar 02, 2015 6:13 PM
Johnnie Zollinger
Thanks so much
Hi Cristie,
Thank you so much for all the hard work you have done on Find A Grave. Thanks for the nice photo's you posted on Beatrice and Eugene Wallace. I have so many Ancestors that lived in Crockett and surrounding Counties.

Johnnie Zollinger
Added by Johnnie Zollinger on Mar 02, 2015 2:24 PM
His name is William L. Dillon ... his nickname was Willie.
Added by Sueღ on Feb 28, 2015 10:44 AM
... Saw your note at the top of your page ... I would be most greatful to you if you would add the headstone picture for Willie L. Dillon... Cypress Cem., Crockett Co... Thank you so much, Sue Harbin
Added by Sueღ on Feb 28, 2015 10:38 AM
Elbert Ruffin Boone Memorial# 25693196

I have additional information that has been forwarded to me by a member of Elbert Ruffin Boones family. They would like to make the following additions to his memorial: "Elbert Ruffin was called Daddy Boone not only by us but by the community. He was the Vice President of Merchants' State Bank in Humboldt, TN."

Thank you for your help!

Patricia - I have memorial for his son Elbert Rufus Boone

Added by PDav on Feb 27, 2015 6:11 AM
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