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We Are The Chosen
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.
[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]
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|Kaye Harkins McClintock||Emil Hinnen # 82163670|
Deb, do you know that you have two photographs exactly alike of Emil's grave marker on his memorial? Thanks, Kaye
|Kaye Harkins McClintock||RE: Blake's 120738034 & 120738098|
Debbie, so good to know you are okay. Thanks so much for letting me know. Take your time, they aren't going anywhere. Hope you had a nice safe 4th of July! Your friend, Kaye
|Dorcas Arvilla (Jo) Jordan Cluck||Carter - Florence|
Would you please let me know your connection to the Carters - this is my maternal line and I have additional information that I would gladly provide if you want it or if you want to transfer that would be okay, too. Thank you.
|Jerry L Edwards||Simon Bacon 29461338|
Hi again Debbie. Thanks for your notation on 29461338, and notice that I was able to make a connection. Jerry
|Kaye Harkins McClintock||Blake's 120738034 & 120738098|
Deb, are you okay? I been trying to reach you. Are you not getting my edits, messages or emails? Please let me know! thanks, Kaye
|Angel Eye D||Donald M. Irvin|
Thanks for adding a photo of my dad's headstone on the memorial that was created for him. - Donna Irvin
|Pat Galovich||#119899416 John Wallace SMITH|
Hello Deb: John Wallace Smith was my granduncle and I would be pleased to have his memorial transferred to me. I am member #46885722.
|Kaye Harkins McClintock||120738034 Charles Esco Blake|
Deb, I sent you and an edit for transfer of Charles and Virginia Blake 120737982. Did you not get it? Please let me know. Thanks Kaye Harkins McClintock #47734417
|Charlene Kimpler||Maud Chapman|
Thank you for full filling my request for a gravestone photo.
|D.D.||Photo of tombstone|
Thanks Deb for your time and effort in taking the tombstone photo for Cordelia. Much appreciated!
Added by D.D. on Mar 25, 2015 1:30 PM
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