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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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Thanks Deb! Great pictures.
Added by YJL on Feb 02, 2015 6:05 PM
For your time and effort in taking the photo.
Added by D.D. on Jan 20, 2015 8:16 AM
Thank you for the photo of the Owens' marker. I greatly appreciate it.
Added by KPS on Jan 06, 2015 7:07 AM
thanks visiting my granddad grave
|alice hurst||M. Jarvis|
Thank you for all you have done for us: photos & information. We are still on our quest for other things. You have made our search much easier. Thanks Again, Alice
Thanks for the photo of Lee Gambill. Much appreciated!
Added by Indyanna on Dec 28, 2014 8:42 AM
|cmm 945||Sadie Barnett Holland|
May I use your photo of Sadie and Leroy Holland on my Ancestry family tree? Thank you, Charlie, cmm 945 (#47878396)
Added by cmm 945 on Dec 22, 2014 1:28 PM
|Megan Brooks||RE: John & Sarah Cummins Sponsorship|
You are welcome. They were my great grandparents. I did not meet them -- Sarah passed away when I was 10 months old -- but I have every reason to think highly of them. I just wish I could have understood the importance of Reevesville to my grandparents when we were visiting there, instead of 40 years later.
|nancy||Hannah E Davis|
Please add Clinton A Davis as Husband , Born
Nov 1878 Died Aug 27, 1959 San Bernandino Calif
They were married Oct 24,1897
If you could turn her over to me, she was my great grandmother
Added by nancy on Nov 10, 2014 10:26 PM
|Juanita Broyles||Grave Photos|
Deb thought I had left you a request to take photo's on graves at Weber Campground in Saline Co. Il.and post them on their find a grave site.They were the Williams and Broyles graves. If I did not I will be glad to supply the names again. Please let me know.
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