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Helen (#47702523)
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Bio Photo An Oklahoman by birth, Middle Tennessee has been my home since a young girl. Working on my family history provides countless hours of enjoyment each week. The occasional road trip to visit county Archives, relatives and 'Graveyarding' in local cemeteries provides the "icing on the cake" for my research. The primary families that I focus on are Pickens (MS,OK), Hilliker/Hillaker (Canada/Michigan), Taylor (Rockcastle,KY), Whaley (Canada/MI), Wheaton (MI), Fox (OH,KY), the Lamirands (Wanette,OK) and all those who have married into these families in my research. States that I love to visit on my genealogy travels are Oklahoma, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. Thankfully, my father-in-law completed the family history for my husband's side of the family. Those families include the Murphys(Liverpool), Maske(Germany/Poland), Spielman(Germany/Poland/Wis), and the many families affiliated with his extensive research. I have a wonderful family who supports this addiction.


"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."
~Indian Proverb


"I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there is purpose and worth to each and every life." ~ carved on the memorial wall at President Ronald Wilson Reagan's burial site. 1911-2004.


When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
~Author Unknown


"As we think well of ourselves, let us remember that we are standing on the shoulders of the generations before, for if they had not come, we would not be here."


We are the Chosen

In each family there is one that 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.
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 fact. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes 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 keep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.
It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might remember them. So we do.
With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. 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 my place I the long lone of family storytellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.

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B Garside
RE: Appreciative
You are very welcome.
Added by B Garside on May 27, 2015 6:52 AM
Susan Montague Lundt
RE: Query
I got into the Whaley's because of Marilla Montague Whaley. I research all the descendants of William Montague and Ann Cayford and she is one of them. So Whaley's are not really my family except through marriage and Marilla's descendants.
Added by Susan Montague Lundt on May 25, 2015 9:46 AM
RE: Appreciative
You are welcome. I still don't think you received them all. Not sure why I had trouble emailing to you. I had a busy day with dad today. I will check in and attempt again tomorrow.
Added by RAP on May 23, 2015 8:57 PM
Shirley Farrell
Thank You
Thanks so much for the great photo of the headstone of Dudie Tidwell, I really appreciate it.
Added by Shirley Farrell on May 12, 2015 12:28 PM
James Coburn
Jack Elliott and Oklahoma City
Hello Helen,
This is rather astounding but I just found the name of my childhood best friend, circa 1959-60, Jack Elliott in his father's recent obituary. My condolences.
I just happened to Google the name of his father, remembering he was an eye doctor. But how I thought of James is beyond me.
My name is James Coburn.
Jack, or Jacky as I called him, lived on NE 51st Street two houses to my east before his family drove away in their station wagon.
I even wrote a poem about it in a book that I published.
I have always wondered what happened to him. He may not even remember me. He was 4 and I was 5. His father was an eye doctor and he had brothers Rick and Steve and a sister Elaine.
I thought he moved to Boston.
Our home were on acreages with a lot of trees and a creek behind it in the woods. I just never forgot him and have periodically looked for clues online.
I am a journalist in Oklahoma. Would you mind giving him my email address, Tell him it's okay if he does not remember me. But I have memories of him I would like to share.
Thank you so much.
James Coburn, Guthrie Ok.
Added by James Coburn on May 08, 2015 7:18 PM
Kathy Rose
RE: Query re: Hall image
I have added the headstone photo.
Added by Kathy Rose on Apr 30, 2015 9:01 AM
Marisa Jenkins
Martha A & W.B. Thornton are buried in the other Thornton Cemetery in Hickman County on Sugar Creek that is listed on the Find A Grave website. The Thornton Cemetery you have them listed in is on Mill Creek.
Added by Marisa Jenkins on Apr 20, 2015 6:58 PM
RE: Appreciate the update
Always happy to help you, Helen.
Added by RAP on Apr 16, 2015 4:51 AM
Mila Andersen
Thank you so much for taking the picture for me

M Andersen
Added by Mila Andersen on Apr 10, 2015 2:32 PM
Linda Olsen
RE: Sarah Elizabeth
Thank you so much for taking time to go through them for me. I really appreciate it. Words can not express my gratitude.
Added by Linda Olsen on Apr 08, 2015 2:37 PM
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