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sheila (#48055042)
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We are the chosen. 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. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers 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 am I and why do 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 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 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 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 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 restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.

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Please be kind when asking for an edit or deletion to a memorial that has been created. Mistakes are made and can be corrected very easily, please be nice. After all this is done voluntarily to help others. It is not a job that we are paid to do. Thank you.

Also: If your loved one does not have a headstone, or the headstone is damaged, please try to save a little money here and there to purchase them one.


Stop by a CVS or Dollar Tree and pick up a $2 bucket, 4 or more gallons of distilled .59 cents water jugs, a very SOFT Scrub Brush and scrub lightly the growth and stains on the old tomstone. Go easy, you could easily cause damage. But PLEASE HELP. . Preserve and clean your family's tombstones. This will help another century of kin to find your family
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Benjamin and Josephine Steffy
Thanks so much for looking into my 2nd great grandparents. I was wondering since you have worked with the Cicero cemetery. Do you know how complete their records are since the grave plots are unmarked. I was just wondering before I made a trip to visit and my results would be fruitless. Any assistance would be appreciated.
Added by Ken on Apr 07, 2015 9:28 AM
Donald Ward
Carl Vaughn Abbott Sr.
Thank you very much for the excellent photo of Carl's headstone. What you do is much appreciated. The fact that there is no date of death for his spouse Lillian is the only clue I have that Lillian is still (probably) living. Thanks again.
Donald J. Ward
Arlington, Texas
Added by Donald Ward on Mar 09, 2015 9:31 AM
Eubank Crownland Cemetery
I am going through old email and I am not sure if I thanked you for the pictures you took nearly a year ago. I sincerely appreciate all the pictures you took for me.
Added by sunseray on Jan 26, 2015 10:00 AM
L Beacon
Thank you so much for adding the photo you took, would like to ask your permission to use (with proper credit) for a WWII project I am working on, I hope you do not mind, Thanks again for your time and efforts in fulfilling my request, Cheers!
Added by L Beacon on Jan 26, 2015 12:02 AM
Clara Mangold
Thank you for taking the time to do this. Even though there is no marker I appreciate the effort.
Added by Ro on Jan 25, 2015 6:00 AM
Heather Cottrell
Marsha Ann McDole Gellinger
Thank you very much for posting this photo. I appreciate your time!

Added by Heather Cottrell on Jan 24, 2015 9:41 PM
Gladys Turner Dinkeloo
Siler Photos
Thank you so much for the photos of Nona, Bryan and addition of Charles Siler. Have a great day.
Added by Gladys Turner Dinkeloo on Sep 29, 2014 12:56 PM
Fran Campbell
Katherine Lester Davis Photo
Hi, Sheila,

Thank you so much for taking the time to get a picture of the headstone of one of my relatives, Katherine Effie LESTER DAVIS in the Summit Lawn Cemetery in Westfield. I truly appreciate your help.

Fran Campbell
Added by Fran Campbell on Sep 16, 2014 4:04 PM
Thank you for the photos. They are helpful.
Added by Ro on Sep 14, 2014 5:38 PM
Brad Manzenberger
Thomas B. Moore Cemetery
My wife is a descendant of the Moore's and we want to visit the cemetery. Can you tell me where it is specifically? Is their direct access or do we need to knock on a door to get permission? Thanks.
Added by Brad Manzenberger on Aug 21, 2014 5:13 PM
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