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Hello, my name is Gene and I am a history buff and love genealogy. I have been working on my family history for about 10 years and 9 generations. It will never end as it is a living document. I am willing to help anyone with locating graves of loved ones and family. |
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. On my worst day going out and finding a headstone that someone has been looking for and finding it is a great feeling. Not only does it make me feel good but puts a smile on someone else's face. I haven't stopped smiling. From a cousin that was my play mate when I was 7 to family in Italy and France, the roads are endless...And from those roads a new life has begun. Though they may not be in the present they are holding our hand as we go down this new road guiding us through the turns of life.
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.
I will transfer any memorial if you are family and fill photo requests as time allows.
NEVER STOP LOOKING... YOU CAN FIND THEM... sometimes they are just around the corner.
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Just wanted to let you know that if you aren't getting the transfer requests for your grandparents you can send the request to email@example.com and let them know. Since the guidelines are four direct generations (parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren)your aunt/uncle don't "qualify" but they should be able to help with your grandparents.
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