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Cristie (#46865585)
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If I've created a memorial, then I have a photo of the tombstone too. If it's not posted, just let me know and I'll be glad to do it.

"I sent my family tree information to Ancestry. They sent it back, along with some seeds and told me they would suggest that I just plant a new tree and start over."

The Story Tellers...We Are The Chosen

My feelings are that 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. 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. 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 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 story tellers. 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.

---by Della M. Cummings Wright
and rewritten by her grand-
daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis
Johnson -----

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Pamela Thompson
Gravestone Photo Permission
I am happy to see that you photographed the gravestone of Stoy and Josephine Alford in Friendship Cemetery (Memorial# 16762749).

I would like to add this gravestone photo to the (non-profit) Alford American Family Association's collection of Tennessee Obituaries, where their obituaries will be included when I post the file. You can see a similar collection at

May I have your permission to include your gravestone photos? If so, the photo caption will say:

Photo from [cemetery name, city, county, state]—
Permission granted by the photographer, Cristie [or your full name if you prefer]

And thanks so much for your gravestone photo work!

Best regards,
Pamela Alford Thompson (Find A Grave #47195155)
Obituaries Project Manager, Alford American Family Association
Added by Pamela Thompson on Apr 06, 2015 1:15 PM
Deborah Bolton
Clemmie Bolton
Thank you so much Cristie for finding this for me. It means the world. So grateful.
Added by Deborah Bolton on Apr 02, 2015 7:30 AM
Holly Heaps Scott
Jesse Scott
Thank you Cristie.
Added by Holly Heaps Scott on Mar 31, 2015 11:53 AM
Eula Moss
Thanks for finding Eula's marker. It's a large cemetery. I appreciate it.
Added by Nancy on Mar 31, 2015 6:02 AM
Linda H Swindell
Memorial Edits
Thank you for approving the memorial edits for Freeda Leo Patterson Porter and Willie May Follis Norman. It is appreciated. Thank you for all you do for Find A Grave.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Mar 30, 2015 6:42 AM
Linda H Swindell
Tombstone Photo
I want to thank you for posting the tombstone photo of Joseph Craig Grant. I really do appreciate it. Thank you for all you do for Find A Grave.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Mar 30, 2015 6:38 AM
Ron Manley
Thank You!
Much thanks for filling my Pinkston grave marker photo requests in Alamo City Cemetery.
Added by Ron Manley on Mar 29, 2015 10:03 PM
Betty Cochrane
Rains familiesd
I am the one in my family for whom it is an urge stronger than any other connection to find out about our ancestors. I don't know if anyone else will care or carry on the work after I am gone, but I will do my work while I can!
My great grandfather, William Henry Harrison Rains(es), born 14DEC1854, in TN (may be McNairy Co.) and died 4APR1912. in Welty, Okfuskee, OK.

I have many DNA connections to the Raines,but cannot connect previous to my great grandfather.
My grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Rains was born in 1889, in Bird, Jackson, Arkansas, to WmHH and Zilpha Malinda Atkinson. They had many other children, as well. This was his 2nd marriage. The first was to Sarah Jane Shelton in 1873, the second, to Zilpha Malinda, was in 1878.

If any of these people seem familiar, please let me know. I would be so very grateful!! Thanks for reading this!
Betty Rains Cochrane
Ancestry: captainbj13
Added by Betty Cochrane on Mar 20, 2015 1:26 PM
Linda H Swindell
Memorial Edits
I want to thank you for approving the edits I sent for Joseph Craig Grant, Mamie C Grant, and Oliver Lee Grant. It is much appreciated. Thanks for all you do for Find A Grave.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Mar 16, 2015 12:29 PM
Albert Dennis
New grave marker
Re William Dennis, Ridgecrest cemetery
I have replaced the old grave marker with one that includes Williams spouse Hazel.

How can I post it? I will be away from computer for about 10 days

Added by Albert Dennis on Mar 11, 2015 8:28 PM
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