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The Story Tellers...We are the Chosen.
My feelings are 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 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 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.
Originally written by Della M. Cummings Wright. Re-written by her Grand Daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis Johnson. Edited and Reworded By Tom Dunn
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|Beth Presley||RE: Vernon and Elwin Thomas|
You are very welcome, Ellece. I LOVE doing it!!
Have a great weekend! I hope it isn't raining so I can get to a cemetery!!
Ellece, I believe I made all the corrections you requested. I noted your comment about the father's name on his death cert. It is not appropriate to alter actual info on death certs. Please let me know if you have other corrections.
Added by beckyt on Dec 04, 2013 8:46 AM
|John Dowdy||RE: James Edward Lassetter|
Thanks Ellece not related,
|~*Debbie*~||RE: Miles L Thomas|
Just to be sure I was clear... Lindsey Peyton Hulsey is a half brother to Miles L Thomas.
|~*Debbie*~||RE: Miles L Thomas|
Are you related to him? I just researched him but am not directly related. After he died at the battle of Stones River, his widow married one of my paternal ancestors, Kenion Tarpley Hulsey. She & K T had only one son whom she named Lindsey Peyton Hulsey in honor of Lindsey Peyton Thomas.
|Judy Allen||Edward C Burns|
My obit. was from The Beaumont Enterprise of Beaumont, Tx. Where did yours come from? Need to get this problem fixed.
|Judy Allen||Edward Cecil Burns|
Hi Ellece - my data came from his obituary. Con-tact Kerry to see where he got his source. Let me know what you find.
|Cameron Disney||J.H. Burns|
you sent me a correction. Is this person related to you?
Please email me - do not use public message please
|Guy Shaw||Neeley 80499000|
The links and corrections are made.
Added by Guy Shaw on Nov 11, 2013 9:23 AM
|LKat||Oleta C Jones|
Yes, you have my permission to use the photo of Oleta C Jones at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Please use this line:
© 2011 by LKat on Find A Grave. Used with permission.
Thank you very much for being considerate in asking if you could use the photos.
Added by LKat on Nov 08, 2013 2:16 PM
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