|Kimberly McDaniel (#46776859)|
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|Genealogists - We Are CALLED Make Our Ancestors Live Again. |
Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of our 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 the lost, we somehow find ourselves.
Many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; I know 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? More than I can count. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery or historical site 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. There is pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish, how they contributed to what I am today. WE must respect 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 a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for US, their descendants. There is a deep pride in the fact that they fought and many died to make and keep us a NATION. And, equal pride and love that our own MOTHERS struggled to give us birth. Without each of them we could not exist, and so we scribes love each ancestor we find, as far back as we can reach. That everyone else might remember and cherish them.
So, with love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are, we annotate them. AND, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow the ancestors know and approve. Soon, it will be 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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I am helping a friend with is Madison Family research and just happen upon what you wrote on your page. You put into words exactly the way I feel but couldn't put into words! good job!
Added by Eileen on May 06, 2016 11:17 PM
|DMWV Graves Registry||RE: Charles Heitman Hanson|
Thank you. I have added this to our DMWV Virtual Cemetery.
|Kathryn Flahaut Sutton||Find A Grave Memorial# 88524766|
Thank you for being so detail oriented with your memorials and allowing to learn more about my family ancestors. Do you happen to know who the four children are that Samuel Spotwood Payne had with Sarah Timberlake? Also do you have more information on his children George, Frank, Charles and Anna.
|Karen Mickel Bennett||Gertrude Slaughter|
Thank you so much for taking the time to send valuable information to add to her memorial. I appreciate it very much and so will future generations. Thank you also for the work you do on Find A Grave.
|Linda Wayman||RE: Cynthia D Pitcock|
|Wilkie||RE: Janet G. Strachan|
Interesting account.........I will add to Janet's biography and indicate that the census enumerations have her born about 1868 but that am using the birthdate on her death certificate. I might also comment on her not wanting her death date on her headstone and that birth info was highly sensitive to her.
Added by Wilkie on Sep 30, 2015 4:50 PM
|Linda Gose Rieck||Transfer of Memorial.|
Kimberly, I wanted to thank you so very much for transferring the memorial of Stephen Gose to me. I hope to link all of his children to his memorial.
I have been a researcher for almost ten years, but I am just now working with Find A Grave. Your beautifully written Bio says exactly how I feel about my research. I am fortunate to have a husband and several cousins that enjoy the quest as well. We have just found my 3x & 4x g-grandfather's cemeteries that have been lost for generations. Our research has unfolded the stories you spoke about which brings my ancestors to life to me. It is a wonderful trip and I am thankful that Find A Grave will ensure that our work will live on.
Linda Gose Rieck #48226521
I have added the information you provided. I also checked to see if there was an obituary published, which there was but I am having trouble pulling it up right now, not sure if it's my computer or the site. Let me know if you don't have it and I'll try again later.
|Kay Wadsworth Walch||Your tribute to the family scribe.|
You stated so succintly & beautifully how I think of myself & my role in my family as a story teller & recorder of our forefathers/foremothers. Yourl ovely thoughts were expressed with feeling and care. Thank you Kimberly for summing up for me and, I am certain, others as well.
These folks of ours lived a life, gave to their families, took care of one another and lived hopefully to see some of the fruits of their labor. They were loved as sons & daughters as well as helpmates and parents. They deserve to be remembered out loud.
Kay Wadsworth Walch
|GMG||Rev. William Sparrow|
Kimberly, thank you for adding the information before transferring the memorial of Rev. William Sparrow, who is buried at Virginia Theological Seminary Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia to my care.
Your work here at Find-a-Grave is invaluable to individuals like me doing family research. ~ with appreciation, George Gaston
Added by GMG on Sep 16, 2014 11:08 AM
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