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I record those who have passed so they won't be forgotten. I believe my memorials show compassion & caring. Because I may have more than some does not mean I'm doing it for the "numbers". Such a stupid thing to say. Don't let the naysayers dampen your spirits. Just to make it clear...I do it because I work at it, but mainly because I care!|
Genealogy is my passion. It has been for 39 years. I believe it shows in my work over the years and in a book I wrote. That's why I chose Timeless to go by almost 13 years ago. My genealogy is timeless & never ends. I'm very proud of all I've accomplished. I wouldn't change a thing, not my name or my work. It's been fascinating meeting so many family, friends, searching libraries & court houses in many different states & visiting so many resting places of our loved ones. I've found we are all searching for the same thing, our roots. I laugh when I see someone has written, "This isn't a Genealogy site". Yes it is. As told to me by FAG Administrator's, "this is a genealogy site affiliated with Ancestry". I've received much thanks for the information I provide in the Biography section. Researchers see through census records how their family traveled, where they lived, their occupations, their list of family members. They love seeing the Military records. The comments I've received about seeing their grandparents as children themselves, & the excitement they share with me makes it worth what I do. Of course I love the obituaries. They rank high in my book & show so much that can help a beginning researcher or an old researcher like myself. Any negativity just goes over my head with a chuckle.
Please do not post cut out obituaries from newspapers in the photo section of my memorials!
Obituary's per FAG--
"Can I add an obituary to my interment listing?
Please do NOT add newspaper obituary scans. The photo section is reserved for headstone/grave photos and possibly a portrait photo of the person, if that photo is owned by you. Do not copy and post photographs from obituary or funeral home websites (unless you personally are the photographer), as they are protected by copyright law."
Please note-I have shown what I do with obit's to FAG Administrator's. I have received approval from them for many years. There's a place for the obituaries. Send them & I will post to where they belong in the biography & will give you credit. As for posting info to the biography section, I'm thrilled to post whatever you send.
Feel free to use my gravestone photo's. I'll take this time to thank all of you who have given me such kind words of encouragement to continue. I hope not to offend anyone, that's not my purpose, but when I create a memorial in Pike/Ross Counties, I'm going to get photographs. If you've placed any on my memorials, they will be moved down. Also it's against Find A Grave rules to fill up a memorials photo section.
Don't post obituaries/bio's to flower/note section or correct me there. Send an Edit. I will make the changes. Per Find A Grave, "biographical information and obituaries are not to be included in a virtual flower."
"The goal at Find A Grave should not be to manage all of your family members. If you have information to add, you should suggest it to the current manager and they should make the changes."
~Jim Tipton, creator of Find A Grave
Suddenly all my Ancestor's are behind me. "Be Still" they say. "Watch And Listen. You are the result of the Love of Thousands."
The Story Tellers
My feelings are in each family we are 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. 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.
[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]
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