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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.

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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Joe F. Moore Jr.
Thanks for all you do!

I have to say that when I am researching my ancestors on both sides of my family in West Tennessee and find their gravestones, I have you to thank for at least a third or more of them. Thanks so much for all you do! Have a great sunshine day! It's beautiful here in Sikeston MO!

Joe F. Moore Jr.
Added by Joe F. Moore Jr. on Oct 07, 2015 11:39 AM
Sarah Jones
Thomas Leonard Little
Thank you so much for your prompt response! I really appreciate your help.
Added by Sarah Jones on Sep 30, 2015 8:13 AM
RE: Ref mem #41382453
looking at the Mark Wimpee, and saw the difference in the years, and just wasn't sure what it was.

Thank You Cristie

Added by BMB on Sep 19, 2015 7:30 PM
Ref mem #41382453

Reg Mark Wimpee ...... I found his death ceficate and te the dates are so different. Please look at it and see what you think. I will delete it if you like. I just have never seen one this far off.

Added by BMB on Sep 17, 2015 7:51 PM
sally baird
Henry Thorpe
thank you for the transfer!
Added by sally baird on Sep 17, 2015 9:31 AM
Linda H Swindell
Edward and Bertha Exum Tombstone Photos
I want to thank you for posting the tombstone photos to the memorials. I appreciate all you do for Find A Grave.
Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Sep 16, 2015 6:15 AM
sally baird
Hnery A Thorpe
Would you be willing to transfer Henry A Thorpe's memorial to me? He is my great grandfather. I would love to connect him with all of our other ancestors. My Find A Grave membership number is 48167920.
Henry's memorial number is 23484182..thank you so much! Sally Thorpe Baird
Added by sally baird on Sep 15, 2015 1:24 PM
k jorgensen
Milton Caylor and Virginia Allen Caylor Memorial
Thank you very much for posting the photo of the stone of Milton Caylor and Virginia Allen Caylor. I appreciate very much your efforts.
Added by k jorgensen on Sep 02, 2015 7:54 PM
Terry Byars Sofley
William Johnson
Ty for trying to add a headstone photo. I talked to the daughter and The family is waiting to add a dual stone for Billy and Dale. She is still living at 91. So I'm sure one will be added when its her time to join him. Dont know why I didnt think of that.
Added by Terry Byars Sofley on Sep 02, 2015 10:35 AM
Sally Ford
Moses Franklin Brigance
Please connect Moses Franklin Brigance #22890177 to his parents, my great-grandparents, James Franklin Brigance #23186644 and Minerva Candace Cox Brigance #16442195. Thank you so much. I am trying to have all of their children listed.
Added by Sally Ford on Aug 18, 2015 7:41 AM
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