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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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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
Jennifer Cumba
Thank you for the pictures of Mollie Jones...appreciated more than you know.
Added by Jennifer Cumba on Aug 14, 2015 10:15 PM
Allen Reedy Curtis
Sarah Catherine Robbins
Thank you for the photo for Sarah. My apologies for the delay, just getting back from vacation
Added by Allen Reedy Curtis on Jul 31, 2015 10:56 PM
Toni Kee
Richard Burse
Thank you so much for the tombstone photo of Richard Burse. This has helped tie up some loose ends.
Added by Toni Kee on Jul 26, 2015 11:13 PM
Pat Liggett
Erith hugh Thompson
Thank you so very much for these pictures! Words just don't seem enough.

Pat Liggett
Added by Pat Liggett on Jul 25, 2015 4:19 AM
Thank you for taking your time to do this for me. Hopefully I'll be able to do the same for you someday.
Added by Darylb on Jul 23, 2015 6:56 PM
Linda H Swindell
Hannah Craig Tombstone Photo
I really do appreciate the tombstone photo of Hannah Craig. Thank you for adding it to her memorial.
Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Jul 23, 2015 7:24 AM
Linda H Swindell
Eula Craig Tombstone Photo
Thank you so much for posting the tombstone photo of Eula Craig. I appreciate it.
Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Jul 23, 2015 7:23 AM
Gladys M Haynes
Thank you for adding a memorial for Gladys M Haynes (#34275297). Would you please link her to her parents? Robert W McCoy (#33028200) and Florence Coates McCoy (#33028186). I greatly appreciate it!
Added by Cyndi on Jul 22, 2015 12:34 PM
Cindy D
Charles Derryberry
Someone has duplicated your memorial for Charles Derryberry. The newer one has more information. Thought you might want to take a look. Thanks!!
Added by Cindy D on Jul 13, 2015 9:17 AM
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