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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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Sharon Weatherley Bulice
Cornelious Alexander Neely & Sarah E Jernigan
Thank you for taking a photograph of Neely & Sarah E Jernigan headstone and placing it on their memorial page.
Added by Sharon Weatherley Bulice on May 03, 2015 8:51 PM
Linda H Swindell
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Thank you for posting the tombstone photo of Fredda Porter on her Find A Grave memorial. It is appreciated.
Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on May 02, 2015 7:10 AM
H. Ray Wilson
Thomas Jefferson Henderson

Mr. Henderson was the Grand Father of a friend of mine and would like me to update some family links. Would you please transfer to me #47400318?

H. Ray Wilson, 901-497-1064
Added by H. Ray Wilson on May 02, 2015 2:45 AM
Melissa Byrnes
Ruth Virginia Duncan Harrison
Thanks for the picture! So quick! truly appreciate it....
Added by Melissa Byrnes on May 01, 2015 10:36 PM
Norville - Rust photos
Thanks for the quick response - appreciate it - G-Man
Added by G-Man on May 01, 2015 9:47 PM
Sharon Weatherley Bulice
Ortho A Grantham
Thank you for taking picture of Ortho headstone and placing it on his memorial page.
Added by Sharon Weatherley Bulice on Apr 23, 2015 10:49 PM
Linda H Swindell
Tombstone Photos

I really do appreciate the tombstone photos that you posted to the Find A Grave memorials for Ivy Lee Richardson Hand, Joel follies Richardson, Irene Richardson, James Richardson and John Richardson. I appreciate all that you do for Find A Grave.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Apr 22, 2015 5:30 PM
Linda H Swindell
Memorial Edit
Thank you so much for approving the memorial edits for Ida Charlotte Richardson Hand. I appreciate it very much.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Apr 22, 2015 5:27 PM
Marvin & Samme Templin
Osborne Requests
Thanks so much for filling our requests.
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Linda Flores
John Glasgow
Thank you so much for the photo! I really appreciate it!
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