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The Story Tellers...We are the Chosen.
My feelings are 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 am I and why do 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.
Originally written by Della M. Cummings Wright. Re-written by her Grand Daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis Johnson. Edited and Reworded By Tom Dunn
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|Mary Enzor Smith||Oralee Childers Calvert|
Ellece, I took the Childers off the headstone (to be her maiden name)so I just removed it as a maiden name. It sounds like a sir name but we know we can't always go on that. Thanks for calling this to my attention.
|Don and Patrice Campbell||Cranford Burns|
Are you related to this man? If so, can you contact me at email@example.com ? My GGrandmother was his first cousin. I need help finding Cranford Burn's book.
|John Awbrey||J.V. Chastine|
I am going to do some more research on J.V. Chastine before I ok your changes, but Lavonia is not in Hart Co., GA. It is in Franklin County.
|Teena Williams||Mary Ella Ransom|
Whoops, I must apologize. I looked at the wrong thing. Thank you!
|Bobby & Judy Liles||Thank you Note|
Just like to thank you for the transfer of the Melears. Also I read your bio and I couldn't agree with you more. If it hadn't been for my father I would have never known anything about my ancestors. He had so many family stories and now I have taken his place.
Website "okcemeteries.net" > Enid Cemetery has Robert's middle name shown as Lincoln. His mother and father shown as William & Sarah (Fuller) Grant.
|MichaelH127||FAG Memorial 42066735|
Your memorial for Samuel McGaughey lists a middle name of Alexander. There is no evidence, that I know of, that he had a middle name. If you can let me know who made the suggestion that his middle name is Alexander, I will follow up with them for clarification, as this probable error is quickly being propogated throughout the internet. Thank you.
|Duffie and Kathy||ancestry.com|
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|Duffie and Kathy||Mary Pearl Riedel Fought|
I would like to see proof of marrige to Corbett?
"Last Name as you would find it on the tombstone",
Memorial Naming Conventions: Non-famous Memorials
If a hyphen or an apostrophe is part of the name, use the punctuation.
Use a period after names where only an initial is known. If the full name is known, use the full name and not the initial.
Do not use any other punctuation within any Name Field.
Do not use Full capitalization (ALL-CAPS) of names in any Name Field.
Suffixes and Prefixes do not belong in any Name Field.
First name of the deceased. Put the entire first name (if known), even if the grave marker is only an initial. Do not include titles or other prefixes in the First Name field.
Middle name of deceased. Put the entire middle name (if known), even if the grave marker is only an initial.
A familiar name of the deceased, if known; the nickname is automatically placed in quotes. A nickname is different from the real name (first or middle).
Maiden name of a married individual, if known (otherwise leave blank); the maiden name is automatically italicized and is only used if the individual was married and took the spouse's last name as their new last name. If the deceased was never married, then the last name is placed in the "Last Name" field, NOT in the "Maiden Name" field.
Last Name as you would find it on the tombstone, if the interred had more than one marriage or other possible spellings please place this information in the bio and use the family links. Do not include honorary or other suffixes in the Last Name field.
|Sherry Winchester||RE: Zenia Johnson Lynn|
Thanks so much for your reply.
All I was hoping for was to get the message posted.
I was also hoping some day a family might see it and contact me.
Again, thanks for your help.
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