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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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|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.
|Sherry Winchester||Zenia Johnson Lynn|
I have finished my research on this family.
I am interested in Phillip Mulky and wife. For various reasons I am looking at him/his wife as an ancestor in one of my lines.
We have had a mtdna test done, and I am looking for a direct female line. Janet and Deborah are the only ones possible. My attention now is trying to locate and make contact with them.
All other detailed info is on Ancestry.com under one of my Family Tree’s named “Milligen”
Generation # 1. Phillip Mulkey III & Mary Pollie
#2. Nancy Mulkey & Abraham Powell
#3. Margaret Mary Powell & Ezekiel Wilhite
#4. Mary Elizabeth “Bettie” Wilhite & Henry Thomas Johnson
#5. Zenia Johnson & Henry Lynn
#6. “Susie” Annie Ruth & Don Wiggins
#7. Janet Lee Wiggins & Norman Feinberg
#7. Deborah Jean (Debby) Wiggins & Jim Nolan
|Kathline York Forrester||Maiden names|
You've been a contributor for findagrave for quite a long time, however, according to their help section maiden names for women are entered as such.....
How do I enter all married names for a woman's memorial when she was married more than once?
The 'last name' is the name that is on the headstone. Include other married names as part of the biography section. The 'maiden name' is only for her maiden name....
Inis Whitlock. and your request for me to change the last name for this memorial to......> She married her first husband, Richard Henry Cockrell, on 22 Aug 1915 in Winston County. She is linked to that first husband. I do not know when she married the Whitlock but regardless, her maiden name should show as Smith and maybe her last name as Cockrell Whitlock.
I will make note of it in the bio section for you, but will not hyphenate it in the name section itself.
I am almost positive it is Bairrow. It is spelled that way on her husband's tombstone. I have a picture somewhere. I will try to locate it and post to her memorial.
Added by BK on Aug 03, 2015 7:36 AM
|Joyce Rye Kasberg||Latham|
I just know them and did some research on them a few years ago.
|J F Phillips||RE: Lester Herman Pitman|
That was the only scanned copy of my Great Grandfather I had at the time. Have more now and plan to update when I have time. My Grandfather, LH Pitman is identified as Ben's son. The other photo is of Great Grandfather Ben and his sister, Great Grandaunt Savannah Pitman Leonard. Would Like to share any Pitman family that you have.
I marked my great grandfather's grave today. Would you be so kind as to delete the old photo of his grave. Elijah Bee Mote
Melissa Mote Suits
|Kathline York Forrester||RE: William Henry McCoy|
Hopewell Cemetery- before moving away from the Cullman County area in 2011, I tried to visit every cemetery possible -and I know I missed a few. But I lived close enough to Hopewell to photograph it or walk it. The one to ask about a mass grave would be findagrave contributor rebekah younce, I believe she would know more about it. I got the lead about the tornado from another contributor for one of my memorials I had in the city cemetery on one of the tornado victims , last name Griffin.
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