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Ellece (#47103719)
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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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Harold Thornton
RE: ALTON M COSTLEY
Contact me through my email: spencer-thornton@collector.org. I'll share what info I have and I have questions for you as well.
Added by Harold Thornton on Apr 14, 2014 4:02 PM
Harold Thornton
ALTON M COSTLEY
You are right about his father, I have that in my records. Not sure why I added him as Woodson & Sarah's child. I don't know where his father is buried at and he died in 1951 based on my records.

Grant descendant? Any relation to my 4th great grandparents - Gregory and Lucinda (Davis) Grant?

Added by Harold Thornton on Apr 14, 2014 3:07 PM
Janie Light
RE: Edits on Burns Memorials
You are very welcome. It's a lot easier to find someone else's mistakes than your own. And we all make mistakes, more and more as we get older as I'm finding out from experience. HA HA
Added by Janie Light on Apr 10, 2014 9:31 AM
AR
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What a wonderful bio message you have!
Added by AR on Apr 06, 2014 10:12 PM
Charles Clark
Annie Bell Grant Bates
Thanks for the information, It has been added.
Added by Charles Clark on Apr 05, 2014 11:28 AM
Dianne
Hopewell Cemetery
So nice to meet you Ellece. Thanks for your offer! I think we all have more than enough to keep us busy but I owe plenty back to findagrave for all the wonderful volunteers who have helped with my searches so I feel this is a big job I can help with so have put my work on hold for now! At least for one more week than I must return to my piles of things to enter in my database. Take care and good luck to you.

Dianne
Added by Dianne on Apr 04, 2014 2:52 PM
Dianne
RE: Hopewell Cemetery
Hi Ellece,

Humm, I am wondering why Paul didn't send you the discs. He told me he sent them to 8 people but as far as I know another lady and myself are the only ones adding his photos now - maybe Paul and his wife occasionally. He sent the whole cemetery to everyone. I was very overwhelmed at first thinking I was to do all 4000+, but not so. It is a huge undertaking. Just wish he was more careful with his photos many times. Oh, who am I to say. I of course started at the end with the hardest section - the oldest section. I finished those 876 photos which were not always good ones. Took me a whole week of working 12+ hours a day. He cut off many dates and lots were not readable. He chalked some which I was grateful for but not near enough. Sometimes he only chalked names and not the dates [the important part] but I know this was a huge undertaking of the largest cemetery in Cullman as Paul told me anyway.

Anyway, if you like I will let Paul know you did not get his discs. I was going to stop working on the photos after I did the 1200 I have completed but decided I would continue to get it done. I am working on a huge project for my family. I copied 1000+ death certificates from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City in the Fall of 2013 which I need to enter into my database. So I could be doing that but I will see this through first!

I did not know Robin Sterling compiles a book of the cemeteries in Cullman County. I have his from Blount County, put out in 2002 which are lifesavers for me. I do have 3 volume cemetery books on Cullman County Cemeteries, reprinted in 2001 by the Cullman Co Public Library System Press. That has helped tremendously on these old cemetery photos Paul has taken. I would never have been able to figure out some of them without this wonderful set of books.

Anyway Ellece, you take care. We will get this project done somehow. Paul told me yesterday that he may go to another cemetery in Cullman County and do the same thing! Wouldn't it be great if they were all complete except of course resent burials? Maybe someday! Take care.

Dianne, San Diego Co, CA volunteer
crazhayn@cox.net
Added by Dianne on Apr 04, 2014 12:10 PM
Dianne
Hopewell Cemetery
Hi Ellece,

Thank you so much for all your wonderful photos in this cemetery. I am in the process of entering as a volunteer all the photos there taken by Paul Goodwin and wife. His quality is not NEAR yours, so I just leave yours there when I get to it and don't add his unless it happens to be better but I don't think any were. But Paul and his wife have done a great thing by taking all the photos in Hopewell. Now we are trying to enter the 4000+! Anyway, I needed to tell you that I appreciate your photos so much.

Thanks again,
Dianne, San Diego Co, CA
Added by Dianne on Apr 03, 2014 11:57 AM
David Simpson
Grant pic
Ellece,

Thanks for the letting me know the picture was wrong. I had William Alphus Grant's photo, and replaced it with the one that was wrong.

David
Added by David Simpson on Apr 01, 2014 5:24 PM
Sharon Frank Patrick
Pitts in Shadowlawn
There are 3 in that lot, Lonnie, Carrie and Luther. Let me know if you would like a transfer for Connie and Luther.

Sharon
Added by Sharon Frank Patrick on Mar 31, 2014 3:02 PM
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