|Greg W.Jones (#47281565)|
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My feelings are in each family we are 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.
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 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.
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|Yvonne||Old Liberty Cemetery, Blount Co., AL/Wilson CLOWDUS|
Thank you for the nice gravestone photos. I like the 2 photos, rather than just one close up.
Added by Yvonne on Mar 29, 2014 9:09 PM
|William Hooper||Guy Hunt|
You posted the picture of Governor Hunt's grave. Just where is this I went to Mount Vernon church on highway 69 and walked the small grave yard and did not find it. I did find his brother's grave Elder Olen hunt.
|Vickie Elam White||Thanks!|
Thank you for the photo of William Smith's grave. I really appreciate it.
Vickie Elam White
Thank you for the Smith marker that you posted. Your time is greatly appreciated.
Added by Sherry on Mar 24, 2013 8:09 AM
|Deborah Wall||Georgia A. Patton McPherson|
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
|Olen Minton||RE: Welcome to Find A Grave|
Thanks for your volunteer work.We need people like you.
|rebekah younce||RE: Picture Request-Price|
Greg, Thank you so much for your offer of help.
Since I am so far away and researching my family
history, your offer is very appreciated. I may
indeed ask you again.
|rebekah younce||Picture Request-Price|
Thank you so much for filling my picture request
of John and Sarrah Price grave markers!!
I live 350 miles away - here in Elberta, AL -
and getting to North Alabama does not happen
very often for me. This is WONDERFUL!!
Again thank you. These graves are my ggg grand
|Sarah Johnson||From Sarah|
Thus far, I have discovered that Mamie Gibbs Dover's maiden name was Crumbley. She was married to a Gibbs, but I don't know which one. Mamie was a sister to Levie Wilson Crumbley, who is also buried in the Duck River Cemetery. Gadsden Gibbs was a son of William Warner Gibbs and a grandson of William C.
Thanks a million, Greg, for the photos at Nectar Cemetery.
I appreciate it!
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