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We Are The Chosen
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.
[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]
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Thanks so much for the nice headstone picture you posted for Howard in Lakeview Cemetery. Appreciate your fulfilling the photo request. Sorry it has taken me so long to acknowledge your good work.
Added by AZLITE on Sep 09, 2014 10:20 PM
|Geraldine "Gerry" Humes||Re: Vera Strunk Garrett|
Thank you so much for the headstone photo of my cousin. It is appreciated.
|Charlene Kimpler||Sadie Cleary|
Thank you for full filling my request for a gravestone photo.
|Charlene Kimpler||RE: Oscar, Nellie, Bertha Thurmond|
Yes, I would like all of them to be transferred. My find a grave number is 47331665. I will take good care of them. Did you see the beautiful photo Evelyn put up for Bertha?
|Susan Bishop||Victoria Mayhew Atwood|
I'm going with the YOB you provided as 1869 instead of 1859 on her marker after all. The census records show her YOB abt. 1870. Thank you for providing her full birth date and links to parents!
|Charlene Kimpler||Oscar, Nellie, Bertha Thurmond|
Thanks for full filling my request for gravestone photos for Oscar, Nellie and Bertha. I knew I could count on you to do it very fast.
I thank you for obtaining this photo. Your talents and dedication to this work is greatly appreciated.
Added by Bismarck on Aug 11, 2014 7:23 AM
Saw your flowers at my find a grave memorial for Effie May Crouch (Newell). She was my great grandmother. She was a great source of information on the Newell family. Of course I am wondering if you are related?
|Charlene Kimpler||Bertha and Nellie Thurmond|
Thanks for transferring their memorials to me.
Thanks for the photos of the Minters headstone.
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