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Donna Hasbrouck (#47491143)
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Bio Photo I consent to the use of my marker photographs for genealogical research provided they are for personal use only. Kindly acknowledge me for the taking of the photographs.

[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]

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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Marie Bonafonte
Lucy Ann Jagger Sizer
Your request has been completed.
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Jul 06, 2015 3:45 PM
Gladys Winkler
Thank you for the transfer as well as all the previous ones. Thanks for all you have done as well for FindaGrave.
Added by Sharon on Jun 20, 2015 11:17 PM
Joseph HasBrouck
thanks for the info -- that was very interesting.
Added by Donna on Jun 20, 2015 8:44 AM
M Adinolfi
Israel Pinney Family Plots
Thank you for posting the Pinney family listings and photos in FindAGrave. I was searching for their burial locations. Amazing work! A descendant.
Added by M Adinolfi on Jun 07, 2015 1:38 PM
F Priam
Donna, Many thanks for your time in taking the Photo!
Added by F Priam on Jun 01, 2015 4:47 PM
Cindy Coffell
Lloyd Handy
Thank you, Donna, for Lloyd's grave photos. I appreciate you!
Added by Cindy Coffell on May 30, 2015 2:54 AM
Zoe Tom
FAG #: 75906386
I can't read the dates and words on this tombstone. Can you tell me what they are?


Added by Zoe Tom on May 29, 2015 6:45 PM
Neal Carrier
Squire & Ella Dopp
Thank you for the picture Donna. She was my g-grandmothers sister and now I have pictures of all the siblings gravestones.
Added by Neal Carrier on May 29, 2015 6:21 PM
Oh look, a chicken!
Giffie's stone
Thank you so much for taking the time to get the pictures of Aunt Giffie's stone! Great people like you make this site awesome!
Added by Oh look, a chicken! on May 29, 2015 6:03 PM
Helen Johnsons in Salisbury
The pictures you posted on Helen E. Johnson, Find A Grave#59674338 belongs on Helen M. Johnson, Find A Grave#59674382. Helen M., born 1917, is Everett's wife not Helen E., born 1914. I am trying to get them corrected.
Thank you,
Added by DBT on Apr 22, 2015 10:08 AM
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