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Helen Ann Chandler (#47065701)
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We are the chosen. 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 some how they know and approve.

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 some how 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 the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.

It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth,without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. 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 they and they are the sum of who we are. 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 my place in the long line of family story tellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.

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Somehow this just felt like it needed to be shared. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Hunting Helen
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Monte Anderson
August Pielaet
Hi. Could you please delete this August Pielaet as another one in the same graveyard is already on and contains more info and liked to his wives.
The number is 37391980 Thank you. He was married to my Aunt Hazel Barker Pielaet which has a link to her on the other profile. Monte
Added by Monte Anderson on Sep 12, 2014 6:26 PM
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Jessie F. Root
Dear Ms. Chandler

We sent you a correction for :
Jessie F. Root
Find A Grave Memorial# 47067432

To add the middle name of "Franklin"

We apologize to correct our selves it should be "Frank"

Thank you
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Added by Member #47614207 on Mar 21, 2014 6:10 AM
HOLMES @ Brownsboro
THANKS, Helen, for your kind, generous transfer. Great find on the locating that marker too, Bill
Added by WMVAN on Jan 07, 2014 7:46 PM
Ralph Hammond-Green
William Edward Darling - Transfer
Thank you for creating and now transferring his memorial. You work is much appreciated.
Added by Ralph Hammond-Green on Jan 07, 2014 2:08 PM
Robert Wacaser
Many Thanks

Just wanted to thank you for the Law transfers. I really appreciate it and thanks for adding them to this cemetery in the first place. Your time and kindness is appreciated.

Again, thanks,

Robert Wacaser
Added by Robert Wacaser on Nov 28, 2013 4:52 PM
Cloma Taylor Shield
Thank you for the transfer!

Added by Martha on Nov 03, 2013 8:13 PM
Rick Heumann
RE: Joan Fisher
She is not a relative, she is the spouse of someone I photographed from a request, and she is on the same marker. I will add the photo to her memorial. Thanks!
Added by Rick Heumann on Oct 13, 2013 10:28 AM
Linda R
Find A Grave Memorial# 12354220
Hi...I have the death certificate for him and it states the day of death as "13" not "3". I can send it to your email if you would like to see it. L.
Added by Linda R on Oct 12, 2013 10:11 AM
Rick Heumann
Joan M Fisher 38055589
I took a picture of Raymond Fisher, mem# 111247527, and noticed that Joan Fisher is listed on Raymonds marker as well. If you would like, I will add that picture to her memorial. I wanted to ask since she has a marker of her own.
Added by Rick Heumann on Sep 22, 2013 7:21 PM
Constant C Heatherly
Thank you for transferring my cousin Constant Heatherly's memorial to me.

Your kindness is appreciated.

Added by Goddess on Sep 16, 2013 7:56 AM
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