Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Helen Ann Chandler (#47065701)
 member for 6 years, 4 months, 2 days
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links

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.

(unknown author)

Somehow this just felt like it needed to be shared. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Hunting Helen
Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 2,229 Memorials Added
 • 2,087 Memorials Managed
 • 7 Memorials/Week
 • 3,505 Photos
 • 9 Photo Requests
 • 37 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 1,555 Virtual Flowers
 • 1 Fame Rating
 • 19 Friends
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Find A Grave Friends
Amy Wexler, Beverly Power, CABrown, Cindy Elschide,, Dane Coefer (in..., Erica LeRose, Evelyn, Jean, Jo Ellen CLINE ..., joe harrington, Laura Heckman, Mark, Martha McCaffre..., Michele Marie B..., Moore, Scotty, SMB-1010, Stephen Atwood
Messages left for Helen Ann Chan... (165)[Leave Message]
Chris V
Transfer of Memorials
Would you please transfer my mother's brother and his wife to me? They are: Alfred Longtin, ID# 55596583 and Leah Longtin, ID# 55545072. If you could do this, I could get Uncle Fred linked up with the rest of the family. Thanks.
Added by Chris V on Feb 20, 2015 12:51 AM
Would you mind, please transferring John Cameron, # 39925191 to me ~ he is my Great Grandfather. Thank you!
Added by SilverRose on Jan 24, 2015 2:23 AM
Hi, been a long time. I have found and added more info to the ones in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Corry, Erie County, Pa.
Hope you're surviving all the bad weather out that way.
Added by CABrown on Dec 20, 2014 7:14 AM
Martin Burrell
Franklin Millard Parker

Franklin has the official title of Early Oregonian. I used the correction tabs. He had two marriages his first wife died at Lexington, Morrow, Oregon and her remains are buried in the town's cemetery called, Penland Cemetery. Mary Ann [Horn] Parker was his first wife. They grew up together in Jackson County, Oregon.

I have sent to you much information for his memorial. I do hope you will be able to install it by the copy and paste method. It make the job so easy. NOTE: his death date is 1927 not 1921. There is a Oregon Death Certificate for him at the Oregon State Archives located in Salem, Marion, Oregon.

Thank you, Martin Burrell
Added by Martin Burrell on Nov 07, 2014 2:06 PM
RE: Dillard Horn
Thanks for the offer, but Dillard Horn is a distant relative so I'll leave him in case a descendant of his wants to manage his memorial.
Thanks for sharing the photo!
Added by Beegee57 on Oct 08, 2014 2:06 PM
Dillard Horn
Would it possible for me to use the photo of Dillard's maker in my family tree? I would gladly give you credit for it. I like to use them as visual reminders that I've finished adding all the information I have for that person.

Thanks so much...
Added by Beegee57 on Oct 07, 2014 6:05 PM
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
Member #47614207
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
Find A Grave Member #47614207
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
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service