|Kimberly McDaniel (#46776859)|
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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 somehow 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 storytellers of our 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 the lost, we somehow find ourselves.
How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; I know 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 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 pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish, how they contributed to what I am 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, their descendants.
It is of equal pride and love that our own mothers struggled to give us birth. Without them we could not exist, and so we love each ancestor we find, as far back as we can reach. That everyone 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 storytellers. 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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I have added the information you provided. I also checked to see if there was an obituary published, which there was but I am having trouble pulling it up right now, not sure if it's my computer or the site. Let me know if you don't have it and I'll try again later.
|Kay Wadsworth Walch||Your tribute to the family scribe.|
You stated so succintly & beautifully how I think of myself & my role in my family as a story teller & recorder of our forefathers/foremothers. Yourl ovely thoughts were expressed with feeling and care. Thank you Kimberly for summing up for me and, I am certain, others as well.
These folks of ours lived a life, gave to their families, took care of one another and lived hopefully to see some of the fruits of their labor. They were loved as sons & daughters as well as helpmates and parents. They deserve to be remembered out loud.
Kay Wadsworth Walch
|GMG||Rev. William Sparrow|
Kimberly, thank you for adding the information before transferring the memorial of Rev. William Sparrow, who is buried at Virginia Theological Seminary Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia to my care.
Your work here at Find-a-Grave is invaluable to individuals like me doing family research. ~ with appreciation, George Gaston
Added by GMG on Sep 16, 2014 11:08 AM
|Dale Schaefer||Geo. Winchester|
Thanks so much for the additional information on Mr. Winchester. I've placed it on his memorial. Folks such as you help make this site such a wonderful resource.
|George Seitz||Maj Powhatan Ellis|
|sassytazzy||Strachan's in Blandford Cemetery|
No apologies for "extra work" please! I like being able to add more information to the memorials & connecting people with their families :) Thanks very much for all the information you sent!
|sassytazzy||Blair Harvie Waring|
Wow - good timing on this one! I've been working on the Blair & related families for the past few days lol! In case you're also researching this family, Mary Elizabeth Blair Harvie is the daughter of John Geddes Blair: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=57295272 and Sarah Anne Eyre Heron Blair: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=82096233
I've made the links you sent - thanks very much!
|Leo York||Joshua Foster|
Updates ,links and transfers have been done. Thank you for the information,Leo.
Added by Leo York on Apr 10, 2013 12:48 PM
|Sandra Tibbs Blake||Alice Flippen|
Thanks so much for the additional information. I have added her family members, as well as her husband.
Read your profile page and it is wonderful. You are so right. There is usually one in each family that feels the nee to looks up ancestors. I am glad I am the one in my family. It is so rewarding.
|nancy murray||Find A Grave|
You have expressed so well my feelings about finding and honoring ancestors.
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