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gene digger (#47382406)
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Bio Photo Up until about ten years ago I had a rather fuzzy view of my place in this country: of where I come from, who I am and how I got where I am today.

Some years ago I accepted a challenge from an Aunt, the last of my father's generation, to organize her family photograph albums and document her recollections.

The set of six albums contains over a thousand photographs from as long ago as 1860. It seems like there has always been someone in the family who had a camera. Moreover, my Aunt knows the names of the individuals on all but a handful of the pictures.

As I scanned each one I created a page for that individual using a Legacy genealogy program and this project became the basis for all the work that has followed.

Along the way I have discovered stories of loss and suffering, of sacrifice and commitment. A widowed aunt with minor children marries a widower with minor children to protect the young from the ravages of a northern Pennsylvania winter in 1860. A grandfather is wounded in battle at Valley Forge at age 14 but rejoins the fight as soon as he is healed. An uncle dies of typhus in a camp hospital during the Civil War.

Suddenly I am aware of being a whole person, of having a place in this country, of having blood in the ground. And my passion for knowing more is second only to my desire to complete the archive and pass it to the next generation.

There are many people to thank for making the discoveries possible, but no one more than my own parents for giving me a nurturing home, a compassionate nature and a curiosity to explore.
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Sue (Lumley) Sayre
Donald Yoho
Thanks for taking the pic. I appreciate your kindness.
Added by Sue (Lumley) Sayre on Nov 28, 2016 11:25 AM
Kathy Smith
RE: Albert Auten
Thank you, Gene, for your efforts.
Kathy Smith
Added by Kathy Smith on Oct 12, 2016 7:23 PM
Michelle M. Hughes (Smith)
Lula Baker Pettit
Thanks so much for the photo of my cousins grave marker. I really do appreciate your help!
Added by Michelle M. Hughes (Smith... on Sep 27, 2016 1:50 PM
Michelle M. Hughes (Smith)
Evaline Baker Richmond & Russell
Thank you so so much for the wonderful photo you took of my cousin Evaline Baker & husband. It is greatly appreciated!
Added by Michelle M. Hughes (Smith... on Sep 27, 2016 1:49 PM
Denise Murphy
Genevieve Ileen Carney
G. I. Carney died 13 Dec 1935 in Moundsville
Added by Denise Murphy on Jun 28, 2016 4:22 PM
Denise Murphy
Genevieve Ileen Carney
Thank you for attempting to fulfill my request. The cemetery doesn't have a record of her burial but her death certificate notes that she's buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Moundsville, WV. I wonder if there are two Greenlawn Cemeteries? Thanks again.
Added by Denise Murphy on Jun 26, 2016 12:37 PM
Kathy Smith
Edward & Bessie Auten
Thanks so much for the photos of this couple. I live in CO, so without volunteers like you, I would never have these pix. I loved reading your bio, too. It's amazing how quickly and deeply we can be drawn into our family history by a collection of photos or writings, isn't it? Congratulations on having access to such a large collection, and thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for this important work.
Kathy Smith
PS - thanks to your thorough research at Greenlawn on some of the other Autens, I am tracking down their accurate locations.
Added by Kathy Smith on Apr 12, 2016 10:00 AM
Conservative Patriot
Joseph Strange
We go to the church across the street from where you are staying. Wesleyan orientation but non-denominational. Very small and pretty traditional. You and Auntie are welcome.
Added by Conservative Patriot on Apr 10, 2016 8:56 PM
Terry Magyar
Blanch Kanner.
Thank you checking with the office and finding out there's no record of her. I'll need to do a little more digging and check the Greenlawn Cem. near Wheeling.
Added by Terry Magyar on Apr 05, 2016 12:22 PM
RE: Reynolds at Greenlawn
Thank you for looking for Ruth Reynolds at Greenlawn. I was going by the info provided on her death record. Please see her memorial page. 160284367

Thank you
Added by HudieGram on Apr 04, 2016 12:04 PM
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