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Linda Wiesner (#47712171)
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Bio Photo Discovering and preserving family history is very important to me. Knowing one's family history gives a sense of being connected, of being part of the whole, tying together the past, present, and future.

I live in southeast Texas with roots going back to the Republic of Texas, the U. S. South, and back to Western and Middle Europe. That's a lot of ground to cover and I love the search!

All of my memorials are my family members. This is my way of remembering them, honoring them, and knitting together our big, wonderful family.

I found the following which sums up why so many of us are involved in genealogy.

From: The Comal County Genealogy Society

It was originally written by Della M. Cummings Wright,
Re-written by her Grand Daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis Johnson,
Edited and Reworded By Tom Dunn

"The Story Tellers"

"We are the chosen. My feelings are 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. 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. 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 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 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 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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Gerald Jacobs
RE: Dr. Simicek's books
I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION!!!!!!!!! I Will be coming through LaGrange in a month or two.
You made my day!
Thanks Again,
Eleanor Neisser Jacobs
Leander, Texas
Added by Gerald Jacobs on Feb 02, 2016 7:06 AM
Kathy Braden
sliva cousins
If you are on facebook, we started a Sliva Cousins facebook group for the purpose of putting the pieces together of our family trees. My name is Kathy Braden, so friend me and join the group! My tree is as such; John and Veronica Pratka parent of Julianna Sliva married Anton Sliva. They had 11 children including my grandfather, Emil Sliva. I believe Julianna had a sister Albina, who you are related to? Still foggy on the details. Maybe you can help?
Added by Kathy Braden on Feb 17, 2015 3:07 PM
Olive Oyl
Duke at Mt. Pleasant
Hi Linda,

The next time I am out by Mt. Pleasant, I will check on Robert B. Duke and family and try to obtain a picture of the family plot.
Added by Olive Oyl on Feb 13, 2015 4:50 PM
angelina kretzschmar
Added by angelina kretzschmar on Feb 08, 2015 9:08 PM
Veronica Sue Valenta Camarillo
RE: Rosina Baca obituary - thanks!
You are very welcome! I'm not sure if the Novy Domov is on microfilm for that year. I went through the microfilm at the Czech Heritage Center in La Grange. I will see what years they have and get back with you.
Added by Veronica Sue Valenta Cama... on Nov 04, 2014 9:19 AM
Veronica Sue Valenta Camarillo
Rosina Baca
Linda, I uploaded an obituary I found in the Czech newspaper Novy Domov. I hope you don't mind.

Added by Veronica Sue Valenta Cama... on Nov 03, 2014 8:10 PM
Skip Farrow
RE: Thank you for adding photos
Thank you Linda, it is always wonderful to know these memorials are appreciated.
Added by Skip Farrow on Oct 18, 2014 9:59 PM
Saw you had left a message on Joseph Gansey Insall's site. Would love to talk more about "our" family.
He was my maternal grandmothers, mothers father.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Added by T on Oct 11, 2014 9:22 AM
Deby Beran
Catherine Halina Bock # 64599866
Is her maiden name Pelzer? That's what I have turned up through traveling up from my Kersh family to the Bock family.

Also There is an Annie M Shoemaker (Schumaker) Bock Find A Grave # 91939876 that lists as her mother an Ann Pelzer. Do you know where she fits in?

Thanks so much, Deby
Added by Deby Beran on Oct 01, 2014 4:18 PM
Skip Farrow
RE: Thank you! Ruzena Wiesner Rek
Yes, I take the photos from the tombstones and try to make them look as good as possible. So many times, this is the only available photo of the person and on the older stones are very weathered. I very much appreciate your note of thanks.
Added by Skip Farrow on May 15, 2014 8:58 AM
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