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Rita Taylor (#47824139)
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My feelings are in each family we are 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.
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 I am 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 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.

[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]

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Wendell Alderson
Thank you so very much
Just came across the memorial to my grandfather Lee Vernon Mize. I had never seen pictures of him. Thank you Rita for doing this.

Wendell Alderson Jr.
Sacramento, CA
son of Virginia Ruth Mize
Added by Wendell Alderson on Feb 22, 2014 2:43 PM
(Pam and Teresa) Pamala Metzger Gammill &
RE: Rosa Gabriella Ballard Beckham Patterson
You are so very welcome, Teresa and I LOVE doing this for people.God Bless, Pam
Added by (Pam and Teresa) P... on Aug 21, 2013 1:28 PM
Marca Lee Jennette McInnes Murray
Lydia Ellen Patterson Beckham
Thanks for the suggestion.
Added by Marca Lee Jennette McInne... on Jan 06, 2013 1:26 AM
Beth Austin
RE: Transfer
You are welcome!
Added by Beth Austin on Nov 30, 2012 6:16 PM
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