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Cristie (#46865585)
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If I've created a memorial, then I have a photo of the tombstone too. If it's not posted, just let me know and I'll be glad to do it.

The Story Tellers...We Are The Chosen

My feelings are that 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 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 story tellers. 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.

---by Della M. Cummings Wright
and rewritten by her grand-
daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis
Johnson -----

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Linda H Swindell
James Reasons Tombstone Photo

Thank you so much for posting the tombstone photo to James Reasons' Find A Grave memorial. It is greatly appreciated.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Jun 16, 2017 5:48 AM
Thank you for the pic of Volney Osborne Boals and John Robert Boals headstone.Were there any more Boals in the same area? -tgc
Added by T.G.Caldwell on Jun 14, 2017 10:38 PM
Vance Leland Seat Photo

Thank you so much for your time and efforts in fulfilling my photo request for Mr. Seat. This helps to make his memorial more complete. MEW
Added by MEW on Jun 14, 2017 4:47 AM
barrett children
I would also like transfer of my grandmother's and grandfather's children jd, Georgia Ann jc etc
Added by Jada on Jun 14, 2017 12:05 AM
Cecil barrett
I would like transfer of my grandfather's find a grave please
Added by Jada on Jun 13, 2017 11:56 PM
Pat Brown Azlin
Myler is her son per census records. Her husbands name was John.'
Her maiden name was Butler
Added by Pat Brown Azlin on Jun 07, 2017 8:38 PM
Jinnet photo
Thanks, Christie, for taking a pic of Johnny Jinnet's tombstone. If you're ever back in that cemetery, I would love to have shots of Annie Bell Jinnette and G.W. (George Washington) Jinnette's stones as well. They were my great-great grandparents. In spite of the difference in spelling on the stones, Johnny and Needom were two of their sons, and my great-grandmother's brothers.

In addition, Mattie Sue Williams was Annie Bell and G.W.'s daughter and my great-grandmother's sister. There's a photo already of her husband Ralph Williams' tombstone, but I would love one of hers.

You have already photographed another of Annie Bell and G.W.'s children and her husband--Mildred and Charlie Cash, so thank you for that, too!

Anyway, I really appreciate the help! If you ever need anything in Central Florida, let me know.

Lisa Roney
Added by LCR on Jun 07, 2017 9:21 AM
George Presson
Thank you so much for the nice photo you took, and posted, of George Presson's monument. I really appreciate the work you do for findagrave! PPC
Added by PPC on Jun 03, 2017 4:02 PM
The. Browns
I can't thank you enough for the photo of their headstone for me.I have her dresser in my great grandparents.
Added by T.G.Caldwell on May 20, 2017 11:00 PM
Thank you
I appreciate your time in taking these photos for me.
Added by T.G.Caldwell on May 20, 2017 10:51 PM
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