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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
Max Reasons Tombstone Photo

Thank you for posting the tombstone photo. It is greatly appreciated.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Apr 23, 2017 11:12 AM
Linda H Swindell
Willard Pillar Tombstone Photo

Thank you for posting to tombstone photo. It is greatly appreciated.

Linda Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Apr 23, 2017 11:11 AM
Linda H Swindell
James Reasons Tombstone Photo

Thank you for posting the tombstone photo. It is greatly appreciated.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Apr 23, 2017 11:10 AM
Don Harrison
Thanks for the pictures of Archibald & Annetta Hawks. I now have another leaf for the tree.

Don Harrison
Added by Don Harrison on Apr 20, 2017 5:48 PM
Terry J.
request transfer
Please transfer Find A Grave Memorial# 18813634 to me as this is my maternal grandfather.

Thank you
Added by Terry J. on Apr 20, 2017 5:14 PM
Terry J.
request transfer
Please transfer memorial #18813643 for Myrtle May Dugger to me, as this is my Maternal Grandmother.

Thank you.
Added by Terry J. on Apr 20, 2017 5:03 PM
Shirley Farrell
Thank You Cristie for the wonderful photo of the headstone of nancy Angeline Tidwell Williams, memorial # 27178797. It was great. Thanks for your help in this endeavor.
Added by Shirley Farrell on Apr 20, 2017 10:33 AM
Susan Carrington Kilgore Wiley
Faulkner and Neal photos
Thank you so much for taking the time to photo and add the photos to the three memorials. I appreciate you efforts. Susan
Added by Susan Carrington Kilgore ... on Mar 02, 2017 10:08 AM
Wanda Emler
Harris Warren
Thank-you for the tombstone picture.
Added by Wanda Emler on Feb 15, 2017 8:56 AM
Thank you so much for taking & posting the headstone photo for Richard Houston Grubbs in Hollywood Cemetery. I appreciate your time & effort to do this.
Added by CHB on Jan 10, 2017 10:44 PM
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