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Blanche Keating Collie (#47962376)
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I have been doing family research for own family, friends and other people upon request for many years. I am delighted with FInd A Grave and the opportunity to share research data with others in this format. My husband and I are retired educators having both taught in public school, university level and been administrators. My family lines include, Keating, Snider, Whitaker, Heinle, Cobb, Robertson, Gann, Routh, Carter, Dunn, Williams, Taylor. Also have extensive research on my husband, John's, lines, Collie, Jones, Mattox, Moran, Rimer, Snodgrass, Cockrell, Huey. After dragging my husband through cemeteries all over the country for years in my research, he was delighted to have me do it on Find A Grave and even helped before his death.
The following sums up what this adventure is all about.

The Story Teller
We are the chosen. 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 feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but instead breathing life into all those who have gone before. We are the storytellers 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". - Author, Tom Dunn
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Doyle Riggan
Arkansas Collies
Hi, I am just beginning to start tracing my ancestors. I am the grandson of Bertie Collie Grissom, great grandson of Hardy Collie, and great, great grandson of Robert Carroll Collie. Bertie lived in Malvern, AR.
Added by Doyle Riggan on Apr 16, 2017 7:56 PM
Robbin Garner
Hello I am Robbin My grandfather ame was John Routh My Dad ame is Hugh Routh, Great Grandfather was Amazhar and G.G. father was Simeon Routh.
Added by Robbin Garner on Feb 21, 2017 11:20 PM
R. L. Vaughn
Ossie Vandola Keating
Hi, Blanche,

We were down at the County Line Cemetery yesterday, and took a picture of the grave of Ossie V. Keating.

I did a little work on the transcription, because it looked like a few words were slightly off on the Find-A-Grave memorial (for example, the "too" at the end is very hard to see, but the "t" is visible with faded letters following; and which completes the rhyme). I thought you might want to take a look and compare and see what you think. Blessings.

Twenty months I lived
To glad my parents sight
And now I bid to them
A short "good night."
Mourn not my fate.
My days in life were few
My pleasures brief
But brief my sorrows too.
Added by R. L. Vaughn on Feb 12, 2017 5:34 PM
carole taylor puntenney
The Story Teller
In my searching for our family lineage, I have found that NO legal document is 100% accurate. We have to take every memorial or profile, as a place to gather information. After we find information from f-a-g/wikitree/rootsweb/or, because they are all just information sites, we must actually find the census records, which are 50% accurate, the death cert may or may not have the correct DATA...Even headstones are known to be mischiseled. So bottom line, we must read "The Story Tellers" information and then go PROVE one way or another for ourselves. Until you can put the SOURCS or DOCUMENT with it yourself it is just family lore. And sometimes family stories like Blanche's are just too great not to keep in our books...Thank you Blanche for all your hard work in bringing the families to us.
Added by carole taylor puntenney on Jan 30, 2017 3:24 PM
Cinda Kay Nighswonger
Remembering Hudson
I am Hudson's second wife. We married in 1989 and divorced in 1992. I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2009 after years of estrangement. We spent a few hours catching up and mending our fences. He was one of the happiest and genuinely good men I have known.
He always reminded me that he prayed for my salvation, and I was so happy to tell him I had been saved! So soon my dear, we will see each other again. Love Cinda
Added by Cinda Kay Nighswonger on Jan 07, 2017 4:58 PM
Claudia Wier
Merry Christmas!
Dearest Wonderful Blanche,

I wish you and Cheryl a happy, healthy Christmas holiday and a lovely New Year! Thank you for all you have done for my mother and my family with your gorgeous memorial to her and my brother Terrence! I am forever grateful to, and for, the both of you! We will be coming through your aria and hope to see you on the way out to see that beautiful memorial in Portales!

Claudia Wier

P.S. would you please send me your home address again??
Added by Claudia Wier on Dec 23, 2016 12:23 PM
Bruce Wertz
happy christmas
Merry Christmas and happy new year
Added by Bruce Wertz on Dec 14, 2016 12:53 PM
Royce Arnold Scott
Burton Collie
My wife's grandmother Lela Stovall married Dee Elmer Weatherly in Jefferson Co

they later divorced and he spent the rest of his life in Big Spring Texas

In late life, she married Burton Collie and they lived in Jefferson Co

Is there a connection with Burden Collie

Royce Scott
Added by Royce Arnold Scott on Nov 09, 2016 9:34 AM
Billy Franklin
William Silas Collie
Do you have a copy of the will of William Silas Collie which you mentioned you found in the Lincoln County Archives? I have been to the archives and they cannot find the papers. I am a descendant of John and Elizabeth Franklin and would like to see a copy of the will. If you have copy could you please send to me at Thanks and regards,
Billy Franklin
Added by Billy Franklin on Oct 27, 2016 12:21 PM
Pat Sproat
Mary Brown Routh
Would you please check your edits tab and
I have sent you Mary Brown Rouths parents
memorials to add to her memorial.
Hope you can add them to her memorial.
Added by Pat Sproat on Oct 13, 2016 8:51 AM
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