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Bill R Sheffield (#46606536)
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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.

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Re: 82871306
Thank you for the name correction.
Added by Keeping in touch on May 18, 2017 11:11 AM
Polly Fry Hagerman
RE: 57154493
Links done. My thanks for your help. Polly
Added by Polly Fry Hagerman on Apr 10, 2015 3:52 PM
Kim Reedy Maxwell
Nettie Shehan 97395137
Hello Bill,

Would you kindly link Nettie to Joe Donald Shehan 49012290 please? Joe was Nettie's son.

Thank you,

Kim Maxwell
Added by Kim Reedy Maxwell on Nov 15, 2014 11:26 AM
RE: Lura M Allred
So sorry.
The correct memorial number is 35792572.
Thanks for making the links.
Added by pallred on Apr 02, 2014 10:56 AM
W. Gayden
please link 51524683 Hallie L Tysinger Moore as a daughter to 27143587(John Walter Tysinger and 27143588 (Artie Florie Bean)
Added by W. Gayden on Dec 05, 2013 7:15 PM
Allan Joyce
Helen Ray
Are you related to Helen Bates Ray?
Added by Allan Joyce on Aug 14, 2013 9:22 PM
Nichelle Kameka
Morris Gene
Are you related to morris gene sheffield
Added by Nichelle Kameka on Aug 07, 2013 2:47 PM
Martha E. Allred 1837-1882
Franklinville United Methodist Church....
PLEASE delete the photo you added of JOHN ALLRED's stone on her memorial page.
I have another photo to add, and 5 is the limit.
thanks Bill.
Added by deegraver on May 09, 2013 9:45 PM
Raeford Boyd "Rip" Brewer
Husband related to the Boyd's. Was his mother's name actually Mary Elizabeth Boyd?
Added by pallred on May 07, 2013 11:39 AM
RE: Susan Sheffield Withers
thank you. so, did she marry Henry Withers?
where is he buried?
Added by deegraver on Mar 06, 2013 5:26 AM
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