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Honoring Their Lives (#47702523)
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Bio Photo The primary families that I focus on are Pickens (MS,OK), Hilliker/Hillaker (Canada/Michigan), Taylor (Rockcastle,KY), Whaley (Canada/MI), Wheaton (MI), Fox (OH,KY), the Lamirands (Wanette,OK) and all those who have married into these families in my research. Other family lines followed include the Murphys(Liverpool), Maske(Germany/Poland), Spielman(Germany/Poland/Wis), and the many families affiliated with his extensive research.


"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."
~Indian Proverb


"As we think well of ourselves, let us remember that we are standing on the shoulders of the generations before, for if they had not come, we would not be here."


We are the Chosen

In each family there is one that 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.

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 fact. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes 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 keep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.

It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might remember them. So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. 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 my place I the long lone of family storytellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.

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"Our Ancestors of Albert County"
New Brunswick, Canada
Host: Sheila Geldert Hannah


What calls us to find the ancestors? It goes beyond a simple curiosity. We are taken over, compelled, as if possessed by something bigger than us that is begging to be revealed. There is one of us in most every family, called to be the scribe. I am but one of the many in the long line of storytellers of our clan. Like others I am called to gather and assemble the ancestorsóto breathe life back into them as far back as we can reach. We take what we find and chronicle the facts of their existence, remembering their names and who they were and what they did. They are the sum of who we are, for without them, we would not exist. We greet those who came before us, restoring their place in the familial line. We scribe their stories and their histories. We search for them in public libraries, county records, and weed-filled or well-kept cemeteries. We comb through yellowed newspapers, family archives, and lovely old letters and photo albums. We find them! And in finding themówe find ourselves.
Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau, Sep 2009

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Luella Radley, Gracelawn Cemetery, Flint, MI
Yesterday I searched the entire plot and surrounding area-there is no marker for this person. Please remove the photo request. Also I checked the cemetery survey done in the early 1960's, there was no marker recorded then either.
Added by paulswife on Jul 31, 2017 1:15 PM
LdyBug ❤️
Hi Helen,
Yes their death was so tragic and both so young. My best friends daughter, was Erins best friend and is devastated also. I did not know her personally. They were both loved by many people.
Thanks for offering her memorial though, that was so kind of you :)
Added by LdyBug ❤️ on Jul 31, 2017 9:26 AM
Abigail Conner #181468955
Your Find A Grave Memorial for Abigail was created on July 17, 2017. It is a duplicate. The original one was created on June 25th. I noticed when I was going to leave a flower for her.
Added by EpitaphWriter on Jul 28, 2017 9:52 AM
Buddy Leech
RE: Appreciative
Thanks for the feedback, Helen. My eye for detail is all towards making Find A Grave a better Website. I'm not out there hunting, but I come across many duplicates in linking families of the many Memorials I work on. In the beginning, I picked several wrong Memorials to make family links. No more ... I hope.
Added by Buddy Leech on Jul 27, 2017 9:14 AM
Hardy Flanagan
Marvin & Dorothy Aldridge
Hello, I was looking at new memorials at a local cemetery and came across these two. 181411616 & 181411904. I was heading out to the cemetery today and thought I'd try to get a couple photos to add. However when I went to add them I noticed you have already added some photos. I thought I'd give you a heads up, it looks like there might have been a glitch in the system when you added them. They are showing as a "person" instead of as a "grave" photo. Thought you might want to check with photo@ so they look into it. I know there have been some transcribing issues with photos lately. Hopefully no major issues though. Thanks
Added by Hardy Flanagan on Jul 24, 2017 10:31 AM
RE: Appreciative
You're welcome, I feel a Find A Grave notification is not complete without a little history on the person.
Added by ER1230 on Jul 23, 2017 8:53 AM
Carol Williams-Frager
Paul Lawson
Thank you so much for the transfer, it is deeply appreciated. God Bless. Carol
Added by Carol Williams-Frager on Jul 10, 2017 9:46 AM
RE: Good find!
I was just searching someone of a 'like' name when I noticed the duplicate.
I'm trying to reduce duplicates in the memorials I now maintain.
Added by sec412 on Jul 05, 2017 10:53 AM
Robert C. Peurifoy
Cpl Baldridge
Thank you for your kind words. It was my honor to be able to ride in the Patriot Guard Riders escort from the Airport to the funeral home. This was my first Active Duty escort. It was very moving experience. All along the route the stores had closed and people lined the street. Both the local Lowe's Store and Wal-Mart closed, their staff lining the highway. Fire Departments had giant flags over the streets. Perhaps the most moving was two women, about a mile apart, with small children, holding the enclosed Flags they had been presented when their loved ones died.
Part of my emphasis is working on the memorials for veterans. We owe so much.
Added by Robert C. Peurifoy on Jun 29, 2017 4:49 PM
Betty Pilon, Gracelawn Cemetery, Flint, MI
Please delete your photo request. The cemetery office has no record of this person. She must be buried elsewhere.
Added by paulswife on Jun 24, 2017 12:50 PM
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