I have been doing genealogy for over 40 yrs. Fortunately I was able to acquire valuable family information and photo's from a generation now past. I just started linking family together on FAG and value the enhancement it provides for the family historian and appreciate the work all the volunteers do for this site. Bless them for their countless hours documenting and sharing our ancestor's final resting place.
Benjamin Franklin said: "Show me your burial grounds and I'll show you a measure of the civility of a community."
WHAT CALLS US TO FIND OUR 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 ancestors—to 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 them—we find ourselves.
Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau, Sep 2009