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Once upon a time a naive genealogist and avid photographer took to the internet in hopes of finding lost ancestors. Had it not been for the first intrepid volunteers at Find a Grave, I might never have found family memorials and headstone photos. With all the excitement of a kid in a candy store, I promised that I'd pay it forward to other genealogists. Ten years later, I'm still drawn to cemeteries - a quest that's taken me to over 10 counties in Texas, and many in my home state of Missouri. I tease about the girl who flew down gravel roads in her red Grand Am, determined to fulfill yet another "scratch and sniff" project.
Tut the story is true, humorous, and the special memories have been worth every minute.
For me, there's so much more to learn than just taking a photo of a headstone. Ancestors call out to us, longing to share their history with others. Longing to tell the story of their life and times. Study the icons.
Read the inscriptions. Let's honor those who came before us, and those yet to come. Let's do what we can to provide a picture of their lives. From the easily-found cemeteries to those hidden in Joe's cow field, I encourage you today to preserve yesterday's moments in time.

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