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Find-A-Grave has been very helpful in my family research. I enjoy helping others find out more about their families as well. I have entered memorials for many who are not related to me. If one of the memorials I have entered is related to you, please send me a transfer request and I will gladly make the transfer. I believe that a relative's memorial should be with family who knew and loved them, not with a stranger.

Also, if you have additional information to add to a memorial I have created that is not a relative of mine, I am happy to transfer. My hope is that by "sharing" memorials and adding as much information as possible, someone will eventually find a missing family member.

Feel free to use any photos I have posted on Find A Grave for your personal genealogy research.

To Live In Hearts We Leave Behind is Not to Die.

In each family there is one who seems to be 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 on 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" ! So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.
^^^^first part of said poem,
- Author UNKNOWN
Dear Ancestor
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiselled out
on polished, marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to Mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

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