Retired in 2008. Moved to the west side of Michigan which happened to be closer to my paternal ancestors and many of their final resting places. Started researching my family genealogy. Have been so appreciative of the Find A Grave information on many of my ancestors.
I will gladly transfer any memorials that are not in my line. Please feel free to use any of the photos that I have taken. [credit given would be appreciated] I feel like I am solving puzzles as I do research. Happy researching.
"Many African societies divide humans into three categories: those still alive on the earth, the sasha, and the zamani. The recently departed whose time on earth overlapped with people still here are the sasha, the living-dead. They are not wholly dead, for they still live in the memories of the living, who can call them to mind, create their likeness in art, and bring them to life in anecdote. When the last person to know an ancestor dies, that ancestor leaves the sasha for the zamani, the dead. As generalised ancestors, the zamani are not forgotten but revered. Many … can be recalled by name. But they are not the living-dead. There is a difference."
― James W Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
This is a Cemetery
Lives are commemorated - deaths are recorded, families are reunited - memories made tangible - and love is undisguised.
This is a cemetery.
Communities accord respect, families bestow reverence, historians seek information, and our heritage is thereby enriched.
A cemetery is homeland for memorials that are a sustaining source of comfort for the living.
A cemetery is a history of people - a perpetual record of yesterday, and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today.
A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering - always.
City of Brantford, Ontario, Canada Website, Genealogy & Cemeteries
"Researching my combined families has connected me to the larger American family, its history, and our culture. Person by person, family by family, state by state, history comes alive, underpinning the history lessons of school." Credit Reg Contributor 48324227
Thanks to instructor Julie Michutka for posting the following:
"I believe in the named and nameless dead. I believe in the past, not as something completed and forever pinioned to memory, but as accretion of known and unknown lives from whom I came and to whom I am indebted and for whom I am responsible."
Julius Lester, "Writing History," essay, Riverbank Review of Books for Young Readers 1 (Fall 1998), 6–8.
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