L A McKenzie

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I never thought I needed a bio, since I considered myself a lone wolf in a forest of family trees, but I've met so many kinfolk on my journey, I guess it's time to write one.

My dad's grandparents grew up in the Bayou Meto area (what is part of Jacksonville now for those from other states). His parents raised him in the North Little Rock area, but he would spend his summers in Bayou Meto with kinfolks, running up and down all the roads in that area. When he retired, he and my mother moved "home".

He loved to take us up and down all the roads out there, telling where this one and that one lived. He also walked every cemetery in that area with paper and pen, recording all the names and tying them into notebooks of family trees. He had a notebook for every family there. Unfortunately, all but a few of his notebooks were destroyed.

The loss of his notebooks hurt me so bad for him, but at the time, I did not know how to help him replace all those years of hard work. My parents are gone now, but I have discovered Find-A-Grave and Ancestry. I am hoping that my attempts to replace his notebooks on here will help other branches of my tree find roots that they may have lost, too. We had no children and I had no siblings to leave the notebooks to when I pass, so hopefully this way I can leave each family their own "notebook". I am putting the same effort into my husband's side of the family. This will be our legacy to them, also.

Any photo or story I share is meant to be shared with anyone in that family who chooses to use it in their tree. If I use someone else's photo, I am giving credit to the person who posted that photo and the source where I found it. I just ask that you also give credit to the person who posted it.

I am doing my best to be as accurate and thorough as possible. If I make mistakes, it will not offend me for someone to correct it or point it out to me to correct. I also hope that the people who have set up/manage these memorials will be patient as I add or correct information that I find. I have made my share of mistakes, so I do know how easy it is to hit a wrong button, misread a gravestone, or even get on the wrong line of a document.

I have enjoyed this new way of walking through cemeteries, and hope the trail I leave will help others who come behind me.

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