Every FAMILY has a story. . . . WELCOME to OURS. I am the baby of 11 children. My Father was married before my Mother and had 5 children, then he married my Mother and had 6 more children with her and adopted one. All together was 12 children. I was the baby of both marriages. My Father told me many times "It was LOVE and first site" when he first saw my Mom. There was always something going on in our home. My parents filled our home with LOVE-we didn't have money but there was LOVE! My Father was 17 years older than my Mother so I grew up watching Western Movies & Western TV Shows, The Andy Griffith Show, Hee Haw, and watching The Grand Ole Opry Show. I was and will always be "My Daddy's Little Girl!" My Mother would be listening to Elvis or watching Elvis movies on TV, canning, and cooking. There was an age difference but they equaled each other out. On top of the 7 kids they raised together they even raised other people's children that didn't belong to them because it was not only the right thing to do but it was the ONLY thing to do. He loved his family dearly and always made them a priority. Family & Church he would say. My Father would tell stories of the Old Luke's and the old days while I listened to him. I get my side of loving nature and music from my Daddy and my love of FAMILY and Genealogy from my Mom's side. They taught me God comes first, and then Family. My Parents raised us well with what money they had and it wasn't a lot but I am very PROUD to say I am Constant Luke's Granddaughter, Lonnie Constant Luke's Daughter, and Kevin Luke's Baby Sister- Rest In Peace My Amazing Beautiful Family! I AM STANDING ON SHOULDERS OF GIANTS!!!!
Lord, help me dig into the past and sift the sands of time. I might find the roots that made this family tree of mine. Lord, help me trace the ancient roads on which my father's trod and led them through so many lands to find our present sod. Lord, help me find an ancient book or dusty manuscript-that's safely hidden now away in some forgotten crypt. Lord, let it bridge the gap that haunts my soul when I can't find-the missing link between some name that ends the same as mine.
I am the chosen. In each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family stories, 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 before. I am the storyteller of this Luke Tribe.
The Genealogists Psalm: Genealogy is my pastime, I shall not stray. It Maketh me lie down and examine half-buried tombstones. It Leadeth me into still courthouses. It Restoreth my ancestral knowledge. It Leadeth me in paths of census records and ship's passenger lists for my surname's sake. Yea, though I walk through the shadows of research libraries and microfilm readers. I Shall Fear No Discourgement. For a strong urge is within me. The curiosity and motivation they Comforteth me. It Annointeht my head with burning mid-night oil. My family group sheets runneth over. Surely birth, marriage, and death dates Shall Follow Me All The Days Of My Life, And I Shall Dwell In The House Of A FAMILY.
LUKE FAMILY CREED:
LOVE OF GOD.
LOVE OF FAMILY.
LOVE OF OTHERS.
LOVE OF COUNTRY.
SPEAK THE TRUTH.
When my soul is restless
When things seem out of line
I'll visit an old graveyard
To take a mystical step back in time.
I find the oldest tombstones
Then read the messages there
I consider what their days had been
And how our lives in ways compare.
We all have lived though pain and heartaches
As well as episodes of fun
Surviving terrible loss of our special loved ones
And then being rewarded for a job well done.
Sometimes if I'm very still
I can hear what they have to say
And feel them reaching out to me
Grateful for my momentary stay.
Since I have been on FindAGrave I have learned some memorials are manage by people that are more into "Control & Numbers" then into the memorial and the person that crossed over and passed away. On their bio information they claim not to be rude but they are. They claim not to be just into numbers but they are and they don't respond to edits. ITS ALL ABOUT CONTROL.
I understand they might have set up the memorial in the beginning but keep in mind if we all were retired and did nothing other than walk cemeteries, sit behind a computer read an obituary and checked to see if a person wasn't set up then set them up, then no one would actually hold down a job and get their bills paid and everyone's numbers would be very large.
Every memorial I manage means something to me and they are not just another number. It saddens me to know that my family members that are blood related to me and it doesn't matter how far back are managed by a non family member that just wants CONTROL. Yes, you might have set them up and did a good deed but transfer it to someone that WOULD LOVE, VALUE, AND TREASURE IT. The memorial is not just a number to them.
If you find yourself in that position please report them to FindAGrave. If enough of us report the abuse then FindAGrave would do something about them.