Thanks for dropping by my Homepage. I have photographed every gravestone in the Boatright Cemetery. It is located in Madison County, AR between Fayetteville and Huntsville, AR. It is on County road no. 7215, just off of Highway 295. I wanted to post this on the internet, so that many who are not able to come back to the place where their ancestors are buried can view their ancestors gravesite in the Boatright Cemetery. I would like to thank Mr. Jack Drake, without whom this site would not have been possible.(If you would like to visit Jack's Web Site, just click on his name above) Pull up a chair and stay a while, and when your done, be sure to sign my guestbook at the bottom of this page, or drop me an e-mail.
If you would like to go to the Boatright Cemetery Photo page and view the individual gravesites, just Click Here
Why We Do Genealogy
The Story Tellers.... We are the chosen. My feelings are, 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 story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers 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 our selves.
How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family, you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do? It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to acomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.
If you would like to view the Boatright History, just click on the links below.
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