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REMEMBERING THOSE BEFORE US . . .

 My Family Tree consists of the countries
Poland, Italy, England, Quebec, and Germany.  The primary
states of research have been Illinois, Minnesota and Utah.

This research has brought such great pleasure for me to be able to
honor my ancestors and the lives they led. I wish to thank all of my fellow researchers and distant cousins who have unselfishly shared their findings, photos and documents with me.  I have much more information than what is posted here.  Please contact me for additional photos, family stories and documents if you see a family connection!

Patty0802 (at) aol.com

There are no living persons listed due to privacy
Let me know of any additions, corrections, or comments. I can vouch for the authenticity
of my own research, but not for that of other researchers, who have shared their data
with me.
 

 


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Created Nov 2014

 

WHY I 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 ourselves.   How many graves have I stood  before  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 accomplish.   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.

( Unknown Author )