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          We are 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 story and to feel that
somehow they know and approve. 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 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 I am 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.

In Memoriam

View tribute to my sister

Barbara Wickliff Newman

1937-2000


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     My name is Patricia O'Connor, I have been engaged in family research for a number of years. As everyone knows,you can go for ages without a breakthrough, then suddenly, everything falls into place. This happened just a few years ago when we found the family name of a grandmother, known only a 'a German girl named Matilda', was Corderman.  This led us to our entire Palatine families.  Hopefully we can provide a breakthrough for you, or you can provide one for us. We are actively researching the following names:

ANSPACH, BATDORF, BROWNING, CAIN, CHAPMAN, CHESHIRE,

COLESCOTT, CORDERMAN/KATTERMANN/KAUTERMAN, FRED,

MARKEE/MARKEY, REUTENAUER/REITENOUR/RIDENOUR,

ROBINETTE,  SEXTON, SPRADLING, WILMOUTH

There are many different ways of spelling these names.  One cousin has found thirty-two different ways of spelling Cheshire.  Another reports eighty-four different spellings for Wilmouth.

There are many other names connected with these lines. To mention a few:

Abel, Arnett, Barnet, Barron, Bishop, Buckingham, Carico, Cooper, Forcum, Gardner, Gillis, Helmer, Hubbard, Loane, Markee, McDonald, McKenzie, Morgan, Morris, Pryor, Rainbolt, Rigdon, Robinette, Smith and Wickliffe.

My thanks to everyone who has helped me through the years.  Please, remember, these files are still in development, so feel free to notify me if you find any errors. A question mark in between first and last name means parental relationship is not proven. Please verify all information!!!  We are always happy to find cousins, so email me for notes and sources.

Some of my favorite sites:                                                                                Other Information

Here is a most wonderful site.  If you had relatives in early New York, there are hundreds of names on here from the 1600's into the 1700's.  The Kocherthal papers, Hunter's List and many other early American papers from New York are here.                

Fort Klock Historic Restoration

Indiana State Library, Pre 1850 Marriages                                Family Links

Illinois State Archives, Marriages                                               Bill of Rights

Census Online                                                                               Declaration of Independence

1850 Highland Twp., Franklin Co., IN. Census                           Constitution

Cyndi's List                                                                                   Mayflower Compact            

BLM Land Records

USGS Mapping Information

Contact me:   p-oconnor@att.net

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