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|A man finds room in a few square inches of his face for the traits of all his
ancestors and for the expression of all his history. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
|We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one
of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes
My feelings are, that in each family, one is called to find the ancestors,
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again - to tell the family story.
To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead,
Breathing life into all who have gone before.
We are the storytellers of the tribe.
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.
And, in finding them, we somehow find ourselves.
It goes beyond just documenting facts.
It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do.
It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to indifference
And saying I can't let this happen.
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 up,
Their resoluteness to go on and build lives for their families.
It goes to an understanding that they were doing it for the future - 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 scribes called, we tell the story of our families.
It will be up to the ones called in the next generation to answer the call
And take their places in the long line of family storytellers.
-- Author Unknown
|Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
|Our history begins before we are born, because our ancestors live in us.
-- James Nasmyth
|We must strive to become good ancestors. -- Ralph Nader
|In all of us there is a hunger to know our heritage - to know who we are and where
we came from. Without this enriching knowledge - no matter what our attainments
in life - there is an emptiness and a most disquieting loneliness. -- Alex Haley