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I, Myrna Kay Shirley Lauderdale, have been doing research since 1971. I have searched private cemeteries, crawled around on my hands and knees looking at rocks used for headstones, some with inscriptions that had to be scrubbed to bring out the name or date that might have been on it. Some of these places were in Tennessee where wild bears roam. I have done research at Libraries and Funeral Homes in different parts of the U.S. I have visited also the Cherokee Indian Res., in North Carolina, for my Indian heredity. I visited the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and did research while there with help from many hard working people that took their valubable time to help us.( my husband Don Lauderdale and myself.) After nearly forty years my eyes are weak and dull, I can't read the script's as well as i once did, but My Husband and I still have our memories of much research. We have aquaired much valubable information in days gone by, now our bones hurt and ace but it's a good feeling knowing all our efferts were not waisted. We have been especially thankful for: "all the genealogy programs" that have been made available, It's the stepping stones for those that have a quest to find their roots, All the volinteers that devoted their time and effort to reach out with a helping hand, My husband and I are forever Grateful, Thank you all from the bottom of our heart.