My research has been added to that of many of my ancestors who were kind enough to document their history or were very much involved in America's very early history.
In the Preface to the 1996 Edition of "The Descendants of John Cogswell which can be found in "The Descendants of John Cogswell, The Cogswell Family 1635-1996" I found this quote by Edmund Burke.
"Et Patribus Et Posteritate"
"There be of them that have left a name behind them, that their praises might be reported; And some there be which have no memorial, Who are perished as though they had never been, And are become as though they had never been born, And their children after them". "Those who do not treasure up the memory of their ancestors do not deserve to be remembered by posterity."
The Cogswell Family is only one of many branches in my family tree beginning in America with John Cogswell. His descendent Nathaniel Cogswell along with considerable financial support for the Revolutionary War, also had eight son's all officers in the War and worked closely with George Washington. Two of these sons, from one of which I am descended began the "Son's of Cincinnati".
I, with the help of prior ancestors, have researched my roots back through numerous gateway early American immigrants to William the Conqueror, Charlemagne, the Barons of the Magna Charta, the Plantagenet's, the Merovingian Dynasty, the Kings of Dalraida, the Princes of Kiev, and beyond. I have documentation for all. I have numerous, fascinating letters from some of my early immigrant ancestry, thirty of which are between my fourth great grandfather Thomas Leiper of Philadelphia, PA and Thomas Jefferson. For me, with my enormous love of and respect for history, I continue my research, personal history documentation, as well as photographs and stories covering many generations.
My own Paternal Grandfather after finishing up his segment of the Upham Family Tree had this to say:
"I wondered, as I finished getting this together, of what use it is to us. Not that we may impress others. For with us in the foreground they are not likely to be impressed. And then I realized that these former generations were worth while because of service; service to God and to their country, and to those around them. And we too, will be worth while if we keep that in mind, and live, not just to ourselves, but to be useful for our own generation. Some of us will feel hopeless, perhaps, because we are not brilliant and our opportunities seem few. But who knows? We can't all be brilliant; we will not all have great opportunities, but we can each fill our own places; we can each live up to our own talents and opportunities. No one can do better than that. However, such reasoning should not make us contented with mediocrity. We have not done the best we could. We have not taken full advantage of our opportunities. Perhaps we only have a dim idea of what usefulness is. We have only one life to live." Thomas Francis Janeway Upham 1940. Thank you Grandfather!
I have contributed my tree to Ancestry World Tree and have and up to date tree, always a work in progress however, on Ancestry, which is Public. If any family member should come across my research and information I hope it is of help to those of you doing your own work. If there are any questions you can contact me through Ancestry.com.
Lastly I have found cousins around the globe that I was in the past completely unaware of and am now in contact with! It's a joy!