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Richards - Peck /Young - McWilliams Family History

Updated February 19, 2006

About Our Family Research


"Kindness is the only service that will stand the
storm of life and not wash out. It will wear well
and be remembered long after the prism of politeness
or the complexion of courtesy has faded away. When I
am gone, I hope it can be said of me that I plucked
a thistle and planted a flower wherever I thought a
flower would grow."
Anon.

My thanks go out to all the story tellers who have come before me. The following pages are a continuing work in progress.

Laura Sheeley-Sorensen
February 20, 2006



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 now and cried? I have lost count. How may 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 canít let this happen. The bones here are bones my bones 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, the 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.

Author: Tom Dunn





 
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