You Just Might Be A Genealogist If:
Stories and Poems Donated about Genealogy
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|Grandma and the Family Tree
||You Know you are a genealogy addict when...||Genealogy is my pastime....||Dear Ancestor|
|The Story Tellers.....||Murphy's Law of Genealogy||The Family Tree
||Roots of America
This Poem is my favorite Genealogy Poem by far. I'm not a Grandma, but this poem describes me to a T !
this Poem was contributed by Gwen Edmonds
GRANDMA AND THE FAMILY TREE
THE ADVERTISER NEWS, Wednesday, June 10, 1998, Page 6A:
"Meet Your Ancestors", by Dr. Betty Drake.
You Know you are a genealogy addict when...
contributed by Ashley Madaris
contributed by: Tammy Tinney Caine
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 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 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 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.
( Unknown Author )
Contributed by: Gene Alexander
MURPHY'S LAW OF GENEALOGY
1. The public ceremony in which your distinguished ancestor participated and at which the platform collapsed under him turned out to be his hanging.
2. When at last after much hard work you have evolved the mystery that you have been working on for two years, your aunt says, "I could have told you that."
3. You search ten years for your grandmother's maiden name to eventually find it on a letter in a box in the attic.
4. You never asked your father about his family when he was alive because you weren't interested in genealogy then.
5. The will you need is in the safe on board the Titanic.
6. Copies of old newspapers have holes occurring only on the surnames.
7. John, son of Thomas the immigrant whom your relatives claim as the family progenitor, died on board ship at the age of 10.
8. Your great grandfather's newspaper obituary states that he died leaving no issue of record.
9. Another genealogists has just insulted the keeper of the vital records you need.
10. The relative who had all the family photographs gave them all to her daughter who has no interest in genealogy and no inclination to share.
11. The only record you find for your great grandfather is that his property was sold at a sheriff's sale of insolvency.
12. The one document that would supply the missing link in your dead end line has been lost due to fire, flood, or war.
13. The town clerk to whom you wrote for the information sends you a long handwritten letter which is totally illegible.
14. The spelling of your European ancestor's name bears no relationship to its current spelling or pronunciation.
15. None of the pictures in your recently deceased grandmother's photo album have names written on them.
16. No one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, owned property, was sued or was na med in a will.
17. You learn that your great aunt's executor just sold her life's collection of family genealogical materials to a flea market dealer "Somewhere in New York City."
18. Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate inversely proportional to the value of the data recorded.
19. The 37 volume, 16,000 page history of your county of origin isn't indexed.
20. You finally find your great grandparents' wedding record and discover that the bride's father was named John Smith.
Contributed by Barbara Baines
THE FAMILY TREE
By Nancy Funkhouser
There is a tree in the
forest of man,
nurtured by Gods perfect love,
and it is standing so stately and tall
reaching for heaven above.
It’s roots are planted
so deeply in faith,
that is the reason it thrives,
and it will withstand the storms of this life,
and it will always survive.
leaves die and fall by the way,
sometimes a whole branch will die.
but then a new branch will sprout from the base
And leaves form as time passes by.
Nearby a pitiful sight
can be seen,
another tree withered and died.
It’s roots were implanted so deeply in sin
that it could never survive.
God’s love and faith
could have nurtured that tree
He would have healed it and then.
It’s stunted limbs could have reached for the sky
It could have survived any wind.
ROOTS OF AMERICA
by Nancy Funkhouser Davis
will lie there and rot,
but we can preserve them believe it or not.
Here on these pages I think you will see.
you might find the roots of your own family tree.
sacrificed, suffered and died,
now it's up to us to keep that past alive.
A past that's forgotten can never be shared,
but here on these pages the people who cared,
through records, unfolded the story,
of our Independence, the birth of Old Glory
The move to push westward was urgent and strong,
A war that was fought to prove slavery was wrong.
America the Beautiful,
home of the brave,
that is a memory we have to save!!
Trusting in God is the way we survive,
God save America, keep her alive!!
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