Submitted by: Bud Caudle

The Story Tellers..... 

  We are the chosen. My feelings are in each family 
there is at least 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 

  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 

  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

  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 

  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 ) 

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