Our Family History
Welcome family and friends!
This is my blog which tells the history of my family and those of Russell’s family. I hope you find it enlightening and reach the conclusion I have come to, which is that we are who we have made ourselves to be through our thoughts and actions throughout our life, but we are also who we are because of our ancestors’ decisions. It is the stories of our ancestors that are the most fascinating. We know who we are and how we got to where we are today but what led up to our birth? It is this mysterious time before our birth that I hope this blog will open doors to. To reveal more about our history and those we call family. As to why I am delving so passionately into my and Russell’s family history. Well I think it can be summed up in the poem The Story Tellers, excerpts of which I have copied below.
THE STORY TELLERS
We are the chosen. 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 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…
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 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 is 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 genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.
The mysterious origins of this genealogy poem can be read by clicking this link The Storytellers Poem
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