THE STORY TELLERS
We are the chosen.
My feelings are that in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make then live again, to tell the family story and to feel that they some how 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 if by our genes. Those who have gone before call out to us. Tell our story. And so we do. In finding them we some how find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before 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 some how there was love there for me? I can not say.
It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am and why 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 are bone of my bone, 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 they 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’s up to that one called in the next generation to answer that call, and take their place in the long line as 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.
Jonathan & Hannah Edwards farm in Pennsylvania
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Upcoming 2013 Reunion
EDWARDS FAMILY REUNION
Saturday, August 10, 2013 11:00 - 3:00
At the Edwards Family Centennial Farm on Stringtown Road, Dayton, Oregon.
Potluck dinner, bring your favorite dishes and desserts. There will also be hamburgers and hot dogs. Bring photos, family history and stories. Pass the word to the whole family!