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Story Tellers

Story Tellers
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2001 and Revised 16 Jul 2001

We found the following article on the Internet called "The Story Tellers" by an unknown author. We have modified it slightly. We think you will like it and perhaps recognize yourself, or someone else.

    All tribes have a story teller. So also 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. Genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before.

    In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I 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 bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. 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 and 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 with love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.

    So we tell the story of our families. 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 story tellers.

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