….. To my own “grands” and great-grands ~ no longer on this earthly plane, but whose presence lingers ~ particularly on those lazy afternoons when I heed the “itch” to go trolling through the family cedar chest….
Beatitudes of a Family Genealogist
Blessed are the great-grandfathers who saved embarkation and citizenship papers for these tell WHEN they came …
Blessed are the great-grandmothers who hoarded newspaper clippings and old letters for they tell the STORY of time
Blessed are the grandfathers who filed every legal document for these provided PROOF
Blessed are the grandmothers who preserved family Bibles and diaries for these are our HERITAGE …
Blessed are the fathers who elect officials who answer letters of inquiry … for some, the only LINK to the past ..
Blessed are the mothers who related family TRADITIONS and LEGENDS to the family … for one of her children will surely remember ..
Blessed are relatives who fill in family sheets with extra details for to them, we owe FAMILY HISTORY ..
Blessed is any family whose members strive for the PRESERVATION OF RECORDS, for this is a labor of love.
-- Wilma Mauk