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Shanifaye
post Jun 10 2008, 06:41 AM
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This went out on the roots mailing list yesterday....and its so great I wanted to share it with those who may not have seen it so I asked Connie for permission and she very generously is allowing it to be shared.

I think it expresses what a lot of us would say about our own research.



Today I visited yesterday as I walked among the stones
of people I have grown to love, yet I have never known.
I only see their names, and the dates they lived and died,
But when I think about them I get a feeling deep inside.
The feelings are of love, compassion and affection,
I think about their lives and feel a definite connection.
Do you think they ever thought of us, their descendancy?
And that we'd be barking up that old family tree?
I climbed up that family tree, was it worth the time?
But I'd heard stories and tales, and felt welcomed among the vines.
I wonder if they know me, and how I long to be
A part of their great family for all eternity.
Their lives were given freely, so we could prosper on-
They worked to make a life for us on earth and far beyond.
They said yes to sacrifice, hard work and integrity
They paved the way here in this life for their posterity.
I long to know these grandparents who lived so long ago,
These aunts, uncles & cousins-the time seems to go so slow.
Their lives have given meaning to my heart and mind,

They're with me in my memories, and we will meet in time.
I will continue searching through old films and dusty books

That I may find each child, no matter where I look.

Constance Joy Christopherson Barnum
(reprinted here with permission from Connie)
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boone
post Jun 10 2008, 08:18 AM
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Thank you for expressing in this poem what many, if not, most of us feel while doing our research. It is a unique feeling indeed to walk across hallowed ground and know we are standing so near to those that lived before us, had lives of their own, and because of them, we now exist at all. To these ancestors we owe much. We owe it to them to get the record straight and accept nothing short of our best effort in recording the story of their lives.
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genebug
post Jun 10 2008, 10:30 AM
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I'm thrilled that so many people are enjoying the poem. The words kept waking me up at night, so I finally got up and wrote them down. I don't consider myself a writer or poetess. Thanks for stroking my ego. smile.gif
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Shanifaye
post Jun 10 2008, 10:40 AM
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I know what you mean!! lots of times that happens to me (at times like 2 am no less lol)

I think you truly captured what a lot less "wordy" people would want to say smile.gif

and welcome to AC!!!
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Mary Ann
post Jun 10 2008, 02:38 PM
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Kintner, Rogers




Thank you for sharing this poem. It really speaks to why we do what we do. It's beautiful!

Mary Ann


QUOTE(Shanifaye @ Jun 10 2008, 07:41 AM) *
This went out on the roots mailing list yesterday....and its so great I wanted to share it with those who may not have seen it so I asked Connie for permission and she very generously is allowing it to be shared.

I think it expresses what a lot of us would say about our own research.



Today I visited yesterday as I walked among the stones
of people I have grown to love, yet I have never known.
I only see their names, and the dates they lived and died,
But when I think about them I get a feeling deep inside.
The feelings are of love, compassion and affection,
I think about their lives and feel a definite connection.
Do you think they ever thought of us, their descendancy?
And that we'd be barking up that old family tree?
I climbed up that family tree, was it worth the time?
But I'd heard stories and tales, and felt welcomed among the vines.
I wonder if they know me, and how I long to be
A part of their great family for all eternity.
Their lives were given freely, so we could prosper on-
They worked to make a life for us on earth and far beyond.
They said yes to sacrifice, hard work and integrity
They paved the way here in this life for their posterity.
I long to know these grandparents who lived so long ago,
These aunts, uncles & cousins-the time seems to go so slow.
Their lives have given meaning to my heart and mind,

They're with me in my memories, and we will meet in time.
I will continue searching through old films and dusty books

That I may find each child, no matter where I look.

Constance Joy Christopherson Barnum
(reprinted here with permission from Connie)

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donnac91
post Jun 11 2008, 09:05 AM
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I love your poem, Connie. I had a similiar experience last year when I went to Ponca City to do research. I had just rec'd & read the widow's pension records and my heart went out to my ggg-grandmother. The poor lady had a heck of a time. Her first husband died the month after her daughter was born due to injuries sustained from the war and then her second husband ups and leaves her at a barn dance with another mans wife. (I still haven't found where he went to or when he died. He unfortunately was the brother to the first husband so I should care, but ....)
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