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About Barr-Hughes/Grimes-O'Donnell
" 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.Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but instead breathing life into all who  have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe. All tribes have one.We have been called as  it were , 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. How many graves have I stood before now and wept? 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, somehow,there was love there  for me ? I cannot say, it goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am, and why do I do  the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference  and saying "I cant let this happen. The bones here are my bone and 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 we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses,joy and  grief,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 the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It  goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and  love that our mothers struggled to give us birth. Without them , we could not exist and so, we love  each one, as far back as we can reach 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 they and  they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to  the one called in the next generation, to answer the call, and take my place in the long line of  family story tellers," TOM DUNN
 My own journey into the past began in January 2008 and I have come or gone a long way . I have  already had a few surprises. No doubt there will be more.In the course of my research I have found  many relations I did not know existed and have now made contact with some of them. I need to  acknowledge the contribution made to the expansion of the range of the family information by  Deirdre Barr Kushner in California and her brothers Kevin and Paddy in Ottawa. They provided  photographs which are slowly arriving on the site.My own family in Belfast have given me loads of  help, Information and photographs and I want to thank them all.Further family details have been  provided by Ginette Muldoon, Frank Maginn and Margaret Killyleagh and to them I will be forever  grateful.My Hughes relatives [Uncle John,s children and grandchildren]have also now become involved  and their contribution and interest is much appreciated. Obviously this a time consuming  project and I am slowly adding notes and descriptions to all the photos. If you revisit the site  from time to 
 time you will be able to see exactly who is who. Be patient. I hope all visitors will get some  pleasure 
 and enlightenment from the site. My search continues.THIS IS HOWEVER STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS AND  If any of you visitors can fill any of the 
 gaps or give me some further direction please contact me . You have my e-mail address. Genealogy begins as an interest, becomes a hobby, continues as a vocation, takes over as an  obsession and in it's last stages is an incurable disease.

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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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