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About The History of the Doane's Shedd's and Ward's
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 We are the chosen.

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 cried?  I have lost count.  How many time 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 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."  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 buld a life for their family.

It goes to a 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 storytellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to  step up and restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.

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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.

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