My Tangled Roots

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About My Tangled Roots
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We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put 
on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they 
and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into 
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 times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you 
be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love 
for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I 
do the 
things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference 
saying, "I can't let this happen." The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. 
goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to 
how they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, 
never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It 
to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a 
and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that 
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. 
love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the 
of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one 
called in 
the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family 
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

A lot of thanks goes out to my daughter Angie Artis / Drake who has been a great helper 
the years, also thanks to Cristy Sheehan who has provided me with picture's and information on 
Meginness side who traveled across the midwest states & settled on the West Coast.
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Getting Around
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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