|About Taming The Tree
Welcome to Taming the Tree. This site represents a never ending quest to find all the leaves,
branches, roots, and dirt of my family tree. It is constantly updated with new information. Some
mistakes may also be corrected as time goes by. So, check back as things will constantly be
changing. I welcome all contributions and feedback on these pages. During your visit, please,
sign my guest book; and, let me know what you think of everything.
The site also has contributors other than myself. I have been blessed enough to have found some
long lost 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cousins who will also be contributing to these pages from time to time;
and, I hope to find more. I am really looking forward to this joint effort; and to re-connecting
The Story Tellers
We are the chosen. My feelings are that 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. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts,
but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the
Story Tellers 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 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 can't let this happen. The bones here are
the bones of 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, 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 they fought to make and keep us a nation. It goes
to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us; that we might
be born who we are; that we might remember them. So we do; with love and caring,
scribing each fact of their existence; because we are them and they are us. 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 their place in the long line
of family story tellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those, young and
old, to step up and put flesh on the bones.
MORE TAMING THE TREE.......
I am beginning to add a new section which will be the recreation of a website
I once had entitled "More Taming the Tree." It is going to take a while to create
it once again. Today there are just 61 pages in the "Stories" section, under "People"
at the top of the page. This will be complete with any documents or pictures that
I have. To see the full sized images, one must click on the thumbnails that appear
on each story page. Please check under the "Stories" section of the site for this
Please remember that genealogy is an on-going adventure; and one is never done with
their family tree. There are errors sometimes made in the process. This is why I
constantly try to obtain copies of original documents. It is also why I update this
site constantly and at the beginning of every month; making any changes and adding new
Don't forget to check out the albums under the Photos Section, too. Pictures
are being added daily. Today, one hundred forty-four albums are available. This number
will be growing steadily. Each album will have a theme such as cemetery
tombstones, old homesteads, family, and tales of old. Please be sure to
click on the small pictures so you will see the larger version complete with
notes and stories.
All content here is meant to be shared for the enjoyment of others only.