Genealogy is not of universal appeal, but I am attracted to it.  I received this about genealogy and was impressed that it recognized that genealogist are a special breed.

“The Story Tellers….. We are the chosen. My feelings are 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 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 and saying I can’t let this happen. The bones here are 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 and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. (For we without them cannot be made perfect.) 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 storytellers. 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.”

(Unknown Author)

My Genealogy:

The Lester Family of Deep Creek Boulevard,” by Jerry C. Lester (on, also on RootsWeb

The Lester Family of Deep Creek Boulevard,” by Jerry C. Lester (on, also on RootsWeb

The Lester Family of Floyd County and Montgomery County” by Marguerite Tise (on, also on RootsWeb

The John Lester cemetery, 1825 (on RootsWeb), also on

Jerry Lester data on Roots Web-World Connect Project—Entire data file, including Turney

Jerry and Bettie Turney Lester Genealogy in a pedigree format—very complete, with pictures

A Reminisce With Marguerite Tise – Voice recording segments from the trip through the area of Little River in late Summer 1997.

James Curtis Lester Navy Photo Album – 1932 -1938

Isa Ellen Lester Memoirs, 1896-1980 – Very interesting account of life at the turn of the 20th Century and the workings of a farming  family.

Jerry Lester (me) in a YouTube at the Cemetery. This is a good view of the cemetery and it includes annotations.

More information about the Cemetery and the Virginia Lesters.

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