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Re: Honora Kidney in NJ 1860
Posted by: jc (ID *****5058) Date: August 23, 2006 at 14:07:52
In Reply to: Re: Honora Kidney in NJ 1860 by patricia montero of 100

Dear Patricia, I'm so happy that you do appreciate the information! Of course, the information must be verified by you. I love to connect families, as it is my hobby.

In her book "Voices in Your Bloood -- Discovering Identity through Family History" by G. G. Vandagriff, I quote the following which I believe you will appreciate:

"Discovering your heritage is a homecoming in the truest sense. The entity that we call "me" is the most recent chapter in a long line of stories, the stories belonging to those who make up our pedigree. Our ancestors have met life's challenges in their own particular ways and in doing so have bequeathed to each of us a uniquely individual heritage. Part of that heritage contains burdens that are difficult and part of it contains our richest blessings.

We all have a past. Down through the ages there was a love, a love between people of different places, different tongues, and different times. That love ultimately created the person that is you. Every name on your pedigree tells a different story. You have thousands of stories in you. Though I have never known these people, I am a part of their posterity, and they have left a rich inheritance for me.

Lastly, perhaps the most important thing that happens to us when we claim our lost heritage is that we gain a unique perspective; we begin to understand what it is to be human, what it is to live a live where we learn from experiences -- grief, sorrow, pain, joy, success, pride and triumph. Entering into our ancestors' emotions, by proxy as it were, we grow in charity and self-knowledge and lessen in fear."

.... Isn't that wonderful!

Warm regards,

Jane Curci


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