Beatitudes of a Family Genealogist
Blessed are the great-grandfathers, who saved
embarkation and citizenship papers, for they tell
WHEN they came.
Blessed are the great-grandmothers, who hoarded
newspaper clippings and old letters, for they tell
the STORY of their time.
Blessed are the grandfathers, who filled every legal
document, for these provide the PROOF.
Blessed are the grandmothers, who preserved family
Bibles and diaries, for these are our HERITAGE.
Blessed are fathers, who elect officials that answer letters
of inquiry, for--to some--the ONLY LINK to the past.
Blessed are mothers, who relate family TRADITIONS
and LEGENDS to the family, for one of her
children will surely remember.
Blessed are relatives, who fill in family sheets with extra
data, for to them we owe our FAMILY HISTORY.
Blessed is any family, whose members strive for the
PRESERVATION of RECORDS, for this is a
labor of love.
Blessed are the children who will never say,
"Grandma, you told that old story twice today."
-- Wilma Mauk