I lost a grandmother (dad's) and an uncle (mom's brother) before I was born. While my dad's mother has people who've written about her, no one had done so prior to my efforts for my uncle. My uncle Emil lives on because of my efforts to interview people years ago, who are now dead. Personal history is mighty important for future generations so that people know them as people, not just a name or dates.
Thanks for sharing these experiences of ‘putting flesh on bones’ family history. It is very heartwarming and inspiring.
Do not ignore those prompting. People with the answers you need die. Then you have to shift through endless documents trying to locate a piece of information you just could have asked for.
Bones of history fleshed out! Your essay has the flavor of an adventure novel or a movie noir. Congratulations and here’s hoping you find and feel the Spirit of Elijah from your family.
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