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“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

Arnold Lee McRa- new tree branch found

Posted by TonyaKeittKalule

Last week I received an email from a cousin I did not know that I had. Darrick and his family went to Georgia to visit the old family stomping ground and decided to visit the family cemetry. While there they saw this guy blowing off the headstones and grave stones, and that turned out to be his cousin Al, that he had not seen for almost 20 years. They all decided to get together and catch up and Darrick was told about me and my research of the family history.

He was forwarded my email address along with my blogs and website. He then emailed me after he finished viewing my sites, telling me that he was quite excited because we had so much in common. Darrick is a image editor for a well known photojournalist magazine, and that is one of the things that excited me; we had some things in common.

We emailed back and forth for the rest of the week and got the chance to speak on the phone on Friday, and we talked for quite some time. It felt as though we had known each other most of our lives.

Darrick is also a descendant of Matilda and Mose McRae. His great grandfather is their son Milbern. I found some other descendants of Milbern last year, but knew nothing about Milbern's son Arnold Lee, and that is what Darrick is able to complete for me. That alone is extremely exciting.
There is still so much more work to be done, but the pieces to this puzzle are slowly coming together. There are still a great deal of descendants of Mose and Matilda to find, but the research to find out more about the siblings and parents of Mose and Matilda is still a daunting task.

That is where the hardest research will be done. It is mostly because this information, at least most of it will be before the 1870 Census.
This is definitely a life-long project that I have decided to see through. I must say it is well worth the effort.


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