BEATITUDES OF A FAMILY GENEALOGIST
by Wilma Mauk,
Blessed are the great-grandfathers
who saved embarkation and citizenship papers,
For they tell whence they came.
Blessed are the great-grandmothers
who hoarded newspaper clippings and old letters,
For these tell the story of their time.
Blessed are all grandfathers who filed every legal document,
For this provides the proof.
Blessed are grandmothers
who preserved family Bibles and diaries,
For this is our heritage.
Blessed are fathers
who elect officials that anser letters of inquiry,
For -- to some -- the only link ot hte past.
Blessed are mothers w
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 we owe to them the family history.
Blessed is any family
whose members strive for the preservation of records,
For theirs is a labor of love.
Blessed are the chidren
who will ne er say,
"Grandma, you have told that old story twice today."