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Why Trace Family History?
This will be written for the generations to come,
That a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.
Psalm 102;18

My interest in Family History first began in 1984. My mother being very ill with cancer and not having long to live shared with me a little book, written in 1920 by Winnifred Joy Mannering Bradford to her daughter, Florence. In it she shared her hope that she would love God and live for Him all of her days. This same faith my grandmother shared with me when I was a young child and I am forever grateful to God in His Grace giving me such a Faith in Him , He using the testimony of this Grace through earlier generations to influence the latter generation. It is said that history is "HIS STORY" and so it is. I glory in seeing His Sovereign Hand working its rich Tapestry of Grace through generation after generation. These generations were living souls whom God gave life to ,directed their existance from conception through death lavishing His Grace upon them . It says in John 3:16 that God so loved them that He gave His only begotten Son, and whoseover believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. These people are more than a name , place and date. They had family that they loved, lived life with, prayed , .laughed , cried with and grieved for. They had happiness ,fears, disease , death of their children more than we know, endured wars and uncertainty, moving across country to have the opportunity to live life and enjoy God in freedom, some left parents and siblings across the Atlantic Ocean to have this great opportunity. Many were farmers, some were coal miners, factory workers, shipbuilders, blacksmiths, carpenters, nurses, physicians, lawyers, and preachers. Many were English Protestants, others German and Irish Catholics, They were Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians. They emigrated from England, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Holland, and France, They lived in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois. All were decendants of Adam and dead in their sins, some were redeemed souls. Each life affected another's life either by sin or grace. If they knew God's Grace through Jesus Christ and lived for His glory, God's Truth was passed on to the next generation. So each generation affecting the next either for evil or for good.I think this research has deepened my understanding that in a very short time such as 3 or 4 generations, earlier generations are lost to the present ones. We truly are but "dust and our days are like a lengthened shadow , our days are like grass: as a flower of the field , so he flourishes, when the wind has passed over it, it is no more and his place knows him no more. " If believers, the only thing that we leave behind is a legacy of God's faithful work of Grace to our offspring and if doubly blessed to our children's children and to childrens', children's children!"This I say 'O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days, Yet Your years are thoughout all generations, of old you founded the earth,and the heavens are the work of Your hands. All of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing you will change them and they are changed, but You are the same and your years will not come to an end. The children of your servants will continue, and their decendants will be established before You. To the Praise of the glory of HIS GRACE! Carol
Ancestral Heritage of Clifford and Carol Fleck
Updated September 30, 2008

Carol L Coles Fleck

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