Mary Smith Alexander my Great Aunt, daughter of James Fenton Smith and Mary Isabella Watson.
“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”― Thích Nhất Hạnh
"This packrat has learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned, but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved. In the end, it’s the family stories that are worth the storage.” ~Ellen Goodman~
“Without genealogy, the study of history is lifeless." ~ John Fishe~
To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root" ~Old Chinese Saying~“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”~Cicero~