This morning I found out that I could get a badge for being a blogger. I'm not a badge, um, whore, but I've had this genealogy blog since I started seriously digging for family. That means something to me. It means a lot. So I applied to be put on the bloggers list at WikiTree and then read some of the blogs of other WikiTree'ers. I am not worthy. If I could take back my request to be added, I would. But something wonderful came from it because I went back and read the earliest days of this blog and realized just how far I've come.
Back in 2008 I was still searching for John M Lemon, the brother of my great grandfather. I found him. And his wives. And two sons. And his grandchildren. And when he died. So in the future I can order a copy of his death certificate and find out where he's buried. When I do, I will have documented each of Isaac B Lemon's sibling's final resting place. Except for one. William Lemon will always be a mystery to me. He doesn't seem to have come down into Michigan with the rest of Isaac M and Ann Hepzibah Tiffin Lemon's children. If he did, I can't find him. Every lead I've ever found ran into a dead end. Did he die in Canada? Did he stay in Canada?
I found every one of Mary Ann Lemon Mason's children. And their spouses. And her grandchildren. And I even received in the mail one of my most precious genealogical pictures; one of Mary Ann at about the age of 50 or 60. Her hair is white, her eyes are clear and piercing, and she looks like what she was; a survivor.
So I am celebrating dreams realized; I have found so much. I have gained so much. I'm so happy today that words can't describe it. I am rejoicing in the knowledge that all of these people are a part of me, that I am a part of them. That I know they were born, they married, they had families, they lived their lives and then moved on to whatever comes next and they are remembered.