- Blessed are the great-grandfathers who saved embarkation and
citizenship papers, for they tell when 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 provided the proof.
- Blessed are the grandmothers who preserved family Bibles and
diaries, for this is our heritage.
- Blessed are the fathers who elected officials that answer letters
of inquiry, for this is our heritage. To some they are the only link to
- Blessed are mothers who relate family tradition and legend to
the family, for one of their children will surely remember.
- Blessed are relatives who fill in family sheets with extra data,
for to them we owe the family history.
- Blessed in any family whose members strive for the preservation
of records, for theirs is a labor of love.
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