Purpose Reaffirmed Leaving A Legacy
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I have attempted to clarify the purpose of this newsletter in past writings. Let me state my purpose once again. Most of us are interested in knowing who we are and where our roots are. I have learned the answers to many of the "who am I, where did I come from" questions from my parents, grandparents, and other relatives. The bulk of that information was handed down in the oral tradition. It is my desire to provide, through this journal of thoughts and experiences, a window into which subsequent descendants may view the daily lives of their ancestors. If, through this window, my descendants gain a better understanding into who they are and from whence they came, I will have accomplished my purpose. 8/22/1998
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