Family History


Our members have a great love for the history of the North Central West Virginia area and their heritage. Our ancestors were pioneers and settlers and endured hardships from the rugged - and beautiful - terrain of the area. They were soldiers in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Knowing more about them teaches us much about ourselves. Many have migrated to other places, but still share a curiosity and fascination to know more about roots in the area.

 Who these people were - how are they related - what were their stories?

Thank you for your patience as we develop these pages in new and accessible ways. We hope you will find them worth the wait!

These pages represent just a fraction of what is in our library, but we are striving to make more available online as time permits. Enjoy these, check back often for updates, and plan to discover more by making a trip to our Library when it is able to reopen. You can also contact us at hackerscreek.org or (304) 269-7091 to inquire about your family records.


Storytellers

We are the storytellers - called by our ancestors.

In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors.

To put flesh on their bones and make them live again.

To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.


Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. 

We are the storytellers of the tribe. All tribes have one.

We have been called, as it were, by our genes. 

Those who have gone before cry out to us, "Tell our story!" 

So we do.


In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.


It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish, how they contributed to what we are today. 

It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.


With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are - so as a scribe called I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of storytellers.


That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory - or greet those we had never known before.


~Author unknown (but who speaks for genealogists everywhere)


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