About Yesterday's Mysteries

Robert is a veteran/ retired member of the US Military with over 23 years of service. Robert was a member of the US Army, several components of the National Guard and the Air Force Reserve.
Robert has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College.
Additionaly, Robert retired after 29 years of Law Enforcement including; 15 years as a beat cop, managing a mid sized police department Information Technology Department (For a city of approximately 90,000 residents in Eastern Massachusetts) , implementing "outside the box" technologies; being a leader in the fields of license plate reader technology and mobile data resource sharing. Robert has extensive experience in leading small to large teams. Robert has managed many projects both great and small and now he wants to work for you! 
Since 2004. Family research, family tree building, military (civil war) reasearch, personal family records and photo digital preservation (CD, DVD, Digital Photo Books or Albums, VHS to DVD, Web Sites including digital off-site data backups) and locating the graves of the deceased are just a few of the projects I've done recently.
Heir Searching - Stubborn Relatives! I do it all! 
Reasonable Rates. 
I am a Massachusetts and US Army/ Air Force Military Veteran, Small Business Owner.  
Contact Yesterday's Mysteries below:
Yesterday's Mysteries
Box 51
Nutting Lake MA 01865    
Phone: (978) 600-8103 
Fax: (815) 550-1229
Google Chat: Same as email
Skype: robert_ankenbauer 

Why I Do What I Do!

Excerpt from the Wayne County Indiana Genealogical Society's  Family Pathways Newsletter, Volume XVII, No. 1, Spring 2007

We Are Chosen

We are the chosen.  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 fell 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.  How many graves have I stood before now and cried?  I have lost count.  How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us."  How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me?  I cannot say.  It goes beyond just documenting facts.  It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do.  It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen.  The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh.  It goes to doing something about it.  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.  It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation.  It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.

It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach.  That we might be born who we are.  That we might remember them.  So we do.

With love and caring and scribbling 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 family 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 whom we had never known before.

(Unknown Author)


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