|Palser Shaver,Balser Shaver, Shaffer,Shaver, Rockingham County, Virginia, Lancaster,pennsylvania|
| PALSER SHAVER
BROCKS GAP, VIRGINIA
|Palser Shaver, Rockingham County, Virginia|
|The Germans delighted in going into elaborate description in adopting surnames. As a result, occupative surnames were more numerous in Germany than in England. In the everyday life of the German, the simplest of trades or occupations were of utmost importance. The meaning of Shafer was one who tended sheep, or a shepherd.
Shaver is the anglicized form of Schaeffer, adapted by Palser as he migrated into Virginia.
Some 30,000 emigrants, primarily from the Rhenish or Lower Palantate arrived in London in 1709. Dissatisfied with their lot and attracted by the advertising of the colonial provinces, they headed for America, many settling in Philadelphia. Numerous Schaffers are listed among these Palatine immigrants.
(From "What's in Your Name?" by Charles Guarino Tulsa Daily World, July 16 1972)
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|We Are the Chosen
My feelings are in each family we are 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.
To me, 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.
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 times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family, you
would be proud of us?
It goes beyond just documenting facts.
It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do?
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 they fought to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.
That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them.
So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence,
Because we are them and they are us.
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 their place in the long line of family storytellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy,
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