There is a tradition that each person dies three times.
First, there is the moment in which the body stops functioning.
Second, when the remains are consigned to the grave.
Third, is that moment, sometime in the future, in which no one remembers the person and their name is spoken for the last time. Then that person is really gone.
I believe that genealogists who preserve the memories of persons from their past are preventing that third death. We keep our ancestors and loved ones alive forever by never forgetting that if it were not for them we would not have existed.
My WorldConnect file on the internet at Rootsweb records our line back to William of Rappahannock VA and is the only file of all the descendants of his great-grandson, Thomas Jenkins, who was born in 1774.
It lists most of the first families to settle in, pass through, and the children born in, the Mason Hall community and the many intermarriages among this small group of families in it's earlier days.
Other ancestors, the wife's family around Hornbeak TN, and a few other families in the local area are recorded here. The file contains thousands of individuals who are related in one way or another.