Becoming a Great Ancestor

Becoming a Great Ancestor

The image here of my family is now ten years old. I had no idea when we took this picture that it would come to represent the end of an era for my family. The picture was taken the day our eldest daughter left for her mission. Sandy and I were 45 years old. In the ten years since life has dramatically changed for us all. We should have better anticipated that. But if you had asked me then to predict what ten years would bring in the lives of everyone in that picture I would have never been ableClick to continue…

A Vote for Us

A Vote for Us

I have entered a video in the 2019 Rootstech Film Fest. Having made it to the semi-finalist level we have two weeks to showcase the video and get folks to vote for it. You can do that by going to this link. Normally I would just embed the video here for viewing. But I need you to click on the link, watch the video and vote for it from that page. The contest is themed “Connect. Belong.” Each entry should reflect what that means to its creator. Each video has to meet certain criteria and is judged at several levels,Click to continue…

The Voice of Arnold Westover

The Voice of Arnold Westover

Several weeks ago Kevin Cook shared a real gem on FamilySearch: a voice recording of Arnold Westover. I am not certain how old the recording is or exactly when it was made. But in the 19 minute clip below you can hear Grandpa Arnold talk of family history, including small bits of information about his parents and grandparents. This clip is exactly as it was shared on FamilySearch save some minor editing done to reduce the noise level and improve the audio quality. While there is not any information in this audio clip that we do not know — inClick to continue…

A Vision for Rootstech

A Vision for Rootstech

Is anyone out there going to Rootstech this year? Rootstech is the world’s largest convention dedicated to family history. From all over the world people gather to learn more about family history research and to connected with resources, vendors and experts related to geneaology. It is held every winter in Salt Lake City, Utah and now another event is planned for the fall of 2019 in London. Rootstech is not cheap. It costs about $200 for entry to the four day event, although it is quite easy to score free tickets for the usual Family Discovery Day offered on theClick to continue…

Eliza’s Letter

Eliza’s Letter

In catching up on all the family history news I missed over a very busy holiday season I was pleased to see that the Church History Library has at last digitized the letter Eliza Haven Westover wrote to her son Lewis in 1916. This was the letter where Eliza detailed living in Nauvoo as a teenager and witnessing the transfiguration of Brigham Young. We have shared that story before here. I am not sure how many others asked for that to be done. I have been requesting it to be done for more than five years. Eliza Haven Westover wasClick to continue…