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…

Revelations from a Trip to Rexburg

Revelations from a Trip to Rexburg

I just returned from a visit to the Westover Family Ranch in Rexburg, Idaho. I was there to attend a board meeting of the ranch. I learned a great deal. I must confess that my own personal time spent at the ranch has been limited. As a child I heard much about the ranch. But it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I attended a family event there. After the business of the board was done I attended a nice family meeting and then began a short period of visiting. During the course of the morning I heardClick to continue…

The Value of One Personal History

The Value of One Personal History

When I got up in the middle of the night last night to, apparently, stub my toe (mission accomplished) and get a drink of water, I decided for some reason to jump on my computer for “just a minute” to take a look at Family Search. (Nobody but me seems to understand this habit). I figured I’d be back to bed within 60 seconds. Two hours later I crawled back into bed for a brief nap before having to get up again for work. I stumbled upon a file cousin Paul Westover recently uploaded featuring the personal history of hisClick to continue…

Great Beards in Family History

Great Beards in Family History

Facial hair is not prolific in our family lines. It may be all the missionaries and school teachers we have had over the years or perhaps it just that the manly art of beards and mustaches just isn’t in our gene pool. But on a recent perusal of the gallery feature at FamilySearch.org I began to notice not only that we DO have some beards we actually have some EPIC beards — you know, hall of fame stuff — when it comes to facial hair. Take, for example, this very modern-looking beard from William Rowe: William is the father ofClick to continue…

My Daughter’s Eyes

My Daughter’s Eyes

A few weeks ago a young co-worker took a day off while his wife delivered their first child. Hearing this was going to happen I congratulated him and told him, “The world changes for you on that day.” He said, “What do you mean?” and I just told him, “Wait, you’ll see.” When he returned with news that all was well, passing around pictures of a robust and healthy little boy, I enquired after his wife and asked how he was feeling. He smiled and said, “You were right – the world is a new place.” I felt that wayClick to continue…