Using Family History to Make Family History

Using Family History to Make Family History

Way out from the land of California comes word that Kirk and Daena Westover will soon be leaving for the Georgia Atlanta Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a period of two years. That will be an experience for them that no doubt will add to their family history in a significant way. As is the custom they spoke in Church before their local ward in advance of their departure. Kirk, one of our great family historians, shared a memorable message of testimony that included a fair bit of Westover family history. In blending theseClick to continue…

The Topaz Yearbooks

The Topaz Yearbooks

A couple of weeks ago we discussed the discovery of a picture of my grandfather (Leon A. Westover > Arnold Westover > William Ruthven Westover) at Topaz, Utah where the government had set up internment centers for Japanese Americans during World War II. He and my grandmother (Maurine R. Westover) taught school there. Today we have added to our documents archive copies of the 1943 and 1944 high school yearbooks from Topaz, and both are referenced several times within them. Not a crucial bit of family history information but interesting nonetheless.

Electa’s Letter

Electa’s Letter

With this post announcing the video about Mother Electa Beal Westover it was quite exciting to me to announce the availability of a PDF copy of a letter Electa wrote in 1880 to William Ruthven Westover, her grandson. That PDF is now part of the document archives here. I won’t transcribe the letter because it is quite legible. In 1880 William would have been 19 years old or so, still a few years away from marrying Ruth. Electa recalls a recent letter she had received from her “white haired Willie” and asks about his mother, Ann Findley Westover and others.Click to continue…

Arnold Westover Family Records

Arnold Westover Family Records

Added to the document vault today is a large PDF file of the family group sheets and pedigrees of the Arnold and Mary Ann Westover Family. As we noted yesterday, Grandma Mary Ann was quite the family historian and these terrific records showcase not only how family history was done back in the day but a real devotion and love for family heritage. Some of these group sheets even include images. While I am certain most of this has already been transferred to FamilySearch.org it may contain clues, hints, and suggestions for further research on people that have not yetClick to continue…