A Fitting Memorial for Grandpa

A Fitting Memorial for Grandpa

Memorial Day. A day argued by many that is lost to some in meaning. Many mark it as an extra day off — a day of barbeques, a first summer swim in a lake or a chance to get away. It began as Decoration Day, an event to decorate the graves of the fallen from the North and the South during the Civil War. It is a day specifically set aside to recognize those who died in the service of country. Indeed, my own marking of the day has wandered over the years. These days I make my way upClick to continue…

The Beauty of the Little Details

The Beauty of the Little Details

Recently I have had the chance to connect with more of my Begich cousins. It has been wonderful. In conversing with one via email this week I asked some questions about my great Grandpa Mike Begich, who immigrated to the United States around 1905. He lived from 1886 to 1965. In my lifetime I’ve heard so very little personal detail about him. So little details like this from my cousin this week are very meaningful to me: “As an 8-year-old, I used to visit and stay over with my grandparents fairly often. Grandpa would always let me rummage through hisClick to continue…

A Trip to Minnesota

A Trip to Minnesota

It hasn’t even been a week since we received word that Aunt Alice passed away. Last Sunday Bunni posted on Facebook in a message broadcast to family and loved ones far and wide that at the age of 91 Alice had gone home to be with Pete. Very quickly my Dad and my brother and I exchanged messages to each other. “We have to go,” Jay said. We all felt that way. Alice is the wife of my Uncle Peter Begich, my Grandpa Carl’s big brother. You know the story of Grandpa Carl and hopefully you know the story ofClick to continue…

Influencers in My Family History

Influencers in My Family History

Two very separate events have kind of taken over my thoughts this past week. A while back I was downstairs in the treasure room and I came across a letter written by my grandparents to the Church asking a question about how to pursue a family line in England. Attached to the letter was the response from someone in the Genealogical Department of the Church in Salt Lake City. The letter was dated around 1974. The instructions included an address for a contact at some library in London who they were certain could put them in contact with someone atClick to continue…

All Family History is Social

All Family History is Social

My DNA results are in. They came in quite unexpectedly, less than 4 weeks after I had sent off my sample. As expected, they have revealed so far no huge surprises. My heritage is dominantly British with a very healthy representation of Mormon Pioneers. Shocker. But even if I had not known that before I was still thrilled to get these results. In the past couple of days since the results arrived I can tell you without reservation that my family history efforts have now risen to an all new level. You see, now I am connected via DNA toClick to continue…