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…

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…

When the Worlds of Westovers and Smiths Collide

When the Worlds of Westovers and Smiths Collide

My great grandfather is Arnold Westover. He married Mary Ann Smith. Both the Westovers and Smiths have great histories. You will learn a lot more about the Smiths in an upcoming video about another Utah pioneer named Albert Smith, of Manti, Utah. But for now I want to focus on his great grandfather, a man with one of the great names in the family, Chileab Smith. Albert’s history speaks of his Ashfield, Massachusetts roots and the strong religious history of the family in the Baptist faith. Chileab was the man in Ashfield, hugely influential and a founder of the BaptistClick to continue…

Our Family in the Spirit World

Our Family in the Spirit World

It has been something of a difficult year. This week we noted the passing of two more family members, the latest felt very keenly with my wife and her dear family. It is a tender time. It is amazing to me how losing a loved one re-centers me. I have found that even attending a funeral for someone who is not a family member touches me on a very fundamental level and reminds me how the things of this world pale in comparison to the eternal principles of love. A good death, it seems, leads to a greater appreciation forClick 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…