Attending Roots Tech 2016

Attending Roots Tech 2016

It has been announced that registration for Roots Tech 2016 opens in about a month, on September 15, 2015. Roots Tech will be held Wednesday, February 3rd through Saturday, February 6, 2016. We want to encourage as many family members as possible to register and attend as their resources and time allows. Roots Tech is the world’s largest Family History conference. Every major vendor and resource in Genealogical and Family History research is represented at the conference and there are dozens of classes on all kinds of topics related to family history research. If enough interest exists we would likeClick to continue…

Funeral and Obituary Information for Susanne C. Westover

Funeral and Obituary Information for Susanne C. Westover

Our devoted wife, exceptional mother, incredible grandmother and family historian extraordinaire died in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday, April 5th, 2015. Born Susanne Catherine Begich on January 11, 1943 – her father’s birthday – in Mt. Kisco, New York, she was simply Cathi, Mom or Nana to all who knew and loved her. With her father deploying overseas during World War II from his station in California, Mom and her mother traveled by train when she was 6 months old with hopes of saying goodbye. But an unfortunate twist of fate had them arrive too late for theirClick to continue…

Come Take a Family History Journey

Come Take a Family History Journey

A few of us are organizing a Westover family history journey to New England tentatively scheduled for the last two weeks of September 2016. Our hopes are to explore the family history sites in Windsor/Simsbury,Connecticut and Sheffield, Massachusetts as well as other New England sites of relevance and importance in family and Church history, including a stop in Palmyra, New York. Think of it — could we find the birthplace of Jonas Jr on September 20th, 2016 — the 352nd birthday of that beloved ancestor, the first of our grandfathers born in America? Wouldn’t it be neat to meet atClick to continue…

Tell Us Your Memories of Mom and Grandma

Tell Us Your Memories of Mom and Grandma

Ready to write some family history with us? Please participate in our effort to collect favorite stories, memories and histories of Moms and Grandmas. Between now and the week of Mother’s day 2015 we will be working on submissions of stories from family members about their Moms and Grandmas. Then, during the week of Mother’s Day, we will publish what is shared here on the website. If we can get enough people to participate we think we will have added a wonderful new section to our family history archive here online. We have very few rules for this: your storyClick to continue…

Nobody Can Do YOUR Family History

Nobody Can Do YOUR Family History

I met a man at Rootstech named Frank Nielsen. He was there selling copies of something his father had given him years before — a map, dating back to his great grandfather in 1899 — mounted on a piece of wood. You can read his story on his website, pioneermaps.com. Frank didn’t push his maps on me. Instead I asked him about it and heard the story from him. I have not figured it out but it dawned on me that there is a good possibility that we’re related. In just minutes of conversation with him it dawned on meClick to continue…