Getting to Know Albert Smith

Getting to Know Albert Smith

All year long I’ve made reference to a video (or two) coming out about Albert Smith. It is still a work in progress. The challenge stems from what to include and what to leave out in telling of his story. Thanks to Albert’s journals and to a long life lived so close to events of Church and Utah history there is a great deal of information. There is little of the 19th century Mormon experience that Albert didn’t have. He came from a religious family. That led to his conversion sometime in the mid-1830s, a time that saw him joinClick to continue…

The Harm in Do No Harm

The Harm in Do No Harm

During a presentation at Roots Tech about writing histories my sister-in-law shared some direction the presenter gave about writing history of family members with less-than-sterling details in their lives. The presenter urged family historians to “do no harm” when writing histories. This spurred considerable discussion between us. It is a thought that continues to trouble me. Every family is going to have their share of horse thieves, children born out of wedlock, and records of family members found in jails and insane asylums. Do we skip over such facts out of respect for the idea of “do no harm”? ThisClick to continue…