A New Beginning
How in the world did you get to the United States? Or how was it that you got to Idaho? I am sincerely interested.
There is a BIG chance that someone in your family line immigrated from a very far distance to come to this, the Promised Land. What a blessing that is for you and me.
I recently found out that my and my wife’s great grandfathers settled part of Cache Valley TOGETHER and they served alongside each other in the local government. How awesome is that?
A New Year, A New Beginning
A new year quickly approaches. New Years Day has actually been my favorite holiday for many years. The idea of a NEW BEGINNING excites me. I love setting new goals and looking forward to new opportunities.
This new year, we of the family history committee have plans to begin a monthly activity which we ancitipate to be fun and eye-opening. It’s simple, really, and everyone should be able to participate.
Here is the basic plan:
1) Each new month we will have a theme. This theme will be tied to experiences and memories of our ancestors
2) Each individual will find photos and details of the specific theme among their ancestors
3) We will share our findings with each other on a specified “Story Night” and enjoy some treats.
And that's it! We connect with our ancestors and we connect with each other. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Would you like a sneak peak at our January theme? Well, here you go.
January’s Theme will be:
“A New Beginning - Our Immigrant Ancestors”
We invite you to get started! Here are some steps you can take:
1) Open Family Search on your device of choice
2) Sign-in with your username
3) Open up your family tree
4) Click on any of your grandparents from generations back
5) Click "Memories" and search and see if any life stories have been added there. If not, you might move on. If so, start reading! Were they an immigrant??
6) When you find your immigrant ancestors, find their best photo and copy and save it. Also, record where they came from and where they settled. Be prepared to share this.
We can’t wait to find out how YOU got here.
May God Bless and Heal Us in Our Efforts
We of the family history committee are eager to help you in your efforts. We can help you find your immigrant ancestor. Please let us know.
Stefan Wood, Ben Schetrompf, and Thomas Bala
Tis the Season to Connect! With your Family
Friends and Neighbors,
What would you say are your current feelings are about family history work?
The other day, I personally found the history of my Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather who immigrated from England to this promised land. He traveled a VERY far distance and sacrificed a lot. He actually ended up dying on the plains leaving his wife and son, my Great-Great-Great Grandfather. I was saddened yet impressed with their story...one I had NEVER heard before!
Engaging in this work will likely have many effects on you as it has had on us, the family history committee. We have experienced our hearts being pricked, a hope to discover more, and even JOY as we have served our ancestors.
We must acknowledge, however, that we have experienced feelings of inadequacy as we have looked at the many tasks before us. This can be a daunting work. BUT we should not become discouraged. The most important thing is to try. And to keep trying!
Where to start? We are eager to help you get started. If you allow us this opportunity, we commit to go at your pace and according to your needs. We want to help you find the healing and joy that come through connection. Connection with your family, with neighbors, and most importantly, the Spirit of the Lord.
We have already begun visiting homes and introducing families to the fundamentals of this work. We would like to visit YOU.
Will you consider doing these things to help us to connect:
1) Download the Family Tree App to your phone or tablet:
Google Play App Store: Family Tree
IPhone App Store: Family Tree
2) Join our Facebook Group & follow our Instagram page
Facebook: Family History for Healing Hearts
We sincerely hope to hear from you. We need this work in our lives more than ever before. May God Bless and Heal Us in our Efforts
My grandpa is 97 years old. And still a sharp sharp man. Why has he been preserved in this way? What is sustaining him?
A couple of years ago, I finally clued into the fact that he won’t be with us much longer… and that there are some things that really need to be done. What, though? I asked.
For the last 1.5 years, I have made efforts to connect and discover the precious man my grandpa is. It has been my pleasure coming to know him more fully and learning his story. His life is a blessing to my family.
I have finally caught the bug of family history. I used to only care about my own photos and history but now I feel like my things are currently of less importance. Grandpa’s life has the power to serve all his posterity now more than any other family member. And through our efforts together, his legacy has begun.
Because I have this bug, I yearn to share it. How can I reach others and call out the goodness of family history work on the rooftops…with my abilities and talents? As of today, I am conjoining my Just a Pitch efforts with this great cause. I must give them my heart at this time, until I have filled this capacity. I must take serving others in this way seriously.
I will be building a library of resources, pitches you might call them, for the researchers that so need them. Keep your eyes peeled as I hope to discover and share the BEST resources.
May God bless and heal us in our efforts.