Over the last few years I have been reading my great-grandfather's journal, yearning to know his soul. His entry for April 2, 1892 had a real impact on me: “I received a letter from Mother but no letters from my dear family & on this account I was very sad & uneasy.” I pictured my beloved forebear far from home feeling anxious and lonely. I desired to provide him a letter. My heart proclaimed: “I will write him!” even as my mind wondered how to send a message to the past.
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RootsTech has announced that Saroo Brierley will be the keynote speaker at RootsTech on Friday, March 1, 2019. Brierley is well known for his remarkable family reunification story as depicted in the 2016 film Lion, which is an adaptation of Brierley’s autobiography, A Long Way Home.
On Veterans Day 2018 this Sunday, the world will look back a century to the victory of Allied forces and the signing of the Armistice that marked the end of World War I. With that signing, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the world rejoiced. In memory of those who served, FamilySearch has added millions of new, free historical records to help families discover more about their WWI veteran ancestors.
It’s been about five years since Joseph Kerry discovered an old, but beautiful family Bible at a yard sale. Inside he found a treasure of family history information from a family long-since forgotten. He wanted to do something to preserve the valuable information. Now his organization, Bible Rescue, has the largest collection of family Bibles in private hands in the nation.
Isn't it wonderful that children are now able to access the power of temple and family history work at such young ages? Much of this miracle is due to the FamilySearch website. If you're not sure how to help your children learn to submit names to the temple in preparation for their first visit to the temple, here are some ideas.
There is something powerful about voice. I bet any of us can think of at least one person we would give anything to hear again. I know I can. There is a realness that comes from a voice that can’t be captured in any other way. So, why else record an oral history? We have four simple, yet vital reasons to set a date to get started today.
The drive to be remembered and to remember your ancestors is powerful. That is why so many cultures have holidays and festivals to celebrate the memories of deceased loved ones. How do you remember tus antepasados—your ancestors? Do you have those memories preserved so they can be passed on to future generations?