Saturday, November 26, 2016

What kind of education do you or your ancestor have?

Education is a big part of our lives.  Recording when you started school, where you went to school, who your teachers were, what you learned in school is an important part of your story.  Some things may not seem significant like what time did you go to school, but it may be interesting to those reading your story.  It also may explain other parts of your life.  My family lived a mile outside of town, so I rode the bus to school from first grade through graduation from high school.  The high school I went to was thirty miles from my home.  I would catch the bus at 7:15 a.m. and wouldn't get home until 4 p.m.  In high school I spent about two hours on the bus.  I did a lot of reading and homework on the bus.  Because of the need to help with the family business when I got home from school, I wouldn't have been able to do as much of my homework without doing it on the bus.  

Did you continue your education beyond high school?  Did you attend college?  Did you get a degree?  Or did you learn through hands on experience like training on the job?  

There are many experiences that you may have in getting your education.  Recording your experiences will add a great deal to your story.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

How have you been involved in politics?

This year, 2016 is a presidential election year.  There is a lot of news about the election.  This year's election is especially controversial.  There is even a third party candidate who just decided to run in August who may win the electoral votes in the state of Utah.  Many people are not wanting the two major candidates to win.  Elections can affect our lives.  Things may change with a new president or new congressmen or even new local officials.  Writing about the political events can be a part of your story.  

Have you ever ran for a political office or has a family member ran for office?  Did any one in your family serve in a political office?  Answering these questions can add a lot to your family's story.  Write about your feelings about the elections and your participation.  You might want to record who you voted for and why for your posterity.  Some time in the future your family may want to know what you thought about a certain election.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

William B Ide: Mormon Video

I came across these videos which confirm what I had grown up believing that my grandmother's great grandfather was a Mormon.  It is so interesting to learn more about my ancestor.  If you search on the internet for information, you may find information about your ancestor.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Holiday Illness

Have you ever been sick on a significant holiday?  Have you had to change your plans in celebrating a holiday because of illness or because of an injury?

Today is Christmas.  I think I caught a head cold, and I was really congested and miserable this morning.  I could hardly speak, and I didn't feel much like eating.  I had been invited to dinner at a friend's house.  I told her I didn't feel like going out in the cold, and I really did not have much of an appetite.  She said she would bring dinner over to me, which she did.  The mashed potatoes were so good, but I'm saving the rest of the dinner for tomorrow when I hope to feel much better.  Another friend upon hearing I was sick brought over a couple of cans of chicken noodle soup and some crackers.  Usually at Christmas I get caught up in doing things for other people, but this year I have had to stop doing and accept the small kindnesses of others.  I also was given a couple of large money gifts which amazes me that people care so much.  My brother told me his bishop had counseled him when he was struggling financially that not everyone can be the giver, someone has to be the receiver.  Although we all want to be the giver which is following the example of Jesus, we must remember it is important that we receive the Savior's gift into our lives.

Because of feeling tired and not having much energy, I watched this Christmas video which teaches this principle.  Maybe it can change you perspective on life too.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

“Relative Finder” now certified with FamilySearch

“Relative Finder” now certified with FamilySearch Finding out who you are related to can increase your sense of connectivity.  Twenty eight years ago when I moved to the town I live in now I didn't know any one in the town.  I didn't even know where the town was.  I hadn't even heard of it.  My husband applied for a job and got it, so we moved to this town.  My husband was doing some work for a family to earn some extra money to help with our move.  My maiden name was the same as the family's last name only it was spelled differently.  Because of the difference in spelling, I didn't think we would be related.  But after sharing who our ancestors were we found that our grandfathers were brothers and that we had the same great grandfather and great grandmother.  Since then I have discovered other relatives when someone shares something about one of their ancestors and I have the same ancestor.  Even today one of the speakers at church shared a story about one of his ancestors who is a brother to one of my great great grandfathers so I just found another cousin.

With Relative Finder you can see if you are related to Presidents of the United States, European Royalty, Classical Composers, Famous Writers, Catholic Popes & Saints, Reformers, Famous Americans and many more or you can join a group and find out who you are related to in that group.  After you join Relative Finder you will feel like it really is a small world after all.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Nevada tornado damages 6 homes, 5 businesses in Hawthorne (see videos,photos)

Nevada tornado damages 6 homes, 5 businesses in Hawthorne (see videos,photos)

 Yesterday a tornado struck the little town I live in.  It significantly damaged homes and businesses lifting off the ground about a tenth of a mile from where I work.  Having lived my life in the western part of the United States, I have never experienced a tornado.  Strong winds blow through the town sometimes gusting over 100 mph and blowing over semi trucks, uprooting trees, and taking off roofing material, but a tornado is different.  Tornadoes rarely happen in mountainous areas in the west.  If they do, they are usually short-lived; and, with so much open space around us, it would be unlikely to touch down where people live.  Though I said I haven't experienced a tornado, something did damage my home's roof about ten years ago.  When I came home from work, I saw the shingles in the center of my garage roof had been pulled up and twisted around in a spiral.  I looked at the shingles and wondered what could have happened.  I might have never guessed what had happened if it hadn't been for the custodians at the high school across the street from my home.  They told me they watched as what looked like a mini tornado touched down on my garage roof.  They said it came down from the clouds, not up from the ground as most whirlwinds or dust devils do here.  That cost me a little bit of money to replace the shingles, but the structure of the roof was okay.

Unfortunately several people in our community had their homes and businesses damaged by the tornado yesterday.  The tornado that struck here was at the bottom of the scale as a F 0-1 tornado, but it still did some significant damage leaving some people without a home to live in.  I am so grateful the tornado didn't turn towards where I was working or towards my home.  I am grateful that it only stayed on the ground for about half a mile through our town.  I am grateful I do not have damage to my property to deal with. I do feel bad for those whose homes and businesses were damaged.

When you write your story include weather events that impacted you or your family.  Such events change the way you look at things.  It is a reminder that things can happen suddenly and unexpectedly.  It increases your compassion for others who have been harmed and increases your gratitude for the protection you received.