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June 30, 2007

Family & Personal Histories

I found a great list of items to be included in our personal and family histories at the LDS website. They come from one of their lesson manuals, Lesson 19: Family and Personal Histories,” The Latter-day Saint Woman: Basic Manual for Women, Part B, 152.

The following items could be included in a Personal History:

1. Name in full

2. Birth: day, month, and year; house, hospital, or other location where born; town, county, and state or country; family circumstances at time of birth

3. Father: complete name; date and place of birth; his father’s name; his mother’s maiden name

4. Mother: maiden name; date and place of birth; her father’s name; her mother’s maiden name

5. Brothers and sisters: names; dates and places of birth; names of spouses and children; other information

6. Blessing: when named and blessed—day, month, and year; where blessed—ward or branch, stake or district, town, county, and state or country; by whom blessed

7. Baptism: where—ward or branch, stake or district, town, county, and state or country; when—day, month, and year; by whom

8. Confirmation: when—day, month, and year; where—ward or branch, stake or district, town, county, and state or country; by whom

9. Patriarchal blessing: date, place, and name of patriarch

10. Schooling: when and where first schooling took place, schools attended, teachers remembered best, certificates or diplomas received, outstanding experiences

11. Marriage: to whom; day, month, and year; place of ceremony—town, county, and state or country; circumstances of courtship and ceremony

12. Childhood memories: adventures, accidents, thoughts, amusing incidents, friends, and so on

13. Faith-promoting experiences: personal; in other family members’ lives that affected you; circumstances surrounding your conversion to the gospel

14. Health: record, including sickness and accidents

15. Home life: duties in the home, home activities, relationship with brothers and sisters, places lived, family trips and vacations, pets

16. Hobbies and talents: musical, artistic, and creative abilities; lessons and workshops taken; things you like to do

17. Goals and future plans: things to accomplish in vocation, home life, or Church service

18. Other incidents: include Church experiences

19. Include appropriate pictures, if available, to enhance your story

The Family History should include much of the same information as a personal history. Here are a few other ideas:

1. National origin.

2. Places and dates of residence.

3. Occupations.

4. The first family member to be converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and names of missionaries who taught him or her the gospel.

Information to be included in a Personal Journal:

1. Goals, hopes, and aspirations

2. Work experiences

3. Problems and how they were resolved

4. Joys and sorrows with family members

5. Relationships with others

6. Deepest thoughts

7. Faith-promoting experiences

8. Significant family events

9. Triumph over adversity

10. Special learning experiences

11. Personal testimony

12. Counsel for future generations who will read the journal

June 17, 2007

A Father's Day Tribute to my Ancestors

In going along with some of the other genealogy bloggers, I am going to post about my paternal line of Fathers.

First, and most important to me, is my own Father. Nick is a hard worker, very dedicated to his family. He is a big softy (though he tries to hide it :) He always tries to help his kids in any way he can and especially loves to spoil his 13 grandchildren. I'm the baby of 6 kids, which allowed me special treatment growing up as well as one-on-one time once all my older siblings were gone. In his 60s now, I hope he will live a long time and get to see all his children and grandchildren grow up. My 2 sons absolutely adore him. My 2 1/2 year old was able to live near him for his first 18 months and they became best friends. He is truly one of my best friends as well. Love you Dad!

(Katie and Nick Summer 2000)

Next is Nick's father, Max. He was a wonderful grandfather who loved to sing and play sports. He moved from New York to Chicago to be near us when I was in Junior High and he consistently came to all my sporting events. When I decided to try out for the golf team, having never played golf before, he took me to the driving range and taught me how to hold the clubs and play the game. One of the best lessons I learned was to take a "mulligan" every now and again :)

(Max in 1998)

Then there's Max's father, Leander, who I never knew. He died when Max was a young child. He was a very good commercial artist and would paint billboards around town.

(Lee - 1920s)

Lee's father was Emil, who was the first immigrant in our line. He was born in Norway in 1866 and came to the United States in 1870. He worked for the Postal Service and had 9 children. Seven of them lived to maturity and then when Lee died at age 33, Emil and his wife raised their 3 grandchildren.

(Emil in 1912)

Emil's father was Halvor, born in 1823. He and his wife found the LDS religion and joined the church in Norway. His wife joined first in 1857 and he 11 years later in 1868. They endured much ridicule until they could immigrate to America and live with the Saints in Utah.

(Halvor in 1884)

June 10, 2007

Found: Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

Miriam Midkiff from Ancestories has been very kind in letting me know what happened to Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness the past few days. Here is a forwarded email message from the owner of RAOGK, Bridgett Schneider.

From: Bridgett Schneider

Date: Jun 9, 2007 4:15 PM

Subject: [Raogk-announce] Site Downtime

By now the majority of you know that RAOGK had been off-line for a few days. We are at least 80% back in service, and should be 100% by Wednesday (June 13). We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone.

The outage was due to computer hardware problems with our uplink to the Internet, something we had no control over. However, due to that outage we have had to go with another Internet provider. Although we are using the same URL (http://www.raogk.org) the way the Internet recognizes our domain has changed. It takes time for the Internet to recognize this change and to find us again.

For those who may be interested in the particulars of why we were off-line and why we needed to find another provider after 7 years, I've provided a timeline and explanation below. For those who are just happy we are back online and that the site has not disappeared forever, thank you for your patience while waiting for us to reappear.

(I didn't include the lengthy description of what happened. If you want the whole story email me and I'll forward it along)

June 8, 2007

Lost: Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

I just received an email from Phyllis in Sunbury, Ohio letting me know that my link to the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness website doesn't work. After much searching on Google I can not seem to find the website. I found 3 different URLs for it, but none of them are working right now.


Does anyone know where their website went?

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