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What's in a gene?

Last year at Thanksgiving, Mom gave all of us Ancestry DNA kits. Spit, shake, seal, mail, wait, and wait some more. During the holidays, we were told, it could take 8 to 16 weeks to get the results. 252 more words


I just remembered.........!?

I was watching a video made in 1968 of my hometown on YouTube. I have a tendency to be nostalgic so it was right up my alley. 367 more words

Thoughts & More

Bring Them Home: Lessons about LDS temple work and the film Dunkirk,part 1

Last Saturday we had the opportunity to do family file work at the temple. We did initiatories followed by an endowment session. As my husband and I are the only members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that were or ever probably will be, the family history aka genealogy task lays with us. 836 more words

What is Your Story Worth

Have you ever wanted to write your autobiography, but found the task daunting? Perhaps you just want a way to jot down memories and ideas from the life you have lived. 112 more words

Family 6: Joseph Walter

The marriage of Joe and Mathilda soon yielded a son. In a compromise to continuing the family tradition without the confusion of having three Joseph Patrick Kellys in the same town, they named him Joseph Walter. 413 more words


Barcroft Boake (1866-1892): Australian bush poet

In an earlier post https://mountainsrivers.com/2015/10/26/ancestral-tales-a-theosophist-a-thief-and-an-indian-princess/ I wrote about my great-aunt Boodie (Florence Teasdale Smith) who was a theosophist, whose father was a bank robber and she was also descended from an Indian princess.  1,123 more words

Family History

A History Lesson from Uncle Chuck

“There he stood, already beyond my reach, my father, the center of my life, just labeled JEW. A shrill whistle blew through the peaceful afternoon. Like a puppet a conductor lifted a little red flag. 684 more words