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Amy Choate-Nielsen
Amy Choate-Nielsen is a special projects reporter for the Deseret News where she covers a variety of in-depth issues, including the environment, public welfare and education. Since joining the paper in 2004, she has covered municipal politics in Utah County as well as the west side of Salt Lake County. As a Utah transplant originally from Connecticut, Amy graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo with a degree in print journalism, a minor in English and a love of the Beehive State. She lives in the suburbs with her husband and two children.

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I found something in the mess of my cluttered living room that made my day. Now I'd better get back to cleaning.
My frenzied search for my great-great-great-grandmother proved fruitless — but I found an interesting story about her son.
Sometimes I wonder how much my relationship with my family is shaped by shared experiences and how much it's shaped by shared genes.
Sometimes you have to write things down if you want to remember them. Your posterity will thank you.
I thought I was allergic to grape juice, but it turns out I wasn't. I guess the same could be said for learning about my family tree.
Hearing the stories from my family history sometimes feels like I'm listening to a fable. It can't be true.
I learned most of my parenting tricks from my mother and father, who learned them from their mother and father, and their grandparents. How many of the little things you do are quirks inherited from your family...
I decided to try trail running recently. I'll never forget what happened next — and I want my kids to remember, too.
If it takes a village to raise a child, then people whom we consider family don't necessarily have to share our DNA.
As I watch my kids play, pester each other and play some more, I'm just glad they have each other.