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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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A.J. Jacobs said we treat family with more kindness than we do strangers — but I think I've had it backward.
We called it "tinkle" and "big business" in my family, but my husband called it "No. 1" and "No. 2." In our own family now, our language is a work in progress. It's weird, but sometimes choosing a family dialec...
As a newbie to family history research, I felt a little intimidated attending the world's largest genealogical conference. But Laura Bush put me at ease.
I have a love/hate relationship with social media — but I found something that made me feel a little less guilty about sharing snippets of my life on the Internet.
A recent trip to the urgent care doctor's office got my daughter thinking about life, death — and family history.
My path along motherhood is full of mistakes — but I'd like for my kids not to remember any of them.
I love Christmas cards, but I'm not good at sending them. That's going to change this year.
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.