Twila Van Leer
Recent Articles by Twila Van Leer
Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 3:48 pm MDT
My brother and I had a great idea — we would write a more concise biography on William Gimbert Saunders, our great-great-grandfather on our father's mother's line. But we found there already were several ...
Published: Monday, April 25, 2016 5:15 pm MDT
I invited Christopher McAfee of Brigham Young University to share tips on how to take care of things that matter, and he responded with a "primer" on how to care for your collections at home.
Published: Monday, April 18, 2016 4:16 pm MDT
When a Murray woman's extensive lifetime collection of family history was set on the curb for the trash collectors, it was rescued by a neighbor and eventually made its way into the hands of the Naisbitt family...
Published: Monday, April 11, 2016 5:30 pm MDT
Ancestor stories often have surprising details. I would like to know "the rest of the story" of my great-grandmother, whose sealing to her first spouse was canceled on the same day she was sealed to my great-gr...
Published: Monday, April 4, 2016 5:09 pm MDT
In my quest to become a family historian, I have been able to retrieve my first family name that now can be taken to the temple for ordinance work. It happened because I had a great deal of help.
Published: Monday, March 28, 2016 7:45 pm MDT
Our family has a favorite ancestor. But we have other great ones that should get equal attention. Let me tell you about my great-great-grandfather William Taylor.
Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 3:53 pm MDT
LaFay Thornock Erichsen and I are cousins of a sort. Even though she died last December, to my great sorrow, I am certain that relationship will last forever. Friendships like ours couldn't possibly end after j...
Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2:39 pm MDT
In my lifetime, I have changed addresses. I have changed shirts. I have changed diapers — lots of them. And once I even changed my name. Now I am attempting to make one of the most difficult changes we hu...
Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 3:01 pm MST
In a few weeks, I'll be 83, the perfect time to start a new project. I'm going to become a proficient family historian, I hope.
Published: Thursday, April 5, 2012 12:00 am MDT
The old adage that "the family that prays together stays together" has a corollary at least twice a year: The family that prays together goes to conference together.