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Twila Van Leer
Twila Van Leer worked more than 40 years at the Deseret News before retiring in 2010. She is the mother of 11 and has more than 70 descendants. She is a missionary in the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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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 ...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.