Drew Nash, Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News
Genealogist John Cox talks about how to get started and what resources are available at his home in Twin Falls, Idaho.

With generations of names and information only a few mouse clicks away, family history research is becoming more and more popular across the United States.

Andrew Weeks of the Twin Falls Times-News recently wrote about the genealogical research being done in Southern Idaho.

“That’s the thing I love about genealogy, finding out about our ancestors,” John Cox, director of the Family History Center in Twin Falls, Idaoh, told Weeks. “It’s fun, because it becomes a sort of mystery; you become a detective.”

The New Jersey Journal featured a piece by Daniel Klein which describes the resources available for finding your ancestors.

This article in the Star Tribune in Minnesota, tells about the rising enthusiasm for family history work.

"It's a popular pastime," wrote Stephen Childs. "In fact, the genealogy research site Ancestry (www.ancestry.com) gained 800,000 subscribers — an 80 percent rise — since November 2009."

In other LDS news, the Payson (Arizona) Roundup recently reported the details of an area handcart trek for Payson youths. The trek gave the young people a taste of what the actual Mormon pioneers experienced.

“They pulled handcarts, walked, camped overnight, prepared meals and gained an appreciation for the effort that it took the original pioneers,” Judie Lyon said. “Those treks, which first began in 1847, are described by historians as one of the great epics in United States history.”

Elsewhere, Ramonda Furness of the Rexburg (Idaho) Standard-Journal, featured three brothers — Scott, Todd and Karl Gehmlich — and a few recipes for Father's Day. All three served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint — Scott to Sacramento, Calif.; Todd to Milan, Italy; and Karl to Porto Alegre, Brazil.

"All three are married family men," Furness wrote. "They all enjoy cooking and have gained and shared their expertise with each other. They were taught by their mother, Jeanne Gehmlich, and have gained some knowledge through experimenting and working in restaurants."

Finally, a new LDS chapel in Northwest Florida has been completed. This article by Pam Griffin in the Destin Log describes the growth of the Sandestin Branch of the church, which began with 50 members in 2004.

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