Barry Ewell: Prayer is the most important tool I have as a genealogist

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  • Abbygirl East Carbon, UT
    June 24, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    Prayer does work, but it is always on God's terms.. My mother has been doing genealogy for nearly 40 years and could never find her great grandmothers family, she searched for nearly 40 years, prayed oft and just last week she finally found what she was looking for. Prayer does work.. sometimes it takes nearly 40 years before you get an answer though.. its the one thing she wanted before she died and she got her wish.

  • Anne Bradshaw Provo, UT
    June 24, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    I agree with Gracie and Mona. Prayer has brought many new names to light in my family lines recently - sometimes when I was about ready to give up. I love the new Family Tree on Family Search. I didn't at first, as it was a tad confusing, but the staff are wonderful to work with and so happy to help that I persevered and now think it is amazing. The program is in its early stages and still improving, but wonderful nonetheless.

  • Mona Beaverton, OR
    June 24, 2013 12:09 a.m.

    When I hear others remark that they don't have regular spiritual experiences, I recommend they work on their family history!

    Town Crier, the new Family Tree is 50 times better than the old Ancestral File & New Family Search. When you say it's awful I haven't the faintest idea of what you are referring to. I love it! The ability to post sources is priceless, and photos and stories are a bonus. It's so simple to navigate. And if there's information that needs to be fixed, then get in and fix it. It's easy as pie.

  • Gracie Boise, ID
    June 22, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    A very powerful testimony! These miracles certainly do turn our research efforts around, don't they? We truly should expect miracles to occur considering the deeply spiritual nature of the work. They not only bless the lives of our progenitors but they increase our willingness to keep at it. In the process, our faith is increased as well.