Reader voices: Connections to our ancestors

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  • lmc West Jordan, Utah
    July 2, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    I have been reviewing my family history recently which includes several families driven from Nauvoo by mobs, but I just discovered another ancestor's family (Whitlocks)who were driven from Missouri to Nauvoo. They left no journals, but the birthplaces of their 8 children paints a clear picture of their experience. The oldest was born in Tennessee in 1828, the next in Clay County Missouri in October of 1830 (before the first LDS missionaries arrived). The next 2 were also born in Clay County, but the next child was born 1838 in Caldwell County, and the next 3 in Nauvoo, Illinois. Their last child was born in Council Bluffs in 1848. This was the first that I realized there were Missourians (including my ancestors) who joined the Church and were mob driven from homes that they had occupied as long as most of the "old settlers" in Missouri. This broadened my understanding of what the early Saints suffered for the Gospel's and for my sake. I had the misconception that the Missourians persecuted the Saints because they were newcomers from New England bringing with them foreign ideas such as emancipation. My Whitlock ancestors' Family Group Sheet gave me clearer understanding.

  • Mom of ten SANBORNTON, NH
    July 2, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    My parents were the first generation to join the church in the 1960's here in New Hampshire. So that naturally left us out of the pioneer loop, knowing we did not have any that joined, sacrificed to get to Utah. However, by doing Family History research, I have discovered that I do indeed have pioneer relationships. As many early saints hailed from New England, I discovered many connections. Brigham Young was a cousin to my 6th Great-grandfather. So he is my 3rd cousins 6 times removed. A stretch granted, by interesting.I am also related to Joseph Smith, and others. I even have one distant pioneer cousin that came from the small town of Sanbornton, NH were I now live. It really is a small world and much can be discovered as we do our family history.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    July 1, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    Yes, it is important to do family search. Knowing that my family have always been members of the church since my Great Grandfather Hall was one of the Early Utah Settlers, and then was blessed to find out that some of my relatives are Joseph Smith Junior, Hyrum Smith, Emma Hale, Parley P Praatt, Brigham Young, King Follett, and I need to do more research, just not enough hours in the day. However, an interesting exprience, one of the sisters in my ward who I have known for 40 years, and she was my visiting teacher for 14 years, we discovered that we were 2nd cousins. Her Great Grandmother, and my Great Grandfather being brother and sister. Family History is fun, I challenge each of you to leave our history so in the future years our decendants will know who we were and what we were like.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    June 30, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Family research can be quite fulfilling. We have learned that ours were in Denmark in the beginning of the 1850s when missionaries arrived. They joined the church and even provided their home as the first meeting place of the church on their island. A couple of years later they sailed for America to join the Saints in Utah.

    Our families provide us with a legacy that often speaks volumes of attributes often missing in society today. How many chase dollars around, voting for individuals who offer the most free stuff instead of following ideals and lasting possibilities in spite of the immediate sacrifices that are required? There's a lot to be learned from people who didn't have indoor plumbing or the latest tablet device.