Lost recording of an interview with 1867 Mormon pioneer found

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Dec. 24, 2013 6:50 p.m.

    An amazing look back in time, one that I wish was possible with my family. Unfortunately I have no pioneer roots, but I still feel connected to them in spirit. This woman seems to have been remarkably strong and a spiritual giant of her era, as well as a champion for what was right in an era (like ours) that glorified and embraced what was wrong.

  • Rickel Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 5:46 p.m.

    That is also my Great-Great Grandma. Very glad I came across this article and was able to hear the audio clips.

  • Alex 1 Tucson, AZ
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    This story reminds me of a journal that my fourth great grandfather kept for decades, that has endeared me to him forever, and has offered a unique insight for me into the history of the church in the 1860's to the late 1890's. I have his priceless account of the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple, at which he travelled up from the colonies in Mexico and attended all sessions. He gave an account of everyone that spoke, what they said, and what his impressions were. Very powerful.

    Dec. 12, 2013 7:34 p.m.

    "Carry On," AKA "Firm as the Mountains around us--one of the hymns that's given me courage over the years when facing hard things. Nice that Sister Fox could bridge the centuries as she did. We have stalwarts in the 20th Century as well who brought us through two world wars, the beginnings of communism, the Cold War, the Great Depression, the Roaring Twenties, the "beat generation", the "new" morality, and so on. Sister Fox lived through at least the first part of those and came out relatively unscathed. We need more like her; hopefully a good share of the "millenials" will "build on the rock."

  • BrokeCurmudgeon Riverton, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    Thank you for the story. Very well done! As a young boy I lived in the same household as my Great Grandma Fox. I was very privileged have her write a poem about when I was born. She died when I was a teenager. She is and has always been an inspiration to me. It was wonderful hearing her voice and that of my Grandma MacKay's after these long fifty plus years. Thanks to you again

  • dan76 san antonio, TX
    Dec. 12, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    Fascinating account. I'm now on the hunt for the thesis.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Expanding our current circles is also amazing. I posted a gedcom file and surname list from PAF on my website about 10 years ago. Google crawled it and soon we were receiving emails from Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, and Australia from many tracing back to our Italian ancestry. Technology sure can do amazing things in connecting us.

  • ALH Enumclaw, WA
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    To caf: Sometimes you can learn more in the most unexpected ways. I'm on the lookout for good historical fiction to pique my grandchildren's interest. This summer I found a book about the Cherry Valley Massacre in the Revolution. Knowing it was near where my ancestor lived, I searched out more information. In re-reading his pension application, I discovered he had arrived with the militia the day after the massacre. History came alive. Learning the history of the area where family lived has opened doors of insight and helped me find other previously unknown family members. Contact everyone who submits information on the names of your ancestors (via Family Tree, Ancestry, etc.) You'll finding missing pieces that come together in wonderful ways, and form relationships that will delight your forebearers. Imagine how happy you'd be to have your posterity finding and coming to love one another.

  • riellyst SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    Wow! She made this recording on the day I was being born! Would love to hear this lost recording.

  • caf Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    How very exciting to have found her grandmother's interview! I wish more of my direct ancestors had left journals. If they did, I would have no idea. One feature that my sister and I love about FamilyTree is that we can upload what little we have about our ancestors onto the site for ALL of our relatives to view!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 6:51 a.m.

    This story gave me bad memories. When I was a little kid, Mom died. We had a tap recorder and I loved to play with it. Dad made a recording of mom before she died She spoke of her concerns to each of us kids. My biggest regret ever was I recorded over it playing on the Tape recorder. It still brakes my heart thinking about it.