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James Tanner
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What are the core values of family history?
Quoting from the Desert News Faith Section, for February 11, 2017, " President Russell M. Nelson extends challenge during Family Discovery Day 2017 ," President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy W. Nelson, extended a special challenge to Church m...

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Ghost Town: Knightsville -- Old Mine Shaft
I do not have much of a motivation to explore old mine shafts. Usually, the shoring and support was furnished by local timber and has deteriorated over the years making any entrance extremely dangerous. However, I must admit I have explored a few mines that...

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Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors -- Part One
In the United States, much of the original activity in genealogical research began as a result of interest in lineage societies. Lineage societies owe their origin to this desire to commemorate or honor a particular ancestral heritage or event. There are th...

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In Support of the FamilySearch Partner Programs
Just recently, I was asked to help a patron in the Brigham Young University Family History Library with some Danish research. Other missionaries had been trying to help the patron for almost two hours without success. One of the very first things I asked th...

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Ghost Town: Knightsville Abandoned Mine Tower
The clouds and the snow give this image depth and help to define the scene. Utah has a lot of abandoned mines, as does Arizona. I have my own abandoned mine stories, some of which could have had tragic endings. One thing missing from an image like this is t...

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Genealogy as a social phenomenon
My recent attendance at the very large genealogy conference called RootsTech 2017 gave me pause to reflect on the interesting social consequences of such a gathering. As was expected and as it is commonly perceived, genealogy attracts a decidedly older segm...

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Genealogy and the use of the word Legacy
Certain words get overused and thereby lose the meaning. In the genealogical community, the word "legacy" is used in a variety of ways to both name software products and to describe other software products. Mind you, I am not picking on any particular produ...

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The GPO and Genealogy
The United States Government is a prolific publisher. Here is a short description of their operations from the GPO.gov website. The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuri...

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Utah Ghost Towns: Knightville
Not being among those who are stopped by cold and windy days, we decided to take a trip out the West Desert of Utah to visit some ghost towns. The first was the most difficult to find. It is called Knightsville and was a mining town in the late 1800s. This ...

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Family History and Handbook 2
Clear back in about 1998, I recall when the General Church Handbooks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were divided into two paper copies. Handbook 1 was distributed to Bishops and Stake Presidents and Handbook 2 had a wider distribution to...
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