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I've loved history, research, and been fascinated with the Old West/Victorian times since I can remember. So when I was introduced to genealogy it just fit! It began for me in 1991 when I was asked by a sweet, elderly neighbor to help her with her family history, as she was legally blind and "afraid to learn how to do this stuff alone, and I sense you love well and learn well." What a compliment! I was hooked and later became a genealogist. My first realization that history was a passion for me began in childhood, and came through the freakish looks my friends would give me as I'd stand motionless and stare at the dilapidated remains of old cabins, sheds and homesteads; wishing that for just a few seconds I could go back in time to see and feel what they did. I wanted to know what life was like for those that lived there, built their lives literally by the sweat of their brow and sacrificed so much in search of truth, freedoms and a new way. I'm grateful for and to them.|
I was born in 1962, I've been happily married since 1983, we have 4 grown and great kids. I grew up in Utah County, mostly Provo, but have lived in Montana since 1996. I love: my family, music, learning, truth, teaching, humor, words, reading, research, singing, children, family time, history, psychology, horses and dogs, mountains, 4 seasons, sewing, creating, designing, color, being trusted, defending people, organizing, quilts, observing people, serving, volunteering, and the many opportunities I've been given to help people find the best in themselves... their gifts. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and His simple truths He shares. I don't love: making mistakes, my weaknesses, condescension, injustice, when power is more important than people, abuse of any kind, especially the innocent; and the use of "so called" truth and religion to control and have power over people (ignoring the gift of free will), when fear stops people from doing the right thing (especially when I notice it in myself).
Pursuing my own family history has provided me with so much more than I ever anticipated. I am the oldest of 6 and 3 half siblings, grew up fast in an incestuous, sadistic, chronically traumatic, methodically controlled, and yet deeply religious home (and community). I felt responsible for the well-being and needs of my younger siblings and saw clearly at a young age that my parents had been harmed as well. I had many questions, feelings and needs I was not allowed to express. The effects have caused 4 disablities, but I am healing. I've had much to heal in terms of trust in anything or anyone, identity, hope, and just how far back this multi-generational hell goes. Why are the meek, shy, honest and loving in my family devoured by the rest? The ultimate example was the murder of my paternal grandfather (1 of 2 people I ever felt unconditional love from in my family) by his own wife, when I was 9 years old. I could not accept that to be loving and truthful meant you had to be abused/destroyed and it contradicted the Gospel I was "taught" in the same family and home. I've found some answers, learned much and continue to. The Gospel of Jesus Christ will ALWAYS be true.
I've learned that my heritage also has much greatness in it, as well as horrendous abuses and suffering. I see now why I was so compelled and moved to be the first in at least 4 generations (that I know of) to speak the ugly truth out loud...at age 15. I've been denied, persecuted, threatened, abandoned and alienated by the same people I had dedicated my life to. Blamed for "ruining the family" by not keeping the secrets, but still used as their servant, confidant, and the only one they could turn to when they needed to be loved, a place to live, and understood. I see and feel intensely, as I move through my healing and the discovery of each ancestor that they are grateful the truth is out, they're sorry for the destruction they either passed down or concealed (denied), and they feel freedom as I find and slowly forgive them. They want and need the truth more than ever, since leaving this life. They are grateful that they matter, that their lives did, and that even though much denial still exists in their posterity...the opportunity to face the truth has been offered because it has been spoken out loud and brought out of the shadows, lies, secrets and denial that have enabled it to infect each new generation. They know me...I know them. They can progress from where they are and so can I. We help each other. They matter and have great worth... and they help me finally know that I do too.
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|Gina Reardon-Gaddis||Randall Harvey|
Cemetery name added to his memorial. Thank you
|Blaine & Elaine Berger||Jay Ovard and Cecil King|
Cecil's middle name has been added - Jay's dob has been amended. Thank you and you have a good weekend also.
|William Lyman||Managing memorials|
My name is William and I will be visiting graves this month in Mayfield, Sanpete County, Utah. Might you or anyone you know be interested in managing these of which I would provide cropped photos? I don't spend enough time on the internet to manage memorials, but would be willing send many photos (from lesser populated areas) to someone who would.
-Thanks for your time, William
Thank you for your e-mail! That just brightened my day... Have an awesome week!
Added by 天使 on May 07, 2013 8:36 AM
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|Sherry Hess||RE: Pauline Tilton|
No, thank you. You do a lot for us also in Montana.
Have a wonderful weekend.
|Sherry Hess||Pauline Tilton|
Thank you so much for the information for Pauline Tilton I have updated her memorial.
|ZenPanda||RE: Ron Martino|
Thank you for the information. I had not seen the obituary yet.
Added by ZenPanda on May 02, 2013 9:28 AM
|Judi Wollenziehn||RE: Mark Mueller|
Thanks so much, Annie. It is an honor to have his memorial in my care.
Take care - and thank you again!
Thank you for the Transfer.
Added by JaniceH on Apr 28, 2013 6:53 PM
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