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
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
Wow! She made this recording on the day I was being born! Would love to hear
this lost recording.
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.
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.
Fascinating account. I'm now on the hunt for the thesis.
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
"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."
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.
That is also my Great-Great Grandma. Very glad I came across this article and
was able to hear the audio clips.
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.