#PRINCEofPEACE: What My Ancestors Knew About Faith

#PRINCEofPEACE: What My Ancestors Knew About Faith

Admitting to being a Christian these days is not very PC. When I say that I'm a Christian, it has nothing to do with race, sexual orientation or political beliefs, it simply means that I am a follower of Jesus Christ. Sheri Dew said, "It simply isn't possible to be a disciple of someone you don't know." While I do not profess to be an expert on everything about the Savior, I have spent my life studying His teachings and I am trying to become more like him (and failing miserably, but I keep trying). My ancestors came to America to find religious freedom. My English Puritans and Quakers, my French Huguenots, my Swiss Anabaptists and my German Protestants all came to America to worship God without fear and they were willing to sacrifice everything for their faith. Down through the generations, faith has continued to play a big part of my family's lives. I have Episcopal missionaries, circuit rider preachers and lots of Baptist ministers on my family tree. My father, lost his faith Continue reading

Rootstech 2017 Keynote Speakers Review

Rootstech 2017 Keynote Speakers Review

Having attended all 7 Rootstech, I can say with some authority, that this year's Rootstech was the best. Since the world's largest family history conference is jammed pack with so much to talk about, I'm going to break my review into a series of posts. Today's topic is the Rootstech keynote speakers. Rootstech Innovator Summit was keynoted by Liz Wiseman, a leadership expert and strategist, best selling author and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch. [Click on photos for links to view their presentations.] My takeaway from Liz's presentation was the value of being a Rookie. In professional genealogy, being a rookie is not something most aspired to, as it takes years and years of experience, study and hard work to gain a strong understanding and background to tackle tough research problems. I have noticed over the years that it can be easy to slip into a groove of complacency, thinking you know a subject and you stop digging deeper because you think you hit the depth of Continue reading

Win a FREE Rootstech 2017 4-day Registration Ticket!

Win a FREE Rootstech 2017 4-day Registration Ticket!

  Win a FREE, Full-Registration Ticket to RootsTech 2017 (February 8-11, 2017) Want to come see the world’s largest family history expo for yourself? Enter the FamilyCherished FREE 4-day RootsTech 2017 Registration Giveaway! Valued at over $239! The winner will receive access to: Innovator Summit and see the great new advances in technology & family history over 200 classes for all skill levels Keynotes addresses from TV’s LaVar Burton and the “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro Labs and Hands-on classes Getting Started classes Family Discovery Day with BYU coach Kalani Sitake, Youth Speaker Hank Smith and former NFL player and TV announcer Vai Sikahema Expo hall with tons of exciting vendors Every evening new events to enjoy Here's how to enter: First, go to Rootstech’s website. Check out the classes, the speakers and activities. THEN - Like my Facebook page for my blog FamilyCherished, and leave a message about what you most look forward to Continue reading

When Your Genes Don’t Fit – DNA Tests You Need

When Your Genes Don’t Fit – DNA Tests You Need

My family is weird - I admit it, though it is no shock to those who know us. Our genes did not fit the norm, so I was very interested in Kailos DNA tests, as I have had adverse reactions to prescriptions in the past and I have 2 children that do not metabolize prescription medication as most do. This has been a great concern as a parent and I hoped that Kailos could give us some answers. Genealogists are going crazy with DNA tests. DNA tests such as those offered by Ancestry.com, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe can help confirm or help discover new family lines. Using DNA testing to learn more about our physical health was something new to me. Understanding the information hidden in our two DNA strands is definitely a science. Thankfully, there are companies around, to make it a bit easier to understand and how to apply our genetic history to our lives today. I became very interested in the company after I met them at Rootstech earlier this year. Kailos is a DNA testing company; Continue reading

What Makes Rootstech So Special?

What Makes Rootstech So Special?

Last week was Rootstech 2016; held in Salt Lake City, where me and 25,000 of my closest friends attended the world's largest Family History Expo. Author Bruce Feiler, called it the "Super Bowl of Storytelling." Rootstech is a unique experience, a place where there is something for everyone, from the family history newbie, to the more advanced researcher, from the youngster to those more "seasoned." There is something for everyone in the family. Where else can you see everything from a Harley riding TV host like Stan Ellsworth, a self-described Black Chinese woman like Paula Madison, bloggers Love Taza, the human Guinea Pig and World's Largest Reunion organizer A.J. Jacobs, writer Bruce Feiler and Pulitzer Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, politician Michael Leavitt and Story Corps David Isay all share about family stories? FamilySearch's new CEO, Steve Rockwood, totally slayed his opening keynote address, where he said, "Genealogists are heart specialists. We need Continue reading

Memorial Day – Wiley T. Johnston

Memorial Day – Wiley T. Johnston

My ancestors are fighters. They are an extremely patriotic bunch and can be found in every war of our country. One ancestor’s story I find especially compelling is that of my third great grandfather, Wiley T. Johnston. Wiley, the second of 12 children, was born and lived in Corona, Alabama. In October of 1863, he became a 19-year-old private in Alabama’s 28th Infantry. Wiley’s first military action came one month later at the Battle of Lookout Mountain. There he was taken as a prisoner of war and sent to Rock Island Prison in Illinois, where he was kept until the end of the war. The researcher and historian in me became engrossed in learning about this prison, previously unknown to me. Disease, malnutrition, overcrowding, and cold caused the deaths of more than 2,000 prisoners. It was -32° F and snowing when Wiley entered the prison in December 1863 – pretty cold for a southern boy. Wiley was released at the end of the war to walk the more than 730 miles back home, Continue reading

My Mom is Fierce

Here's my post that was included in Familysearch's blog post that featured other family historian's (like AJ Jacobs, Lisa Alzo and others) favorite mom memories. It was a fun read, go check them all out here. “My mother is loving, but fierce. The mother of seven children, she had her last child at the age of 47 and her first at 18. She has no patience for quitters and those who don’t try. Growing up her frequent saying when we said we couldn't do something (which was apparently often) was, ‘can’t never could.’ That saying never failed to make me mad when I was growing up. I wanted to quit, I wanted it to be easy – shoot, I wanted my mom to do it for me! Mom wasn't having any of it. I may have been her baby, but she didn't believe in babying me or anyone else. While I did not appreciate it at all when I was younger, I am so very grateful…now. Mom taught me to fly on my own, to not give up when things were tough, and to now say to my own children the dreaded, but Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 30

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 30

Day 30 - Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep No one really likes to think about it, but eventually we will all leave this life and so we might as well have a say about. What do we want to say about the life we have led? What do we want others to say about us or to remember about us? What would we want our legacy to be? We can pick out our music, the clothes we want to be buried in, but our legacy is what matters, what we leave behind is being shaped everyday by our choices now.  Choose wisely. Today in your journal write down what you want at your funeral, what you want said about you. Make your wishes known. Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 27

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 27

Day 27 - What Are Your Priorities What does success mean to you? What does it look like? When I achieve ________, then I will know that I am successful. Our success is determined largely by what our priorities are. So, take a minute to think about that and begin journaling about that. Now, where do you invest your time and energy? Do they reflect your priorities? We often need a reminder to focus on what matters most. The expedient can take our lives hostage and our priorities, can get lost. Don't let things that matter most be forgotten or relegated to last place. Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 26

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 26

Day 26 - My Dreams For My Family If you could wish anything for your posterity, what would it be? What opportunities and chances do you hope they will have? In what type of world do you hope they will live? What do you hope they achieve, explore, or learn? What things do you hope they will avoid? Write in your journal these dreams and make your intentions known. Dreams can come true. Maybe yours will, start the fire. Continue reading