We thought I might be interesting to learn a bit about our officers’ experiences with their own genealogy. Here’s what they had to say.

President Brenda Sanchez

The year 1961 is very significant. My introduction to genealogy began and has been a continuing quest. I realized how much I love a mystery. As a detective following the clues with “YES” a magnifying glass, Notebook and pen in hand. I celebrate every tiny exciting find. While exploring history, places and things, I enjoy placing ancestors in history, in different places and finding items.
One of my discoveries took me to the sand hills of Nebraska. This trip turned into an archaeological dig. Family lived on this site in a Sod house in the 1800’s.  The sands of time shifted and exposed metal items.  A buggy hub, a metal hinge, the top part of a cast iron stove and a cast iron plate with a brand name and the date of 1881.  One of the relatives that took us to the site and was born in the Sod house said” how amazing none of the trips to the site over many years yielded anything,” I never know what my next search will reveal.

Vice-President Phylis Jorgenson

How long have you been doing genealogy?
Over 25 yrs

What got you interested in it?
My dad was adopted and wanted to know who his birth parents were

What’s your “greatest find”?
Finding and meeting new cousins. Most recent find was discovering what happened to my grandpa’s sister.

Do you have a brick wall? If so, what is it?
Finding my dad’s birth parents

Treasurer Samantha Morales

“It’s April 28, 1868 and today is my birthday.  I am 23 years old. I am on a “full-rigger”, called the “Bark Tanaro”.  I left my home 8 days ago to leave for America.  It was indeed a terrible day to leave my parents, my siblings and my childhood home which I loved so much, but the decision was made and I know, I may never see them again.  We left on April 20th from Risør, Norway bound for Quebec in Canada.  The captain’s name is Captain Torjus Thorvildesen.  There are 89 passengers on board.” |
Genealogy brings joy and enrichment in my life. It relieves my stress.  It teaches me patience. It gives me a social life.  It began years ago with my father-in-law.  We were the only ones in our families that had any interest.  We shared mid-night calls with a sudden discovery or excitement when the mail came and there was a vital record! My greatest find?  A neat group of friends.  I know that’s not what the question meant, but…it’s true.
I believe in strong women. Thora, my great, great grandmother…last line of her journal entry: “…we have to be in our bunks by 10:00 PM.  All is quiet except for the wind and the waves.” And so, it begins…

Secretary Kathy Morrow

How long have you been doing genealogy
I started in the 1980’s

What got you interested in it?
When I was on vacation in Salt Lake City we stopped at the Family History Library for the tour. My husband found a book he thought might interest me. It included the diary of an ancestress who traveled the Oregon Trail. She talks about the decision to go to Oregon, about going back to Ohio to visit her mother for the last time, and about weaving the flour sacks and wagon canopy.  Her description of packing the wagon is so detailed that you can draw it. And I was hooked!

What’s your “greatest find”?
The diary I mentioned above.

Do you have a brick wall? If so, what is it?
My 5th great grandfather Anderson. His son, William Carlyle Anderson was born about 1783 in Maryland, married in KY and died in 1841 in Indiana. I suspect but haven’t been able to prove that his father or grandfather was the Maryland Daniel Anderson who married Mary Carlyle, but he’s proved very elusive so far.