"Get a cardboard box. Any kind of a box will do. Put it someplace where it is in the way, perhaps on the couch or on the counter in the kitchen—anywhere where it cannot go unnoticed. Then, over a period of a few weeks, collect and put into the box every record of your life, such as your birth certificate, your certificate of blessing, your certificate of baptism, your certificate of ordination, and your certificate of graduation. Collect diplomas, all of the photographs, honors, or awards, a diary if you have kept one, everything that you can find pertaining to life; anything that is written, or registered, or recorded that testifies that you are alive and what you have done."That's it...a cardboard box! That's pretty do-able, don't you think? I can totally throw stuff into a cardboard box. That's not exactly what I did when I got home from church today, but because he made it sound so simple, I got on the website and just started poking around. I had entered some family names already, but it was a long time ago. So, this time, since I have a whole new set of branches to add to my family tree, I started with a different set of names. I added my mother, Chris, and her parents, Irene and Ralph, who have both passed away. It was fairly easy to find their obituaries on the internet. (Oh, how I love Google.) But when I put their names into new.familysearch.org, it filled in about 6 additional generations. And guess what! Their temple work has all been done! Cool, huh? Well, there are a few gaps, but a LOT of the Temple work has been done.
So, here are some fun things about this amazing website (these pictures are from my phone because I don't know how to copy them off my computer)
|Here's what my birth mother's line looks like. I just put in all this stuff last night.|