She was a beautiful, young Irish maid, working in a wealthy English household. Her employer’s oldest son fell in love with her. When he announced intentions to marry her, his parents said they would disown him. He married her anyway. Then, bride and groom ran away to live happily ever after. “Her name was Mary Cordial,” my maternal grandmother Marilyn Matilda Dietz told me, that distinct glimmer of pleasure in her eyes—the one she always had when she retold this story. “And you are her legacy.”

This blog is a resource for those who want to--have to--find out more about who they came from.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Writing A Family History

For those of us who've struggled with how exactly to go about organizing that teetering pile of notes and documents into some understandable form that might be shared with future generations, there's a video from BYU-TV with lots of good advice. Warning: It's a little dry, but I recommend patience, as well as having a pad and pen handy for taking notes. 

BYU TV - Writing a Family History (24 minutes):