Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Are you and your children losing your Pioneer Heritage?

Larry Cragun wrote a touching blog post entitled, "Did Someone Steal Your Pioneer Heritage." I am afraid that the people who need to read such a post are probably not the ones reading it. On the other hand, my question is directed to those of you in the Church who have pioneer heritage and don't know about it. You are an active member and worried about serving others, but have failed to transmit your heritage to your children and their children. I meet you every time I go to Church. I even see a few of your serving the Family History related capacities, including dedicated Temple workers.

My question is not one of staying in the Church or keeping the commandments (except the ones about seeking out your dead), it is more aimed at those who know a little about their grandparents but have never spent the time or effort to learn the stories. I met one of these people the other day who was a descendant of Jacob Hamblin but could not tell me how he was related. Now, if you are from Sourthern Utah or anywhere in Arizona and have pioneer ancestors, you should know about Jacob Hamblin.

What is the difference if you leave the Church and your posterity loses their pioneer heritage or if you, simply, by lack of interest or motivation, fail to learn about your ancestors and your posterity never hears the stories? The moral consequences may not be the same, but the effect on their knowledge of their pioneer heritage certainly is the same.

Where can you go to learn about your ancestors and their trials and tribulations as pioneers? May I suggest You may find that someone more charitable than you has posted photos and stories about your own ancestors. You may also want to look at all of the following websites for further information:

That should get you started. One final observation. Part of the issue here is a lack of awareness on the part of the members generally about the Church's vast online resources. If you are reading this post, how about taking the time to make one more person aware of the historical resources available from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If that is asking too much, how about reposting this post on Facebook or Twitter? 

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