Letter — Finding family with church
March 14, 2003
About a year ago, I attended the Latter-day Saint’s family history program in hopes that I could locate a family member that I hardly knew — my father. I spent an enjoyable weekend, learning research tools and techniques. After that first weekend, I spent a few evenings at the family history center fine-tuning my newfound skills. With the help of the folks at the center, it didn’t take long to find out that my father had died in Sacramento in 1984. With the information that I retrieved from my father’s death certificate and the help of the Internet, I located an uncle in Paso Robles. He told me that I had a cousin who lived in Reno but worked at Harveys. (Since my brother and I were raised in the Bay Area spending summers here, I found this new piece of information remarkable.) After contacting my cousin, my brother and I arranged to meet him at Harveys. Since that day, my life has been enriched by my “new found” relatives … thanks to my cousin, Ron, and his wife, Donna, who welcomed us with open arms.
In April, my brother and I will travel to meet our uncle and other family members in Paso Robles. As the time grows close to this unique family reunion, I wanted to share my experience to encourage others to research their family’s history. I also wanted to thank the Church of Latter-day Saints for providing our community with the resources that aided me to find my father’s family.
Theresa W. Brown
South Lake Tahoe
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