Leaping into Family History

Posted: Tuesday, March 09, 2004

As medical science uncovers more and more information about our DNA and how we are linked to our ancestors, the more interested people are becoming in tracking their family history.

Last weekend anyone interested in uncovering their family roots were invited to a Genealogy Open House sponsored by the Soldotna Family History Center. The afternoon featured guest speakers, including Sharon Bushell writer of Alaska pioneer stories, and archivist Bruce Parham, of the Anchorage National Archives. Workshops were available throughout the day on a myriad of topics related to gathering family history. The open house included displays from community members and hands on Internet exploring. There was an heirloom quilt display and instruction on scrapbook making techniques by Misty Memory of Soldotna among the many tables where those interested in everything from story telling to researching archives could learn from those experienced in tracing family histories.

Alaine Maw is the Directory of the Soldotna Family History Center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and has been helping people trace their genetic roots for more than 15 years, "We have librarians from the community and about 30 volunteers from our church that come in and help people from the community trace their ancestry. We can help them get free information on line at ancestry.com as well as the well know familysearch.org from our church, we have the computers and resources as well as order films to help people find original documents," said Maw. The draw to know details about our ancestors seems to be part of our heart felt nature according to Maw, "It's a feeling of being connected, there is a connection with our families that just hits your heart the more you know about your families history and their lives," added Maw. Those who were unable to attend the open house are welcome to visit the Soldotna Family History Center, for more information contact Alaine Maw at the Center at 262-3581.

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