Posted by Dinah on December 19, 2004, at 13:20:42
In reply to Re: Faith of My Fathers » Dinah, posted by rayww on December 19, 2004, at 10:42:33
Coalville is a separate community.
I figure with the number of descendents my Mormon ancestors had, I'm relatively anonymous still. :)
I wouldn't be at all surprised if we weren't related in some way. A few of my mother's ancestors were not only influential and prolific, but they seem to be related by marriage to many other Mormon families.
I don't recall offhand the exact towns, but I have a few books written about the more influential families. And by my understanding, a book was recently published about my Great-Grandfather. I'm waiting for my copy. The books are so intimate. Not only do they give geneology information, and the dates and town information, but there are letters and personal reminiscinses. I am so glad my mother is interested in all that, and so I have access to it.
By sheer chance, I also have some information about my catholic father's grandfather and his children. My father's aunt wrote a biography that is mainly about her romance with my father's uncle, and she was best friends with my father's aunt. Since my father never was all that forthcoming about his family, it really means a lot to me to have that glimpse.
I'm not sure why the connections to the past mean so very much to me, but they do. Every once in a while I really start researching geneology, and trying to find out who these people really were. I attempted to look up records in the small town in mid-England that my grandfather's parents came from. But it's a lot of work and I usually peter out of energy quickly.
The acceptance comes very easily to me, so I hate to take credit for it. Maybe it comes from being raised both Catholic and Mormon, and having so many friends of other religions. I became fascinated with the origin and development of religions. How they differ and where they agree. I'd love to find out even more. Plus, I suppose, since none of them exactly reflect my own faith, I don't have an enormously strong connection to any particular religion. My husband always says I'll have to start my own. :)