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From: "Helen S. Ullmann" <>
Subject: What got me started?
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 10:20:22 -0500
Well, I really started when I was about 30. About ten years earlier,
when I went to summer school in Oslo, Norway, I met some relatives and
collected some information. Then when I came home I decided it was silly
to keep all that stuff. Let the dead bury their dead, etc. There were
more important things in life. It took me years and study of the
Norwegian language to overcome that loss.
But when I was about 30 and was investigating the Mormon Church, I was
reading Legrande Richards' little book called A MARVELOUS WORK AND A
WONDER. It said someone in each family had a special ability to search
out ancestors. Suddenly I just knew that was me! I felt an enormous
curiousity and jumped in. It wasn't long before I was totally hooked.
Not only do I love researching my ancestors (and other people's), I love
writing them up, documenting every bit of data precisely, and seeing it
all in print -- some on the Internet, but mostly in print that will not
need to be migrated into a new electronic format every few years.
And the funny thing is that I have never been able to find that
statement in that book since!
Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG
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