General Laborer

I have looked at enough census records to know that the center column—the occupation—is where much of the lives of my ancestors are revealed. While many researches take pride in a discovery of distinction—a gentleman perhaps, or a minister, doctor, or politician—I have yet to strike gold in a vein of worldly merit. Rather, as…

Kindex Software: Worth the Wait

We appreciate your patience and support as we move forward. They say the first year in business is the hardest, and we can attest that this is true. But we are determined to be successful, as we believe to the core in our vision: to gather what is scattered, reveal what is hidden and find what is lost.

Remembering Cody Black

May is Foster Care Month, so we’d like to honor Dorothy and Ellsworth Clark, foster parents to Cody Black (1947-2010). Dorothy and Ellsworth not only taught and nurtured Cody in his teenage years, but went to great lengths to learn about and love the Navajo culture and people. They visited Cody’s home in Arizona several times, gave of their…

The Bicycle

That Yale was the only bicycle I had growing up. When I got tired of the color, I painted it a different one. I would completely take the bicycle apart from one end to the other and reassemble it again. I knew that bike backwards and forwards and probably rode it several thousand miles. I had no desire to have another bike, and it wasn’t until my interests shifted to cars that I parked my Yale in the back of the garage, never to be ridden again.

Dorothy to Ellsworth, 25 April 1934

To commemorate Dorothy Smith Clark’s birthday on 26 April 1911, here is a transcription of a letter to her fiancé Ellsworth M. Clark. This letter shows her playful personality and hints at the number of suitors Dorothy had. Letter from the Dorothy Smith Clark Archive. -CG 947 Crandall Ave S.L.C. Utah April 24/34 Darling, It…

Letters from Aunt Dona

“That you find you have another mountain to climb just when you felt you were reaching the top, darn it has to be hard. But, Katie, not too hard for you.”

Indexing Hugs and Kisses: Building a Narrative Genealogy

One of my favorite letters we have from our grandmother Dorothy Smith was written when she was just nine years old. It’s the earliest letter we have from her. Dorothy’s mother June was out of town for an extended period working on a medical certification when Dorothy writes to her. The letter reveals  the usual…

Love Letters Part III—Love Realized

[Dorothy and Ellsworth become engaged in the Spring of 1933, yet the are still spending summers apart while Ellsworth works in Idaho, and then later when he serves a six-month mission in Colorado. -Cathy] [Ellsworth to Dorothy, 29 July 1933] It is evening. The earth is fresh and green from the summers first rain. The…

Love Letters Part II—Missing Dorothy

[Ellsworth to Dorothy 9 July 1932] As I sit here all alone I wonder what you are doing now. Are you having a good time! I hope so because it would compensate in some measure for the wonderful time I’m having. Wonderful – like fun. Tonight while near the Union Pacific line irrigating No. 18…

Love Letters Part I: Early Days

For Valentine’s Day Weekend, we’re posting our favorite excerpts from our archive of love letters between Dorothy Smith and Ellsworth M. Clark. It’s 1932, and their relationship is quite young and unsettled. Ellsworth, on summer break in his hometown of Idaho, emerges as the lovesick but hopeful partner, while the playful Dorothy doesn’t seem quite  ready to settle down. —Cathy Detail from…

Kindex Beta: What to Expect Now and in the Future

Update 22 February 2016: At this stage our software has limited functionality, but we are still on schedule for a Beta test launch the beginning of March. Among other things, you will see more options for uploading records, increased functionality with the transcription and tagging tools, as well as more robust sharing features. If you…

RootsTech Innovator Showdown: A Silver Lining

We are in the thick of RootsTech and are frankly amazed at the encouraging support we have received from family historians here who are excited about our indexing product. Although we learned we will not be moving forward to the finals, we are amazed at the progress we’ve made in just four months! Let’s recap: October, 2015 Kimball…