Family History Karma: Helping One Another on the Journey

Family history can be like a road journey in many ways. We have research goals, project goals, and usually a large list of documents to research or scan, places to visit, and discoveries to make in our limited time. Why stop our own journey to help someone else on theirs? Because karma works in genealogy journeys too!

A Reunion of Records: Giving Family Reunions a Higher Purpose

From venues to menus, reunion planning involves numerous parts, including meals, activities, displays, entertainment, games, and publicity. While most family reunions include heritage-related displays and activities, we believe family reunions are a unique and ideal setting for accomplishing important family history goals, including record gathering and digitization.

Kindex Gather Services

Do you have boxes of papers, letters, and journals and don’t know where to start? Do you want to index (transcribe and tag) your family records but the process of scanning everything seems overwhelming? Kindex offers many services that help families organize, digitize and archive their family records. Gather Services Record organization. Organize and prioritize your letters, journals,…

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…