Family letters: Opening the door to our ancestor’s lives

If a photo is a window into a family’s life, then a letter must be the door whereby you enter. This 1904 portrait of the Emma Woolley and Charles Rich Clark family is beautiful, but offers few clues about the challenges, personalities and relationships between these family members. Today, we transcribed a letter written by…

Turn Hearts this Father’s Day

Get face-to-face with your family’s history Kindex—the RootsTech 2017 Innovator Showdown People’s Choice Award Winner—is excited to announce an amazing deal to celebrate Father’s Day. Get face-to-face with your family’s history and discover the heart-changing power of a Kindex Archive for only $99! Invite your children to transcribe your grandfather’s journal. Read your grandmother’s letters…

Announcing new batch & collections features for your Kindex archive

Kindex is excited to announce the release of two major software updates that enable Kindex users to customize and grow their archives in powerful new ways. 1. Add & Organize Records into Collections Archive owners can now create Collections within their archives to organize their records. With collections, you can organize your records any way you wish. For…

Find What is Lost: Introducing found.kindex.org

A few weeks ago I was browsing in an antique shop when a stack of old photos caught my eye. As I examined these portraits and family poses one by one, I discovered names written on the back:  David A. Page. Teddy O. Keefer. Ester Olson. How did they get lost? As a self-proclaimed hoarder of my own…

Announcing the Release of Collaborative & Public Archives

Announcing the release the Kindex Collaborative Upgrade, the best way to bring family and friends together on a single, online archive. Upgrade to Collaborative and transform your archive into a destination where friends or family can help gather, index, and search—or simply enjoy reading family records. Also released today is the option to create a Public…

“Male-Help-Only”: Breaking the Glass Ceiling in 1929

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we are sharing the stories of women who are examples of strength and courage.  It was December 1929, just a few weeks after the stock market crash, and many families were feeling the pinch. As a teenager growing up in the 1920’s Dorothy Smith developed an interest in art, and enjoyed…

A Gold Star Mother’s Letter: “I am not converted to wars”

Lehi Larson Smith1, son of Emma Larson and Jesse N. Smith, died in the Argonne Forest in France on October 28, 1918, while fighting as a soldier in World War I. His mother Emma later said that she knew she had lost her son from the moment it happened, and that there was no surprise when…

Ellsworth to Dorothy, 9 June 1932

Georgetown, Idaho 7:45 AM. Thursday, 6-9-32 Dear Dorothy, Even though I sit here listening to the same radio program that you are able to hear in Salt Lake, it seems as though I am a very long distance aways away from you. After I left you about 3:40 a.m. I went back to the Apt….