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Most of us have some interest in our ancestors. My great grandfather was born on the plains on the Sweetwater River in Wyoming in 1847. A month later, in October, they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. They had passed Brigham Young who headed the Pioneer Party at Fort Bridger who was returning to gather his family at Far West and they found only a few men in the valley tending the fields sowed by the Pioneer Party. Both sets of my grandmother's grandparents were on the wagon train called the Rich Party after my great granduncle, Charles Rich, Jr. My grandmother was a Porter but her parents were cousins, Porter and Rich. They settled Portersville, Utah and other areas. The Riches settled Rich County, Utah, parts of Idaho and other places. My father was born above a saloon in Bountiful, Utah which is now a historical site. His family lived in Rich County, near Soda Springs, Idaho (where he and his father almost starved to death), Bear Lake, Idaho, Delta, Utah (a second homestead), and finally, SLC back where it all started.

I know these things because my grandparents lived with me at times. They told me their histories, that my paternal grandfather was from North Wales (Llandudno), was injured quarring granite for the Salt Lake Mormon Temple, was a powerman and cobbler before becoming a farmer of sorts. My mother's mother lived with us. She was born in South Wales, was reared in a sugar bowl and then a shoe box with the promise to her mother by her doctor that she would die but it was OK to feed her for a while with an eye dropper.

That is where you should start your family search, with your relatives. Ask your grandparents if possible, then aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., if they have birth and death and marraige information for members of your family. Are there any family histories floating around? Is anyone doing genealogy that you can use in your search?

Look in old Bibles, journals, look at photographs and read what is on the back. Copy anything that is of interest. My mother's father died when she was 14 years old. She became the "breadwinner." She and my aunt worked in a boarding house supporting her mother and two younger sisters. My mother was born in Silver City, Utah, a tent city mining silver in Western Utah. She lived in the Utah mining towns and was living in Bingham City, Utah when her father died. The canyon town has since been eaten up by the Kennecott copper mine. Her halp brother joined the army and went to France during WWI. He sent home his monthly pay of $30.00 to his mother. Joining army was the only way he could help. His sister, my mother's half sister joined a circus. She slid down a wire by her teeth and she performed in a bear act. See what you can dig up!

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