My Family History

(April 2012)

Family History, I am doing it!

Confession: I am not really a Merrill. I just married one. (smile!) My husband's family has just started a family history website by invitation only - if you're interested in Merrill Family history, contact Christine Russell (teenyr @ for access to the site, Family History, I am doing it!!



The Turner Heritage book is my dad's side's family history - and was out of print until recently.  Ok, it is still "out of print", but it is now available in electronic format.  You can view it here.  Let all your Turner relatives know that the book is available - everyone deserves to have access to their own family history!


A couple of Bryson resources:

The Vern Bryson autobiography, transcribed by the incredibly patient Megan McGrath. 

The Bryson Family History book, compiled by my mother, and published on the internet by myself - because paper copies are a pain :)

To my generation:  Why you should care about Family History.

Family History is for old people who have time to work on it, right?  What's wrong with that?  I'll tell you what the problem is:  tons of old paper records and obsolete computer files that nobody can understand when Grandma passes on.  (This is no disrespect to my very computer-savvy family history Grandmother, who is a marvelous exception.)  Sure, your whole family history has been done.  But does anybody know what it is?  Has anybody passed the information on to the next generation?

In Ezra, the children of priests whose genealogy was lost after the Babylonian captivity were denied the priesthood because they could not show that they were of priestly lineage.  (Ezra 2:62)  Here's the newsflash that I've had while I've been working on my family history:  It's not Grandma's responsibility to make sure I know what my heritage is.  And it's amazing how much of that information is getting harder to find as people get older.  I thought that if I wanted my genealogy, I would just ask, and a nice computer disk or some paper copies would be supplied with all the information I need - NOPE!  Someone has some information, but they think that So-and-So has more.  So-and-So claims that he never had any of that, it was Aunt Jane... 

Computers have completely changed the nature of Family History, and who is best poised to gather all the information and make it accessible to other family members?  It's us, the people who grew up with computers.  We have to make sure that the information makes it to our generation!

If I've inspired you at all, and you are in my family, you can talk to me about how you can help.  Let's work together in this great work!