My Mother’s Mind

My mother’s love, her service and sacrifice, her canned peaches that were better than candy — all of these deserve their own essays. But today I’ve been thinking about her mind.

Elizabeth Babcock Rodeback and siblings
Mom and her seven siblings. She’s in the front row, second from the left.

She grew up in Lost River, a tight-knit farming community nestled in a valley just beyond Arco, Idaho. Her dad survived one of the grimmest episodes of World War I, before returning home to start a family and to raise sheep, cattle, and grain. Her mother served an LDS mission to the Southern States, but not before setting an example of sacrifice in pursuit of education.

So my tale begins with Grandma, since it must begin somewhere.

Finding My People in the US Census

Here I trace one line of my ancestors through three US censuses, 1920, 1930, and 1940. Along the way, I list — and in a few cases — decode annotations on census forms. The task is made easier by the fact that they all lived in a small valley for decades — which, let’s be honest, is why I chose this line for my example.

Follow this link: Finding My People in the US Census

Four Ways to Publish Those Family Treasures

When I decided it was time to republish my maternal grandmother’s biographical essays for the family, about a generation after the first time we published them, they printed up nicely, but that didn’t seem like enough. I also published them for Kindle and Nook, and as a PDF file I could easily e-mail.

Follow this link: Four Ways to Publish Those Family Treasures