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I used to work for MyHeritage, where I ran Internet advertising for FamilyLink and WorldVitalRecords. I also edited the WorldVitalRecords newsletter and wrote some of the features, which also appear at the WorldVitalRecords blog. Some of these articles are about types of family history data; some are more about my own experience; and at least one or two are a bit silly — such as the piece born from my own and a colleague’s interviews of undertakers.
by David Rodeback
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It’s the early 1970s in an American university town. The Vietnam War rages overseas, and antiwar sentiment simmers at home. The culture of free love and homegrown marijuana finds, on most days, an uneasy truce with the masses of ordinary people, who are simply trying to eke out ordinary lives.
Five-year-old Joey’s world rapidly expands to include school, church, a best friend who comes and goes, a major change in his family, social issues he doesn’t quite understand, and economic challenges he doesn’t yet appreciate. Joey’s hard-working, single mom struggles to make ends meet, while Joey discovers, in his five-year-old way, the ups and downs of tornadoes, prairie dogs, recess, dictionaries, prowlers, friendship, running away, arson, and health care — all while trying to figure out which people in his little world are hippies, and which are “people like us.”
More a book for adults about childhood than a book for children, this charming and gentle tribute to mothers, fathers, and little boys invites readers to bask in their own childhood memories. The essential qualities of childhood transcend place and time, and every five year old is in some sense a philosopher.[/one_half]
Personal History and Essays
of Bertha Artelle Noble Babcock
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This book gathers autobiographical essays by Bertha Artelle Noble Babcock (1896-1982), who lived in Utah and Idaho, and served an LDS mission in the American South. Essays included are “My Childhood,” “My School Days,” “Father Is Called on a Mission,” “My Mission,” “My Church Work,” “My Marriage and Family,” “Our ‘Other Grandma'” (about her husband’s mother, Judith Hannah King Babcock), and “Sheepherders I Have Known.” The Second Edition contains additional photos and indexes of persons and places mentioned in the essays.
Born in Kaysville, Utah, in 1896, Bertha Artelle Noble lived most of her life in the Lost River area of Idaho, near Arco. She served as an LDS (Mormon) missionary in the southern United States, then returned home, married Ross Osborn Babcock, and bore and raised eight children.
Edited and compiled by Elizabeth Noble Babcock Rodeback, Jon Rodeback, and David Rodeback.[/one_half_last]