Fast forward a few months. At Christmas time, we met a delightful man, whom we will call Preston. He is formerly from American Fork, Utah and felt strongly impressed two years ago to move to Romania to work on family history. In the past two years, he has literally become a walking, talking family history encyclopedia. We think he knows everything important about how to do it well here.
Two days later, our district president stops me in the hall and asks me to create a family history program in my branch. Needless to say, I am very excited and honestly, have no excuses.
Why do family history? We have discovered there is a great spirit associated with learning about these amazing people. Most often, they lived ordinary lives, but considering what they had, it is extraordinary to consider who they existed and even thrived in their circumstances. We often realize we are wimps by comparison. By learning about them, we are learning who we really are.
There are many advantages for doing family history research here. There are excellent records, often extending back to the 1600’s. Second, people at that time did not move. When you find a family, you likely have found several generations! Finally, we have Preston, who knows exactly where to go to get every type of record in each of the 41 counties and municipalities of Romania.
Today we have included some pictures of our family! It’s not Romanian, but they are very important to us.