Family History

Do you have a box or several albums of old family pictures that you are not quite sure what to do with?  Do you have letters and maybe other documents from your grandparents or great grandparents that are important to you to preserve?  Are there family stories that need to be written down for your grandchildren?  Or perhaps you just want to find out more about your ancestors and are not sure where or how to begin.

The UMRA Family History Interest Group was started in October 2020.  The idea is to learn how others have researched their family history and what they have done with the important pieces of their family history.

During 2022-2023 the UMRA Family History Interest Group will continue to meet by ZOOM on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Our sessions will be:

October 19, 2022:  Family History Tourism--traveling to places our ancestors came from: Kevina and Lee Munnich Jr. 

December 7, 2022: How to use your DNA analysis: John Anderson, Larry Rudnick, Craig Swan

February 15, 2023:  Ways to engage family members in Family History:    Jan Morlock, Donna Weispfenning

April 12, 2023:  Current Family History--telling the stories of generations still living:   Vicki Gaylord, Larry Rudnick

May 17, 2023:  Family Stories: Jeanne Matross and then general Q and A with Lynn C. Anderson and Craig Swan

Please contact Lynn Anderson <> or Craig Swan <> to get on the email list for the FHIG.

Links to recordings of earlier ZOOM presentations, slides and resource handouts are in the left margin of this page.


My Family History

Starting with a short family story from my Grandmother, I traced and documented the Civil War experiences of my great grandfather, George Swift.

My paternal grandfather Hildum Anselm Anderson was in France during the WWI and in France, Luxembourg, and Germany after WWI...

I have put together a concise listing of my paternal grandfather’s family.

I wanted to share with my descendants my memories of growing up on the edge of Yellowstone Park.

My husband and I helped my mother write her autobiography.

I have letters my father wrote to his parents during World War II.

My parents’ albums…were falling apart…

…how I've organized photos for my family.

Descendant Wheel



Family History Events

Event Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 10:00am
Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal, Norway. Photo: Visit Norway

UMRA members Lee and Kevina Munnich will discuss how they have combined visiting their ancestral homelands with their travels in Europe when the Family History Interest Group meets via Zoom on October 19.