Resolved White (Mayflower)
Also from William White
John Cooke (Mayflower)
Francis Cook + Hester Mahieu (Mayflower)
Richard Warren (Mayflower)
How many of you knew that we had ancestors that came over on the Mayflower?! I was in San Francisco last week and saw a friend who's in charge of family history for the singles' ward. We started talking about it, and she pulled out her computer and we started looking at my lineage...and look what we found. I suddenly felt so American...our ancestors were pilgrims and this makes us something like 12th generation! I found that we had relatives from the Netherlands, France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and of course, England. The oldest record I found was of an ancestor born in 1389 in Ireland!! And that's only the Scott side of the family. I haven't even started to look at the Christensens, Croshaws or Pooles.
But really...more overwhelming than the sudden sense of patriotism I felt was the spiritual turning of my heart. The spirit of Elijah was definitely working on me as I looked through generations and generations of our ancestors' names. If you haven't seen it, the church has a really cool new family history website: new.familysearch.org. You're able to set up your own pedigree chart, and then you can link to ancestors who are already in the system. It shows you who has and who hasn't received temple ordinances. If you link them to yourself, as I have done, the site allows you to easily do the work for them the next time you go to the temple. I can't believe I've been doing temple work for perfect strangers all of these years, when I've had so many ancestors waiting. I've made a commitment to myself, starting today, that when I go to the temple, I will only do work for my ancestors. (Until it's all done, of course.) In fact, I think we should make it a family goal! What do you think?