Give family history for Christmas--personal, intimate, unique,
touching—a once in a lifetime gift.
Last year I prepared a special Christmas Gift for my dad. And
I wish you could have seen the look of surprise and then joy that spread
across my father's face as he unwrapped his gift--a family history with
excerpts from the diaries of his great-grandfather, Thomas Jeremy, written
in his own hand.
Thomas Jeremy describes leaving Wales
to come to America. And how his sister Sarah clung to his arm, tears
in her eyes. She gathered her little ones under her shawl to protect
them from the sting of the cold sea spray, as Thomas reassured her: "My darling Sarah, you
can come in the Fall. The crossing will be safer and far more comfortable
then." Sarah closed her eyes and held on all the tighter. "My
heart will break," he thought to himself, "if any barrier stops
me from sending for Sarah and her children."
Thomas wrote his diary in English, not Welsh, because he knew his posterity
would grow up among people who spoke English, not Welsh. What a special
treat! And how my Dad's eyes glistened with unshed tears of joy--never
will I forget the expression that illuminated his face that Christmas day.
My Dad's touching response set me thinking...
How many fathers or daughters or grandmothers or grandsons would love
to receive such a gift? Would yours?
You can have this same awesome, spine-tingling experience I did. With
an acid-free Heritage Binder chock full of family
history facts and stories, maps showing where the family lived and what migration
trail they followed, monumental inscriptions from their tombstones,
copies of their original marriage certificates, and entries from their military
service and pension records--with information often written in their own
Did you know, that unless he was exempt or he lived in
another country, your great-grandfather served in the Civil War for one side
or the other--or perhaps he became an "enlightened Yankee" switching sides
in the middle of the War to ensure that his wife and children did not perish
from starvation. And his enlistment papers provide a full physical
description, including the color of his eyes!
Even newly arrived Irish immigrants, fleeing
the aftermath of the Great Famine, served in special regiments. Even German
teens, who left their homeland to avoid being drafted for service in
the local rebellions that swept across Europe in the middle of the nineteenth
century, served. They served to get citizenship two years early,
and for veterans' benefits when they applied for Western mining lands
just opening up under the Homestead Act.
Even civilians served: making and repairing uniforms (tailors),
constructing ships and submarines in coastal bayous with rented and leased
slave labor (sail makers and machinists), forging weapons and those round
iron balls used in cannons--the kind that left craters in the bunkers and
tore whole limbs from young bodies (iron forgers), harvesting salt-peter
for gunpowder and fuses.
It is ancestors like your great-grandfather and his brothers who put real
meaning into the American flag and those patriotic stirrings that
swell your breast until you think your whole being will burst!
Did you know that Grant's Army suffered 2,000 casualties
each and every day--even when no major battle was fought. That’s
why even brave men were “sick in hospital” or “deserted” on
morning reports. Did you know that more than twice as many men died
of disease than died of battle wounds?
Did you know that the American Red Cross was born because
your ancestor and mine required nursing and food--mothers and sisters and
wives at home were expected to feed and clothe their
own men once they had been taken to a hospital or prison? And
when the food became scarce, it was this new American Red Cross who filled
the slack with donations collected throughout the nation.
Neither did I--until I began to trace the military service of great-grandfathers
for clients, just like yourself, who wanted to know about the lives of these
men. With tears in their eyes, these clients, thanked me again
and again, just like my dad did.
You and your Family can Have all the Fun of Discovery--
I, personally, would love to help you share, within your own family, these
same heart-tugging feelings. Hire me! Let my
skills, my wide research experience, my 96% success rate create
for you a priceless Genealogy Christmas Gift. A once
in a lifetime gift!
You can have all the fun of discovery--every single pulse-racing discovery. You,
too, can visualize what it was like "to be shot at." Shot at
point-blank range! Because you get copies of all the original documents,
the maps, the letters, and the casualty reports. Every single, eye-popping
little detail is included for you to pour over with your family, in writing,
and on audio-tape--a special bonus for those family members who
have difficulty reading. And we can supply additional packages
for all those family members who want their own "book" and tape for
a nominal cost.
Hire me! You can entrust your genealogy Christmas
Gift to me. I have been in the genealogy business in Salt Lake City
UT since 1972; and now in Tremonton UT since 1986. If I receive
your order by July 31st, I guarantee your family history package
will arrive right after Thanksgiving--enough time for you to determine how
many extra copies you want. And enough time to stage a truly magnificent
Christmas bash with all your relatives present--they need time too, to put
your party on their holiday calendar.
Arlene H. Eakle, PhD
P.S. For the do-it-yourself genealogy buffs on your
list, I can recommend the perfect genealogy research companion: Family
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P.P.S. And that is not all--Order by July 31st and
get a gorgeous, gold-foil stamped family tree chart, suitable for
framing, with hand-calligraphy--as an extra, "shameless bribe" for
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to open “My
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you can enclose it with your genealogy information and mail it to my
attention by July 31st. See Contacts page or footer for address.