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Distribution of book Marcus Joy Christensen: His Ancestors

Of the 200 books ordered we have about 60 that are not currently reserved. They are going fast. If you would like a copy of this fabulous book ($41 + $4 postage), please contact this site or go directly to Adele Matthews to order. The pdfs from the book will be posted on this site for download, but there is no way you would be able to duplicate the quality of this hard-bound book. We will not be re-printing. Now is the time to order. It would make a perfect Christmas or New Year’s present. We would like to pay off our publication debt soon. Financial contributions to further the work are also accepted.

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MJ Christensen: His Ancestors

A book of this title will be going to press this month. The deadline to order one is October 1, 2009. The book is 705 pages, hard-bound, includes personal histories of 12 ancestors of MJ and a chapter of genealogical information. Subjects of the histories are C.N. Christensen, Anna Cathrine Jorgensen, Edith Lenora Rushton, Axel Christensen, Ane Marie Nielsen, Ingre Sophia Olson, Asmus Jorgensen, Anna Britta Anderson, Harriet Andrina Sandberg, Anna Laura Lamb, Josephina Olson, and Anna Beata Andreason. Many illustrations and documents are included. It has a complete index, table of contents and list of illustrations. We anticipate the price to be about $50 depending on the number of orders we receive. Email Adele Matthews or Joy Stubbs or post a comment to this post to order.

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LDS General Conference April 2009

“Learning the lessons of the past allows you to walk boldly in the light without running the risk of stumbling in the darkness. This is the way it’s supposed to work. This is God’s plan: father and mother, grandfather and grandmother teaching their children; children learning from them and then becoming a more righteous generation through their own personal experiences and opportunities. Learning the lessons of the past allows you to build personal testimony on a solid bedrock of obedience, faith, and the witness of the Spirit.

“Of course, it’s not enough to learn these lessons as a matter of history and culture. Learning the names and dates and sequence of events from the printed page won’t help you very much unless the meaning and the message are written in your hearts. Nourished by testimony and watered with faith, the lessons of the past can take root in your hearts and become a vibrant part of who you are” (Elder Russell M. Ballard, “Learning the Lessons of the Past”).

These words mean so much to me because they are exactly my experience. I love to read about, think about, write about my ancestors and other family members. They have given me so much. They have paved the way for me to be who I am today.


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C.N. Christensen pamphlet–Order now!

The pamphlet that C.N. Christensen wrote and published to give to his Temple Square contacts and his family members is now available as a reproduction reprint. This short pamphlet contains stories from C.N.’s life, mostly from his missionary days 1900-1901 in Denmark.

To order, contact Adele Matthews by email, or else Joy or Beth. You may also submit a request to this website. The cost is $2.00 per book, which includes mailing.

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thanks Jake

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Little bit o’ Elijah myself

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Searchable Family Trees

With the help of Jill, Joy and Beth, we are slowly being able to take advantage of the data that has been compiled into a digital family tree, called a “gedcom” file. Using the tools included in a very innovative software called Ancestral Quest, we have been able to produce HTML versions of the ancestral family trees for Hazel and MJ. The pedigrees are now accessible through the “Pedigrees” link on the navigation bar, or by clicking here. On the “Pedigrees” page, there is a link to the ancestral tree of MJ, and the ancestral tree of Hazel. For those who have registered to use the site, we have also made available a download of the gedcom file containing this data. Registered users may browse to the download link, by using the “Member Content” link on the navigation bar, or by clicking here. If you have not had a chance to register for use of the member content, you may do so here.

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Getting to know M.J.

As I have had the opportunity to work on this site, I have had such a peculiar experience. Being a great-grandchild of M.J.’s I only had the privilege to meet him a scarce few times, in the flesh. I do have some fond memories of visiting the Christensen home in Las Vegas, which I hope to organize and post at a later date. But for the most part, my great grandfather was just a cool white-haired guy with a pool and player piano, who we would visit when we were in Vegas. I remember being sad when he passed away. Other than that, I really didn’t know much else about him, except that he was a jeweler. Since I have been working with my mother and aunts on this site, my intrigue has grown exponentially. It started when we were adding the first batch of pictures. I was thinking what a stylish dresser M.J. was. Over the weekend Annalee added the first part of the M.J.’s written history. As I was going through to paginate it, I couldn’t help but read it. I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I have read this story, since my mother previously gifted me a hard copy of the book, containing the same text. It was almost like reading the first part of an extremely captivating serial novel (except with much more personal sentiment). I cannot wait to learn more about my heritage. I just want to say thank you, once again to those who worked so diligently to compile all of the material that will eventually be on this site. I’m loving it! For those descendants of M.J. who have not yet had a chance to read his self-titled “memoirs,” I strongly recommend that you take a peek.

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A Historic Day

I’m sitting here staring at my computer screen, thinking about the announcement of McCain’s running mate, a woman, and Obama’s nomination yesterday. One way or another, we will almost certainly make history with this year’s presidential election. But what I am looking at, the beginning of the Christensen Family History website, seems even more personally momentous to me. I am overwhelmed, and, for once, at a loss for words to write about my feelings concerning the beginning of this website. I have felt strongly that our family needs a web presence to share the heritage with which we have been blessed. Thank you, thank you, Jake Breinholt, for facilitating this beginning, and hopefully, for holding our hands as it continues to grow. I told Cousin Eric you were “our man.” Now I’ll say, “You’re the man!”

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Welcome Family!

Hi Christensen Clan!  A goal set at the reunion two years ago is now a reality. Thanks to Jake Breinholt, (Beth Breinholt’s son) we have a great domain name and the potential for a wonderful website.  This is a great website, too, with many capabilities.  The name, Christensen, can be picked up by search engines, thereby facilitating those looking for our family information. Don’t panic! We can choose what information is seen.  That would include things like ancestral histories, ancestral gedcoms, ancestral pictures, etc.  The operative word is ancestral, meaning things pertaining to Christensen that are in the past–way past.  The other good part is we can post current information we want seen, for example, the current plans for the next Christensen reunion. 

In addition to this, we have a private part of this website, too, that only members can access, that includes current addresses and contact information for the family members. Cool, huh!

So watch for new developments as we add, improve and grow this website!

With much love from your niece, mom, cousin, sister and friend,

Beth Breinholt

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