We stopped at Johnson’s Fruit Stand on our way home this morning for delicious fruit–cherries, apricots, plumcots and peaches. I love the feel of this family fruit farm. We also picked up a warm cherry pie and some oatmeal pear cookies, our favorites! We had company coming!This evening our guests arrived–Roger and Jeanne Minert from Orem and her sister, Lori and husband Oscar from Kennewick. We had a wonderful evening visiting, and catching up on things at home and in the world out there.In September of 2003 I registered for a German paleography class at BYU. Roger was my professor. That was the beginning of a huge shift in my world. Roger taught me how to read old German handwriting, opening to me the world of my ancestors, which has enabled me to gather birth, marriage and death dates for more than 18,000 German family members!
I went on to take every class Roger taught at BYU, and I became a full time student for the next 10 years, studying primarily Family History, Church History, German, and all sorts of Religion classes. My world grew in ways I never could have imagined! I owe much of the Family History world I live in to Roger Minert.
In 2009 John and I traveled to Berlin, Zwickau, Poland, Nurmberg, Auschwitz, Birkenau and throughout Germany with Roger and Jeanne. He went with me to meet with the archivists and town historians in my ancestral home town in Grossgartach. I am not the same because of what he has taught me and helped me to do. We had a great reunion.
Roger brought me a copy of his latest publication:It was a pretty perfect evening. I stayed up late looking at German records, just because I know how. I’m so grateful for that!