Monday, August 15, 2011


Blows my mind... I found a marriage record, completely unexpected... and discovered that

my great-great grandma was married to someone NOT my great-great grandfather!

their marriage is 3 years prior to her marriage to my gg-grandfather... so what happened? Did her first husband die? Did they get divorced? Did they have kids? What a mystery!


anybody else ever find out something unexpected about a member of your family?

Really, this surprise has gotten me thinking about marriage and how much I value mine. What would it be like to lose a husband after only 2 years? Sometime between their marriage and her marriage to my GGG-Father, she moved to Guatemala City. Was that a move made together with her first husband? Did his death/divorce/or whatever leave her stranded in a strange city to work out her sorrow and frustration so far away from her family support? Or was it a choice of hers to leave El Progreso, a fresh start, a chance to get away from the memories when she married the second time so far away from home? my heart goes out to my GGGmother who had some unknown struggle. She is suddenly more real because of this discovery. I am so grateful for my husband, for the fulfillment and joy I have every day because I know we are sealed together for eternity. Eric is a wonderful husband and father, my best friend in all the world. I hope Arcadia found joy like I have. I hope she--and all my own descendants--know what it is like to be sublimely happy in marriage.


  1. Wow! That's very interesting! And poses a lot of questions.

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  3. Oh. My. Goodness! Are you ready for this???

    We found out a year ago that MY paternal great-grandmother was married before she married my great-grandfather! We know nothing about the guy or the marriage either...

    One more small-world story... we had some new friends over for Sunday dinner. She served a mission in Seoul West just after you left. At least she recognized your name and came after you. The let-down of the story is that I didn't ask her maiden name...

    Love to you!

  4. Fascinating! Definitely helps with the motivation to keep working on family history! Very cool.

  5. Interesting! Don't forget to do the work for him too, while you're at it.

  6. Genealogy...I'm doin' it! :) Cool find! We discovered a while back that my great-grandfather on my side that isn't LDS was a bigamist. He had two totally separate families in two different states and neither one knew about the other. What a smooth operator...or something...