When I was a child, my mother felt it was important for us to know more about our family and the legacy that our ancestors have left us. She decided that she would read to us each week from The Life of Archibald Gardner by Delila Gardner Hughes. Mom lived in Afton, Wyoming for part of her childhood and she personally knew some of the family members mentioned in the book. Even at a young age, I could feel the love my mother had for her family. Because of the knowledge I gained about my family, I also came to love them. By the time I left for college, I decided to take a family history course for fun to learn more about how to conduct research. It only took a few months for me to decide to change my major and pursue family history as a career.
I am now an Accredited Genealogist, and I teach family history at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I have decided to create a blog to begin sharing some of my research and knowledge about the Gardner family. My intent is to begin by writing about some of the places associated with Archibald's life.