Hi, I’m Sarah! Wife, mom, family history nerd and the person behind The Kindred Press. Whether you’re already obsessed with family history, interested but overwhelmed or somewhere in between you’re in the right place. I hope you’ll follow along with me on Instagram @thekindredpress. I’m so glad you’re here and am excited to have you on this journey with me!


One of my favorite quotes that surmises why I believe family history is so important is by Hank Smith who said, “As we learn about our past, we gather strength for the future.”

Family history is SO much more than PAF files and pedigree charts. It’s food, stories, songs, photographs, places. It’s the history we are creating in our own lives right now. I know that as we take time to learn about our ancestors and connect to them, we are strengthened. As we share what we’ve learned and record our own stories we create a resource for strength for our future generations.

We become the link between the past and the future – we make ourselves and our families stronger. As we look at our own lives from this perspective, we are better able to recognize our own significance and realize just how much our own stories matter. 

Here at The Kindred Press I am dedicated to showing you how beneficial family history work can be and making it feel accessible to you no matter your experience, skill level, or amount of time you have to dedicate. We all have the ability and responsibility to record, preserve and share their personal and family history and I’m here to show you how possible it is.


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"Be the things you loved the most about the people who are gone." - Unknown
I read this quote last week and it left a strong impression on me.  It prompted me to think through the people I've known who have passed on, as well as the ancestors I never got the opportunity to know in person, but now know through their stories. What a way to honor them by carrying on the best parts of them. I know I carry on my grandpa's work ethic and do-it-yourself mentality, the love of cooking and sharing food of my appointed grandma Mun and my great-grandma Clara, the deep feelings of gratitude and connection to family like great-grandma June. What are some of the "best parts" of your ancestors you carry on in honor of them?
“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.” -  Leo Buscaglia PhD
No act of love or kindness is too small. 💛 Who is someone who has touched your life in a profound way through a small act?
“Here’s a quiz...
1. Name the 5 wealthiest people in the world. 
2. Name 5 Heisman trophy winners
3. Name the last 5 winners of the Miss America Pageant 
4. Name 10 chemists or physicists that have won the Nobel Prize
5. Name 10 authors or composers who have won the Pulitzer Prize
6. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress
7. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners
How did you do? The point is, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are recognized as the best in their fields. But applause dies, awards tarnish, achievements are forgotten.
Here’s another quiz, see how you do on this one: 
1. List 2 teachers who aided your journey through school. 
2. Name 3 friends who have helped you through a difficult time. 
3. Name 5 people who have taught you something worthwhile
4. Think of a few people who make you feel appreciated or special
5. Think of 5 people you enjoy spending time with. 
Isn't it beautiful to think about how the people who touch our lives personally and individually have the most impact on us? They may not be the most well known around the world, but they're the ones that WE remember - they are the ones who are woven into our stories. It's nice to remember on days when I feel not enough, that our lives don't have to be extraordinary to be significant and meaningful to those close to us, whose lives we touch. 💛
📷: @kyliepond
We spent all of last week in my favorite place in Arizona hiking by creeks, catching crawdads and butterflies and dancing in the rain. I've been coming to these mountains, in this same cabin since I was 1. I have a million memories of here with my family and friends. Ziplines, fishing with grandpa, playing in the rain, hiking by the creek. My husband also grew up visiting these mountains and we lived near here for a few years when our kids were younger. These mountains are home to us. .
Sharing this place with my kids each year fills my heart. I love that their favorite parts are the same things I have always loved. That they get to make memories like mine and that we get to make new ones together. Some places are just engrained deeply in our stories, and these mountains are one of those places for me. 💛
Do you have a place that feels deeply engrained in your story?
Spending time this week with my family in our favorite place in Arizona (the white mountains). One stop we always make up here is the Shumway Schoolhouse. Benson’s great-great-grandpa helped build it and served as the bishop here. His great-great grandma June attended school and church dances here. It’s always nice to stop by and share fun and meaningful stories about our ancestors with our kids. It’s like visiting a piece of our own history and helps us feel so connected to them. Do you ever visit places that are significant in your ancestry?
11 years • 3 kids • 3 homes • 2 college degrees • countless road trips • too many late-night super nacho runs • an embarrassing number of hours spent binge-watching shows • working • dreaming • laughing • praying • learning and growing together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Benson was supposed to propose to me in Love Park in Philly (where he served his mission). But our flight got canceled AND I got sick (like realllly bad flu sick 😷) so he ended up proposing while I was half asleep on my parent's couch right after he made me a plate of crackers. He thinks it's the most un-romantic story ever. I think the fact that he was willing to watch me barf, then care for me and propose shows that our love goes deeper than what's on the outside. It's gotten wider and deeper every year since then and I'm so blessed we get to continue that growth forever. 💛⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also, he couldn't find a ring that fit me - so he designed this one himself 😍
Another favorite way to record my personal family history is to keep track of the silly things my kids say. I keep track of them in my @dayoneapp and we love to go back and read through old entries as a family. 💛
“I remind you that it is a veil, not a wall, that separates us from the spirit world…Veils can become thin, even parted. We are not left to do this work alone.” - Boyd K. Packer