By Glen N. Greener of FamilySearch
Caution: Do not open the All the Stories app if you have anything else to do. I opened it just to get an idea of what it is so I could write a review of it later. After two hours of sitting in a chair I didn’t like, my back hurt so much I finally stopped.
All the Stories is an amazing app. You sign in, allow access to your family, and a list of all the stories anyone has posted on your family tree comes up. It’s as user friendly as anything I’ve seen: easy to access, no setup, instant results, and the results are important.
I couldn’t possibly spend the time necessary to find all the stories from my family history that were instantly listed by using this app. Genealogy and family history have always been available to me. Every side of my family has pioneer history, so it’s easy to take for granted. If curiosity strikes, I just log on to FamilySearch.org and check something out. But that’s a fairly focused view.
My grandson and I recently traced a couple of my grandmother’s lines back over 2,000 years. It was fun for both of us. We saw some names we thought were amusing, such as Odin Wodin. It’s been fun to talk about how we had relatives in Troy, but there wasn’t much to personally identify with.
When I started reading to my family from All the Stories, I found relatives, names, times, and places I had never heard of. I’m a direct descendent of a man who made Joseph Smith’s boots. I’m descended from another man who gave Joseph Smith water when the Prophet was on his way to jail.
I found ancestors who fought the Indians and the French before the revolutionary war. Some accounts documented travel aboard ships from England to America. Others gave first-hand memories of life in Nauvoo and of the persecution those folks suffered. Others chronicled the trials of the pioneer treks to the Salt Lake valley.