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Why did Jonathan Stark leave his prized pocket watch to his nephew, instead of his son? To solve the mystery, turn first to probate records, the legal “last words” of a person’s life. Probates are rich in stories and secrets. Nothing provides clues ... read more

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Stephen F. Anderson is a 30-year veteran of the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His specialty is words. He writes, edits, and manages the FamilySearch blog. Steve is also an oral history journalist. He has bee... read more