LaRae Free Kerr

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Industry Education
Occupation Writer
Location Spanish Fork, Utah, United States
Introduction I've written three sets of columns over my lifetime. The first was a humorous column about being a young mother and was printed monthly in the Idaho Farm News. The second was called QualityQuest and lasted 3 ½ years [until I moved] which was voiced on the Ricks College NPR station by myself. The third was a series of genealogy columns written over more than 5 years and published in 4 venues. My genealogy how-to book, Find Your Actual, Factual Ancestors: A Genealogy Journey in 8 Steps is now at a publishers. My book of columns, It's All Relatives, is available from my website which will be up and running again soon. I've won various writing awards, and even a teaching award at Ricks, though I was "only" an adjunct teacher. Further, Absalom Pennington Free, born 1798, is only my great grandfather. Emeline Young is only my grand aunt. Hmm, that makes Brigham Young my grand uncle by marriage. I love these folks and am excited to write about them. I've stood on the land in St Clair County, Illinois where Absalom Pennington Free farmed. I've located and stood on the spot in Nauvoo where they lived. I would like to visit ancestral spots in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Interests I am grateful for the circumstances that make writing the Free Family History possible - finally. As you know, I have had Addison's disease for more than half my life. It is a terrible condition and has prevented me from doing many things. But at this moment I am on a new medication that allows me to write several hours a day, thus being able to keep my promise to you, that I would write the Free Family history. Jill has also had a miracle in her life which has freed up some time for working on the history. Together we will do our best Education: I have 2 ½ degrees from BYU, an M ED from ISU. I taught college composition as an adjunct professor [due to poor health] for more than 21 years at BYU-Ricks, Ricks, College of the Desert, Chapman University. My Wadsworth history won awards and took us to the Savoy in London, England where we lunched with the Duke of Norfolk.
Favorite Movies Cold Comfort Farm, Lord of the Rings, Entrusted
Favorite Music Hymns Naturally, Beach Boys
Favorite Books Education of a Wandering Man, George Allen Wadsworth:Pilley to Panaca, Hannah Fowler