National Geographic : 1979 Aug
A photograph, taken in 1903 by Mormon photographer George EdwardAnderson, shows three little girls (above left)praying at their mother's knee for their missionary father, away in England. White-haired Estella ManwaringBrockbank (above) remembers it all she's the girl on the right, then age 9. This and thousands of other Anderson plates, datingfrom 1880 to 1928, were stored in a dusty basement in Springville, Utah, and acquired by Rell G. Francis (left) in 1972. Long before tracingroots became a nationalfad, the Mormons encouraged members to document their ancestry back four or more generations.