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LDS Genealogy and Family History

Family History or Genealogy
The terms 'family history' and 'genealogy' are synonymous for Latter-day Saints... LDS interest in family history is based on the fundamental doctrines of salvation, agency, and exaltation." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Bridges and Eternal Keepsakes
At April 1999 General Conference, Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander discusses the importance of family histories and traditions in building bridges between generations.

A New Harvest Time
At April 1998 General Conference, Elder Russell M. Nelson discusses new directions in Family History.

LDS Family History Library
"The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, supports the LDS practice of family history research that identifies forebears and makes possible the temple work leading to salvation of the dead. It provides services and resources that enable Latter-day Saints and others to identify and learn more about their ancestors. It is also a developmental center where new resources and programs are perfected and made available to Church members worldwide through family history centers." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

LDS Family History Centers
"Family History Centers are extensions of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The first center opened in 1964....In 1990 there were over 1,500 such centers in 49 countries." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Ancestral File
"Ancestral File™ is a large genealogy database published on compact disks (CD-ROM) for use in personal computers. Its purpose is to preserve genealogies of families throughout the world, make these genealogies available to researchers of all faiths and nationalities, and help them avoid unnecessary effort and expense. The file is produced and maintained by the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Salt Lake City." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Family Registry
"Family Registry is a service provided by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help people who are doing research on the same family lines to cooperate with one another and share results, thus avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort and expense. This service provides a way for individuals and family organizations to ask for information about an ancestor who is currently the subject of their research or to share with others information they may have about deceased individuals." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Family Search
"Family Search™ is an automated computer system that simplifies the task of family history research. The FamilySearch system includes search-and-retrieval programs designed to work on personal computers and computer files of family history information." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Family Organizations
"Latter-day Saints think of families with respect to both this life and the next. They strive to organize family groups at the individual family level and in extended family relationships and organizations. Family organizations provide social and familial support, historical awareness, instruction, and genealogical information necessary to bind generations together by temple ordinances (see Family History; Temple Ordinances)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Genealogical Society
"The Genealogical Society of Utah, organized in 1894, became The Genealogical Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1944. In 1976 it became The Genealogical Department, and in 1987 the name was changed to The Family History Department. Each name change brought renewed emphasis and expanded resources to further the search for ancestors. The name Genealogical Society still continues as the microfilm section of the Family History Department of the Church." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Granite Mountain Record Vault
Since 1938, the genealogical society of Utah has been collecting genealogical and historical information on rolls of microfilm. The Granite Mountain Record Vault is the permanent repository for these microfilms. It is located about one mile from the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah's Wasatch Range, twenty miles southeast of downtown Salt Lake City." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Name Extraction Programs
"Name extraction consists of systematically transcribing this information from original vital records. Church members perform temple ordinances for those whose names have been thus identified." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Book of Rememberence
"Latter-day Saints are encouraged to prepare family records as a Book of Remembrance, containing patriarchal blessings, records of ordinations and other sacred information, as well as personal and family histories, spiritual experiences, and other evidences of God's goodness and love" Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Links to Family History Resources

Family Search (The Church's site)

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Family Links


British Ancestors

Infobases Family History Network

The Genealogy Home Page

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