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Mormon Genealogy Research – How to Get Started

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    Last Updated: December 28th, 2011

    Mormon Genealogy ResearchGenealogy has always been an important part of the Mormon faith. Because of the role that family history plays in the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a variety of resources are available to help individuals get started with their Mormon genealogy research.

    Step 1: Gather the Right Tools

    Accurate records are essential for any genealogy project. Some people prefer to trace their Mormon ancestry on paper, while others would rather keep their research preserved in digital format. There are dozens of computer programs that can keep family history records organized, including a free LDS genealogy program called Personal Ancestral File. Whether written or digital,ancestry records typically include names, important dates, occupations, and locations, and are usually grouped chronologically by family.

    Step 2: Start with the Present

    Once a person has decided how they plan to record their family history, he or she can get started by entering their own name and vital statistics. Most people compile as much information as possible before they begin any extensive Mormon genealogy research. They will trace their ancestry back as far as they can using their memory, personal records like family Bibles, and by contacting other relatives for help.With this foundation, it is much easier to trace their Mormon ancestors through many generations.

    Step 3: Search for Mormon Ancestors

    When a person begins his or her family history records, missing names, birthplaces, and dates are not uncommon. It can take several years to successfully trace a complete family history, and it generally requires a collaborative effort by many different members of the extended family. The most effective research strategy is to start with the most recent relatives, working backwards as each record is completed. Using known information like dates or locations can help individuals stay on track. The resources below will provide plenty of assistance.

    More Mormon Genealogy Resources

    · The largest Mormon genealogy database in the world, with free access to millions of records.
    · Online courses to help individuals get the most from their genealogy research efforts.
    · LDS genealogy advice and guides from other researchers and family history enthusiasts.
    · A catalog of written family histories from around the world, searchable by surname.
    · Search vital records and written histories by location and time period.
    · Mormon genealogy guides, outlines, and other useful research aids.
    · Informative maps and county structures of locations around the world.
    · Extensive collections of historical records based on location and time period.
    · Search online records and LDS genealogy microfilm collections at a FamilySearch center.
    · Over 35 million indexed genealogy records submitted by other family history researchers.

    Getting started with Mormon genealogy research isn’t too difficult, especially with the vast number of resources available at no charge. The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah is one of the best genealogy aids available, containing millions of microfilmed records with over 2 billion names. Individuals who don’t have the opportunity to visit the Family History Library can still use the steps above to successfully trace their Mormon ancestry.

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13 Comments

  1. #1
    mary ruth smith chandler
    January 6th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I want to trace my name Smith.

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    mary ruth smith chandler
    January 6th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    My dad name was James Andrew Smith and his dad name was James Willis Smith.

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    mary ruth smith chandler
    January 6th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I don’t understand what I am suppose to enter.

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    Joseph Francischini
    January 31st, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Looking for any relatives for Joseph Francischini grandfather.
    Originally from Paris, France, married in Italy
    came to America,first settled in Schenectady, New York
    Left and settled in Chicago, Ill…
    Now deceased….please reply.

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    Joseph Francischini
    January 31st, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Grandfather from Paris, France, Married Italy
    Frist settled Schenectady, NY as tailor
    Left and settled in Chicago, Ill.

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    Joseph Francischini
    January 31st, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Joseph Francischini, tailor,
    Chicago, Ill…need info on
    survivors

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  7. #7
    Joseph Francischini
    January 31st, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Joseph Francischini, Chicago…orig settled Schdy NY
    tailor

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  8. #8
    Karen Diane Hammond
    February 6th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I am looking for Harmon relatives for my family tree.

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    Karen Diane Hammond
    February 6th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I am trying to find the father of Charles Harmon . Who was born in Ohio and was marries to Margaret McCray. Perhaps his parents were from Virginia.

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    Karen Diane Hammond
    February 6th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I do not know what you want.

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    j.martin
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Looking for edd chambot patterson son of george edward and gennie lowe of El Paso. He was raised in Louisianna and married Clara Collett.

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    Gloria Margarita Lopez Hernandez
    January 19th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Looking for my mother family tree, now deceased ( passed on October 24, 1973.) Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Never had her birth-certificate. Her father name Tomas Lopez & mother’s name Paula Hernandez.

    Please reply!!!

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    Carolina Rodriguez Lopez
    August 29th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Hello.
    My name is Carolina Rodriguez Lopez. I was born in Burgos, Spain, on 31-12-1963.
    I’m looking for my Grandfather.
    My Mother was Carolina Lopez Garcia, born in a place called Parolo,near the village called Corao, belonges to the Council Cangas de Onis in Asturias. Spain.
    My Mother was born in January 1919.
    I have a gess she was a natural daughter of a Briton or Irish who were there temporary to build a big Cathedral on the mountains. (Basilica de Covadonga). My Grandfather profesion had to be woodcutter or stonecutter. H
    He was never named for my relatives but my Mother had an awfull life and an oufull dead in 1966 beside to have 9 brothers and sisters who ignore her situation.
    Please,my questions are:
    1.-Briton or Irish missing in Asturias, Spain on 10’s or 20’s last Century.

    2.-Profesion: woodcutter or stonecutter.

    3.- Temporary worker at my County to build a Cathedral in the Mountains. ( Basilica de Covadonga. Cangas de Onis. Asturias)

    4.- More than sure he belonges to a Union or Political Party.

    5.- Probably missing killed or dead because my Grandmother hasband.

    Thank you

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