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The Family Group Records Collection provides microfilmed copies of about 8 million family group records created by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The collection can help you survey research done previously by others, saving you time and giving you valuable information. While you should not assume the information to be completely accurate, you can use the information and sources provided on the family group records to guide you to original records. The collection is divided into two sections, the Archive Section and the Patrons Section.<ref name="Nichols">Elizabeth Nichols, "Family Group Collections of the Family History Library," [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=244938 ''Genealogical Journal''] 24 (Winter 1996): 11-27.</ref>  
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The Family Group Records Collection provides microfilmed copies of about 8 million family group records created by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The collection can help you survey research done previously by others, saving you time and giving you valuable information. While you should not assume the information to be completely accurate, you can use the information and sources provided on the family group records to guide you to original records. The collection is divided into two sections, the Archive Section and the Patrons Section.<ref name="Nichols">Elizabeth Nichols, "Family Group Collections of the Family History Library," {{FHL|244938|title-id|disp=''Genealogical Journal''}} 24 (Winter 1996): 11-27.</ref>  
  
 
== Archive Section  ==
 
== Archive Section  ==
  
This section of the Family Group Records Collection contains five million family group records submitted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between 1942 and 1969. The records are only available on microfilm.  
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This section of the Family Group Records Collection contains five million family group records submitted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between 1942 and 1969. The Archive Section of the Family Group Records Collection was previously available to the public in binders marked with pink labels on the spines. Unfortunately, patrons removed some of the records before microfilming could be completed. The records are now available to the public only on microfilm.  
  
 
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The family group records are arranged alphabetically by the husband's surname, then given name, and then by the date of birth/christening. In 1993 the microfilms in the Archive Section were checked against the original family group records and it was found that 18,000 sheets were not microfilmed. The missing sheets were photocopied and then microfilmed as an addendum to the collection.  
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The family group records are arranged alphabetically by the husband's surname, then given name, and then by the date of birth/christening. In 1993 the microfilms in the Archive Section were checked against the original family group records and it was found that 18,000 sheets were not microfilmed. The missing sheets were photocopied and then microfilmed as an addendum to the collection. [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2060211 This collection is now online]
  
 
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1,998 microfilm reels, beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&filmno=1273501 1273501] and the addendum starts on film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&filmno=1750758 1750758].  
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1,998 microfilm reels, beginning with {{FHL|1273501|film|disp=1273501}} and the addendum starts on film {{FHL|1750758|film|disp=1750758}}.  
  
 
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33 microfilm reels, beginning with<br>Japanese on [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&filmno=795724 795724], <br>Chinese on [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&filmno=795844 795844],<br>Korean on [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&filmno=795847 795847].  
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33 microfilm reels, beginning with<br>Japanese on {{FHL|795724|film|disp=795724}}, <br>Chinese on {{FHL|795844|film|disp=795844}},<br>Korean on {{FHL|795847|film|disp=795847}}.  
  
 
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3 microfilm reels, with miscellaneous countries beginning on [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&filmno=1281096 1281096] and Greece on [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&filmno=1281096 1281098].<br>  
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3 microfilm reels, with miscellaneous countries beginning on {{FHL|1281096|film|disp=1281096}} and Greece on {{FHL|1281096|film|disp=1281098}}.<br>  
  
 
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In the Archive Section, an asterisk (*) next to the name of the husband, wife, their parents, or their children indicates that this individual appears on another Archive Section family group record. An asterisk next to the name of a child's spouse indicates another spouse is specified on the back of the record.  
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In the Archive Section, an asterisk (*) next to the name of the husband, wife, their parents, or their children indicates that this individual appears on another Archive Section family group record. An asterisk next to the name of a child's spouse indicates another spouse is specified on the back of the record.
  
 
== Patrons Section  ==
 
== Patrons Section  ==
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Three million family group records were submitted to the Patrons Section between 1926-1979. The purpose was to share genealogical information and identify others working on the same lines. Each collection has some names that cannot be found in other filmings. The family group records often included a brief list of the sources used to compile the record. Sometimes the sources specify [[Old film numbers|old film numbers]] or book numbers used by the Family History Library. Some records also included biographical histories for the family members listed on the form. In many instances several records have been submitted for the same family unit. Comparison of these records will sometimes reveal discrepancies. The collection binders have been removed from circulation so these records are available only on microfilm.  
 
Three million family group records were submitted to the Patrons Section between 1926-1979. The purpose was to share genealogical information and identify others working on the same lines. Each collection has some names that cannot be found in other filmings. The family group records often included a brief list of the sources used to compile the record. Sometimes the sources specify [[Old film numbers|old film numbers]] or book numbers used by the Family History Library. Some records also included biographical histories for the family members listed on the form. In many instances several records have been submitted for the same family unit. Comparison of these records will sometimes reveal discrepancies. The collection binders have been removed from circulation so these records are available only on microfilm.  
  
If members of the LDS Church participated in the Three Generation or Four Generation record submission programs prior to 1979, their original submissions would now be found on these microfilms. After this period, the records were put directly into the [[Ancestral File|'''Ancestral File''']] which can be searched online at [http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org] .  
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=== The 1924 Collection  ===
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The 1924- collection has been filmed twice, once after 1950 and again after 1962. This collection should not be confused with the "1924-1942&nbsp;: unalphabetized" collection.  
  
 
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Records pertain primarily to person living from ca. 1700-1962. Contains some records for person living as far back as 600 A.D. Records arranged in approximate alphabetical order. Surnames spelled differently but pronounced the same are often interfiled; some records filed out of alphabetical order. Records for some surnames are incomplete or missing. The 1924-1962 filming includes most of these records and is more legible.  
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Records pertain primarily to persons living from ca. 1700-1962. Contains some records for persons living as far back as 600 A.D. Records arranged in approximate alphabetical order. Surnames spelled differently but pronounced the same are often interfiled; some records filed out of alphabetical order. Records for some surnames are incomplete or missing. This filming is difficult to read. The 1924-1962 filming includes most of these records and is more legible.  
  
 
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824 microfilm reels, beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=57306&disp=Family+group+records+collection;+patro&columns=*,0,0 260872]
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824 microfilm reels, beginning with {{FHL|57306|title-id|disp=260872}}
  
 
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Records are arranged alphabetically by husband's name when known, and by wife's name when name of husband is unknown. If there is more than one record with the same filing name then they are arranged by birth/christening date. Some records were filmed slighly out of order. This filming includes most of the records submitted during 1924-1950 and is more legible than the previous filming.  
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Records are arranged alphabetically by husband's name when known, and by wife's name when name of husband is unknown. If there is more than one record with the same filing name then they are arranged by birth/christening date. Some records were filmed slightly out of order. This filming includes most of the records from the 1924-1950 filming and is more legible.  
  
 
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614 microfilm reels, beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=126135&disp=Family+group+records+collection;+patro&columns=*,0,0 412088]
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614 microfilm reels, beginning with {{FHL|126135|title-id|disp=412088}}
  
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=== The 1962 Collection  ===
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The 1962- collection resulted from the Three- and Four-Generation Programs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1965 the Church asked members to submit family group records for three generations of their family. By the end of 1966, about 20% of members had participated. In 1966 the Church extended the request to four generations plus a pedigree chart. Submissions made after 1 July 1979 were added to [[Ancestral File]] rather than the Family Group Records Collection.<ref name="Allen">James B. Allen, et. al., {{FHL|731761|title-id|disp=''Hearts Turned to the Fathers: A History of the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1894-1994''}} (Provo, Utah: BYU Studies, Brigham Young University).</ref>
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The 1962- collection has also been filmed twice. The 1962-1977 filming is arranged alphabetically and the 1962-1979 filming is arranged by submission year. The collection was previously available to the public in binders marked with yellow labels on the spines.<br>
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Arranged alphabetically by husband's name when known, and by wife's name when name of husband is unknown. If there is more than one record with the same filing name then they are arranged by birth/christening date. Filming was done in two groups. Surnames "A" to "Kelsey" were filmed first and occupy rolls 1558711 through 1558961. The filming was stopped when it was discovered that Ancestral File contained information for 80 percent of the sheets. Surnames "Kelsey" to "Z" were filmed in 2003-2004 on rolls 2368889, 2369005. The collection binders have since been removed from circulation. <br>  
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Arranged alphabetically by husband's name when known, and by wife's name when name of husband is unknown. If there is more than one record with the same filing name then they are arranged by birth/christening date. Filming was done in two groups. Surnames "A" to "Kelsey" were filmed first and occupy rolls 1558711 through 1558961. The filming was stopped when it was discovered that Ancestral File contained information for 80 percent of the sheets. Surnames "Kelsey" to "Z" were filmed in 2003-2004 on rolls 2368889, 2369005.<br>  
  
 
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596 microfilm reels, beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=628225&disp=Family+group+records+collection;+patro&columns=*,0,0 1558711]
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596 microfilm reels, beginning with {{FHL|628225|title-id|disp=1558711}}
  
 
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Arranged by submission year, then by husband's name (or wife's name if husband is unknown), and then by birth date (or christening date if birth is unknown). Years 1962-1965 were interfiled. Subsequent years are grouped by individual year.&nbsp;Records that were submitted during 1978 and 1979 are included in this set, but not in the earlier filming for 1962-1977.<br>  
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Arranged by submission year, then by husband's name (or wife's name if husband is unknown), and then by birth date (or christening date if birth is unknown). Years 1962-1965 were interfiled. Subsequent years are grouped by individual year.&nbsp;Records that were submitted during 1978 and 1979 are included in this filming, but not the 1962-1977 filming.<br>  
  
 
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1165 microfilm reels, beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=35780&disp=Family+group+records+collection;+patro&columns=*,0,0 428056]
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1165 microfilm reels, beginning with {{FHL|35780|title-id|disp=428056}}
  
 
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=== Miscellaneous Collections  ===
  
 
The patrons section also contains a number of small, miscellaneous collections.<br>  
 
The patrons section also contains a number of small, miscellaneous collections.<br>  
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41 microfilm reels, beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=8931&disp=Family+group+records+collection;+patro&columns=*,0,0 284729]
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41 microfilm reels, beginning with {{FHL|8931|title-id|disp=284729}}
  
 
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49406&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284734]<br>  
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film {{FHL|49406|title-id|disp=284734}}<br>  
  
 
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=39009&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284747]
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film {{FHL|39009|title-id|disp=284747}}
  
 
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8 microfilm reels, beginning with FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49244&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284776]
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8 microfilm reels, beginning with FHL film {{FHL|49244|title-id|disp=284776}}
  
 
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8 microfilm reels, starting with FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49651&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284784]
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8 microfilm reels, starting with FHL film {{FHL|49651|title-id|disp=284784}}
  
 
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49140&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284798]
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film {{FHL|49140|title-id|disp=284798}}
  
 
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49380&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284757]
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film {{FHL|49380|title-id|disp=284757}}
  
 
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49674&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284760]
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film {{FHL|49674|title-id|disp=284760}}
  
 
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3 microfilm reels, beginning with FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49574&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284792]
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3 microfilm reels, beginning with FHL film {{FHL|49574|title-id|disp=284792}}
  
 
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49565&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284769]
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film {{FHL|49565|title-id|disp=284769}}
  
 
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Niederer family group records of Lutzenberg, St. Gallen, Switzerland, copied from Julius Billeter's records by Elizabeth F. Peterson, Manti, Utah.--1950, surnames Furguson-Fyt (partial duplicate copy of [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&filmno=261135 film 261135]).<br>  
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Niederer family group records of Lutzenberg, St. Gallen, Switzerland, copied from Julius Billeter's records by Elizabeth F. Peterson, Manti, Utah.--1950, surnames Furguson-Fyt (partial duplicate copy of {{FHL|261135|film|disp=film 261135}}).<br>  
  
 
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49557&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284775]
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film {{FHL|49557|title-id|disp=284775}}
  
 
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2 microfilm reels, FHL films [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49436&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284795-6]
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2 microfilm reels, FHL films {{FHL|49436|title-id|disp=284795-6}}
  
 
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49376&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284730]
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film {{FHL|49376|title-id|disp=284730}}
  
 
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49536&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284743]
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film {{FHL|49536|title-id|disp=284743}}
  
 
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49691&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284742]
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film {{FHL|49691|title-id|disp=284742}}
  
 
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=49422&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284759]
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film {{FHL|49422|title-id|disp=284759}}
  
 
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=41916&disp=Family+group+records+collection%3B+patro 284768]
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1 microfilm reel, FHL film {{FHL|41916|title-id|disp=284768}}
  
 
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One final collection in the patrons section is cataloged under "patron" instead of "patrons." This unalphabetized 1924 collection should not be confused with the alphabetized 1924 collection.<br>  
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One final collection in the patrons section is the "1924-1942&nbsp;: unalphabetized" collection. It is cataloged under "patron section" instead of "patron'''s''' section." This collection should not be confused with the alphabetized, 1924- collection.<br>  
  
 
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Family group records filmed in the order received; no alphabetical or geographical arrangement. "Probably the very first collection of family group records. These forms had spaces to record families on the frot and back of the sheet — therefore they are called the ''Form 2'' collection. Because of this condition, it was not possible to alphabetize the sheets." <ref name="Nichols" />  
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Family group records filmed in the order received; no alphabetical or geographical arrangement. "Probably the very first collection of family group records. These forms had spaces to record families on the front and back of the sheet — therefore they are called the ''Form 2'' collection. Because of this condition, it was not possible to alphabetize the sheets." <ref name="Nichols" />  
  
 
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1030 microfilm reels, beginning with {{FHL|97212|title-id|disp=685000}}
  
 
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== Other family group record collections<br>  ==
 
== Other family group record collections<br>  ==
  
Other collections of family group records or family group sheets held by the Family History Library, but not included in the "Family Group Records Collection," include<br>  
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Other notable collections of family group records or family group sheets held by the Family History Library, but not included in the "Family Group Records Collection," include<br>  
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=97212&disp=Family+group+records+collection+%2D%2D+p ''Family group records collection -- patron section, 1924-1942&nbsp;: unalphabetized'']. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Genealogical Society, 196-. (On 1030 FHL films, beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&filmno=685000 685,000].) Family group records filmed in the order received; no alphabetical or geographical arrangement.<br>
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*[[Ancestral File]].  
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*{{FHL|30353|title-id|disp=''Ancestral file submission sheets''}}. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983-1994,1996. (On 606 FHL films, beginning with {{FHL|1394001|film|disp=1,394,001}}.) Consult these films to see the source citations that were not keyed into Ancestral File.<br>
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*{{FHL|425304|title-id|disp=Everton publishers computerized family file, vols. 1 &amp; 2}}. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 198-. (On 251 microfiches, FHL 6334056. No circulation to family history centers.) Also known as the Computerized Family File.<br>
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*''Family Group Records: Collected and Compiled by the Former Spanish-American Mission. ''Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973, 1980. (On 8 FHL films, beginning with film 940001.) Most of these records were submitted by members of the Spanish-Mexican Mission, which included Mexico and the Spanish-speaking Saints in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.<br>
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*{{FHL|552988|title-id|disp=''Family Group Records Sent to Mesa Family History Center''}}. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1992. (On 74 FHL films, beginning with film 1,832,019.) Family group sheets at Mesa Family History Center, Mesa, Arizona. Records were submitted by Arizona researchers, but families may be located in other states and countries.<br>
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*''Four-Generation Pedigrees and Family Group Sheets, 1700–1983. ''Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The. Genealogical Department. Branch Library (Johannesburg, Transvaal). (FHL film 1367174.) These are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the Church member descendant in South Africa. This set is incomplete.<br>
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*[[Pedigree Resource File]].
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*''Piedmont Project Family Group Sheets. ''Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The. Genealogical Department. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968. (FHL films 472230–81.) To assist members with Italian ancestry, the Genealogical Department filled out family group sheets from sources found in 16 Protestant parishes in the Province of Torino, Italy.<br>
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*''Polynesian Family Group Records Collection, 1924–1969. ''Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, (197–?) (FHL films 1901843–69.) This is a film copy of the Polynesian collection at the Laie Family History Center in Hawaii. Most of these sheets are also found in the Archives Section, discussed above.<br>
  
 
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For further details about these family group records see:  
  
*Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah). United States and Canada Reference Unit. ''[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/RG/images/34080_LDSRec.pdf Tracing LDS Families].'' Research Outline (34080). Second edition. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2000. Information about availability of the original collection binders is outdated.<br>  
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*Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah). United States and Canada Reference Unit. Tracing LDS Families. Second edition. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2000. Information about availability of the original collection binders is outdated.<br>  
*"Family History Library Catalog." Online database. ''FamilySearch.org''. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp]&nbsp;: copyright 2008.<br>  
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*"Family History Library Catalog." Online database. [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog ''FamilySearch.org'']. copyright 2008.<br>  
 
*Meyerink, Kory L. "General References and Guides." In ''The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.'' Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, editors. Third edition. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006. Page 81.  
 
*Meyerink, Kory L. "General References and Guides." In ''The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.'' Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, editors. Third edition. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006. Page 81.  
*Nichols, Elizabeth. "Family Group Collections of the Family History Library." [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=244938 ''Genealogical Journal''] 24 (Winter 1996): 11-27. Family History Library book 973 D5gi; not available on microfilm. This article also describes the relationship of the ''Temple Records Index Bureau Endowment Index'' (TIB), the ''Ordinance Index'', and "[[Ancestral File|Ancestral File]]" to the family group records. Information about availability of the original collection binders is outdated.<br>
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The Family Group Records Collection provides microfilmed copies of about 8 million family group records created by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The collection can help you survey research done previously by others, saving you time and giving you valuable information. While you should not assume the information to be completely accurate, you can use the information and sources provided on the family group records to guide you to original records. The collection is divided into two sections, the Archive Section and the Patrons Section.[1]

Contents

Archive Section

This section of the Family Group Records Collection contains five million family group records submitted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between 1942 and 1969. The Archive Section of the Family Group Records Collection was previously available to the public in binders marked with pink labels on the spines. Unfortunately, patrons removed some of the records before microfilming could be completed. The records are now available to the public only on microfilm.

Collection/
Submission Years
Notes
Films

Main Collection
1942-1969

The family group records are arranged alphabetically by the husband's surname, then given name, and then by the date of birth/christening. In 1993 the microfilms in the Archive Section were checked against the original family group records and it was found that 18,000 sheets were not microfilmed. The missing sheets were photocopied and then microfilmed as an addendum to the collection. This collection is now online

1,998 microfilm reels, beginning with 1273501 and the addendum starts on film 1750758.

Oriental Collection
1930-1979

Family group records for some countries or non-Roman languages were either not included in the Main Collection, or were updated after the main collection was filmed. These additional collections were later filmed separately. This collection is arranged alphabetically by husband's romanized name, then by birth date. Most records are for persons living from ca. 1100-1979 A.D.

33 microfilm reels, beginning with
Japanese on 795724,
Chinese on 795844,
Korean on 795847.

Greece and miscellaneous countries
1942-1982

Family group records for some countries or non-Roman languages were either not included in the Main Collection, or were updated after the main collection was filmed. These additional collections were later filmed separately. This collection is arranged alphabetically, by husband's name when known, and by wife's name when name of husband is unknown. Within this arrangement, records of different people with the same name are arranged by birthdate.

3 microfilm reels, with miscellaneous countries beginning on 1281096 and Greece on 1281098.

In the Archive Section, an asterisk (*) next to the name of the husband, wife, their parents, or their children indicates that this individual appears on another Archive Section family group record. An asterisk next to the name of a child's spouse indicates another spouse is specified on the back of the record.

Patrons Section

Three million family group records were submitted to the Patrons Section between 1926-1979. The purpose was to share genealogical information and identify others working on the same lines. Each collection has some names that cannot be found in other filmings. The family group records often included a brief list of the sources used to compile the record. Sometimes the sources specify old film numbers or book numbers used by the Family History Library. Some records also included biographical histories for the family members listed on the form. In many instances several records have been submitted for the same family unit. Comparison of these records will sometimes reveal discrepancies. The collection binders have been removed from circulation so these records are available only on microfilm.

The 1924 Collection

The 1924- collection has been filmed twice, once after 1950 and again after 1962. This collection should not be confused with the "1924-1942 : unalphabetized" collection.

Submission Years
Notes
Films

1924-1950

Records pertain primarily to persons living from ca. 1700-1962. Contains some records for persons living as far back as 600 A.D. Records arranged in approximate alphabetical order. Surnames spelled differently but pronounced the same are often interfiled; some records filed out of alphabetical order. Records for some surnames are incomplete or missing. This filming is difficult to read. The 1924-1962 filming includes most of these records and is more legible.

824 microfilm reels, beginning with 260872

1924-1962

Records are arranged alphabetically by husband's name when known, and by wife's name when name of husband is unknown. If there is more than one record with the same filing name then they are arranged by birth/christening date. Some records were filmed slightly out of order. This filming includes most of the records from the 1924-1950 filming and is more legible.

614 microfilm reels, beginning with 412088


The 1962 Collection

The 1962- collection resulted from the Three- and Four-Generation Programs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1965 the Church asked members to submit family group records for three generations of their family. By the end of 1966, about 20% of members had participated. In 1966 the Church extended the request to four generations plus a pedigree chart. Submissions made after 1 July 1979 were added to Ancestral File rather than the Family Group Records Collection.[2]

The 1962- collection has also been filmed twice. The 1962-1977 filming is arranged alphabetically and the 1962-1979 filming is arranged by submission year. The collection was previously available to the public in binders marked with yellow labels on the spines.

Submission Years
Notes
Films

1962-1977

Arranged alphabetically by husband's name when known, and by wife's name when name of husband is unknown. If there is more than one record with the same filing name then they are arranged by birth/christening date. Filming was done in two groups. Surnames "A" to "Kelsey" were filmed first and occupy rolls 1558711 through 1558961. The filming was stopped when it was discovered that Ancestral File contained information for 80 percent of the sheets. Surnames "Kelsey" to "Z" were filmed in 2003-2004 on rolls 2368889, 2369005.

596 microfilm reels, beginning with 1558711

1962-1979

Arranged by submission year, then by husband's name (or wife's name if husband is unknown), and then by birth date (or christening date if birth is unknown). Years 1962-1965 were interfiled. Subsequent years are grouped by individual year. Records that were submitted during 1978 and 1979 are included in this filming, but not the 1962-1977 filming.

1165 microfilm reels, beginning with 428056


Miscellaneous Collections

The patrons section also contains a number of small, miscellaneous collections.

Name
Notes
Films

Miscellaneous Collection

These family group records are sometimes referred to as supplementary family group records. They were submitted to the Genealogical Society for filing only.

41 microfilm reels, beginning with 284729

Amor and related families

Miscellaneous family group records of the Amor, Wall (Whale) and related families of Wiltshire and elsewhere in England.

1 microfilm reel, FHL film 284734

Central States Mission temple record book

Records pertain to people living from ca. 1770 onward, primarily in the southern and midwestern United States.

1 microfilm reel, FHL film 284747

Doty, Doten and related families

Three surname groupings, Doty, Doten, and allied families (including Pack); then arranged alphabetically. Most individuals lived from about 1700-1930 and resided in New England or the midwest. Allied families are incomplete starting with S.

8 microfilm reels, beginning with FHL film 284776

Greene and related families

Submitted by the Pack family. Arranged by record number,regardless of surname. Most individuals lived from about 1700-1930 and resided in New England or the midwest.

8 microfilm reels, starting with FHL film 284784

Hayes and related families

Information in these records was taken from volume 2 of John Hayes, A Book of His Family by Katharine F. Richmond (1866-). Prepared by Don Reay, Fillmore, Utah.

1 microfilm reel, FHL film 284798

Hull and related families

Thomas Hull was born in County Antrim, Ireland in 1805, and moved to Scotland where the family became Mormons. They emigrated to the United States in 1854 and to Utah in 1859. Includes biographies of Hull family members compiled by Margretta Hull Rallison. submitted by Wealthy Hull, Salt Lake City, Utah.

1 microfilm reel, FHL film 284757

Isaksen and related families of Royken, Buskerud, Norway

Includes records for persons living from about 1670 onward. Submitted by Annetta Isaksen.

1 microfilm reel, FHL film 284760

Ives and related families

Arranged by record number, regardless of surname. Most individuals lived from about 1700-1930 and resided in New England or the midwest. Submitted by the Pack family.

3 microfilm reels, beginning with FHL film 284792

Morgan and related families

The Morgan family of Gloucestershire, England, primarily in the 1700's. Submitted by R. W. Morgan, Lawndale, California.

1 microfilm reel, FHL film 284769

Niederer and related families

Niederer family group records of Lutzenberg, St. Gallen, Switzerland, copied from Julius Billeter's records by Elizabeth F. Peterson, Manti, Utah.--1950, surnames Furguson-Fyt (partial duplicate copy of film 261135).

1 microfilm reel, FHL film 284775

Parker and related families

Includes family group records, biographical sketches, etc. for the Parker, Agee, Ross, Daniel and related families of Sevier County, Utah and elsewhere, gathered by Ella Parker Ogden, Salt Lake City, Utah.

2 microfilm reels, FHL films 284795-6

Reynolds and related families of Roanoke Co., Virginia

Submitted by Ethel Marr Adair, Sparks, Nevada.

1 microfilm reel, FHL film 284730

Schweizer and related families

Includes Boosinger, Schweizer and related families of Switzerland and elsewhere. Submitted by John M. Bossinger, Albion, Idaho.

1 microfilm reel, FHL film 284743

Smith, Denney, Berrett and related families of Utah and Idaho

Submitted by Mrs. Ruth Berrett, Murray, Utah.

1 microfilm reel, FHL film 284742

Taylor and related families

The Taylor, Ostler and related families of Salt Lake City, Utah and elsewhere. Indexed in the [Early Church Information file]. Submitted by Anne T. Irving, West Jordan, Utah.

1 microfilm reel, FHL film 284759

Tongan Mission and Groveland, Idaho Ward

Persons in records lived primarily from ca. 1800 onward.

1 microfilm reel, FHL film 284768


One final collection in the patrons section is the "1924-1942 : unalphabetized" collection. It is cataloged under "patron section" instead of "patrons section." This collection should not be confused with the alphabetized, 1924- collection.

Name
Notes
Films

1924-1942 : unalphabetized

Family group records filmed in the order received; no alphabetical or geographical arrangement. "Probably the very first collection of family group records. These forms had spaces to record families on the front and back of the sheet — therefore they are called the Form 2 collection. Because of this condition, it was not possible to alphabetize the sheets." [1]

1030 microfilm reels, beginning with 685000


Converting Old Microfilm Numbers to New Numbers

The data sources listed on some of these family group records often include old book and film numbers. There have been a number of old book and film numbers used by the Family History Library over the years to identify and label its book and microfilm collections. When microfilming began, a combination of letters and numbers was used to number the films. Later, a system of serial numbers with part numbers was used. Finally, a straight numbering system was used beginning with film number 000001. Each time, the existing films were renumbered. Today there are more than 2,400,000 microfilms in the library's collection.

In order to find a source on film, you may need to convert an old film number to a new film number. For instructions, see "Old film numbers."

Other family group record collections

Other notable collections of family group records or family group sheets held by the Family History Library, but not included in the "Family Group Records Collection," include

  • Ancestral File.
  • Ancestral file submission sheets. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983-1994,1996. (On 606 FHL films, beginning with 1,394,001.) Consult these films to see the source citations that were not keyed into Ancestral File.
  • Everton publishers computerized family file, vols. 1 & 2. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 198-. (On 251 microfiches, FHL 6334056. No circulation to family history centers.) Also known as the Computerized Family File.
  • Family Group Records: Collected and Compiled by the Former Spanish-American Mission. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973, 1980. (On 8 FHL films, beginning with film 940001.) Most of these records were submitted by members of the Spanish-Mexican Mission, which included Mexico and the Spanish-speaking Saints in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
  • Family Group Records Sent to Mesa Family History Center. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1992. (On 74 FHL films, beginning with film 1,832,019.) Family group sheets at Mesa Family History Center, Mesa, Arizona. Records were submitted by Arizona researchers, but families may be located in other states and countries.
  • Four-Generation Pedigrees and Family Group Sheets, 1700–1983. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The. Genealogical Department. Branch Library (Johannesburg, Transvaal). (FHL film 1367174.) These are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the Church member descendant in South Africa. This set is incomplete.
  • Pedigree Resource File.
  • Piedmont Project Family Group Sheets. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The. Genealogical Department. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968. (FHL films 472230–81.) To assist members with Italian ancestry, the Genealogical Department filled out family group sheets from sources found in 16 Protestant parishes in the Province of Torino, Italy.
  • Polynesian Family Group Records Collection, 1924–1969. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, (197–?) (FHL films 1901843–69.) This is a film copy of the Polynesian collection at the Laie Family History Center in Hawaii. Most of these sheets are also found in the Archives Section, discussed above.

Further Reading

For further details about these family group records see:

  • Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah). United States and Canada Reference Unit. Tracing LDS Families. Second edition. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2000. Information about availability of the original collection binders is outdated.
  • "Family History Library Catalog." Online database. FamilySearch.org. copyright 2008.
  • Meyerink, Kory L. "General References and Guides." In The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, editors. Third edition. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006. Page 81.
  • Nichols, Elizabeth. "Family Group Collections of the Family History Library." Genealogical Journal 24 (Winter 1996): 11-27. Family History Library book 973 D5gi; not available on microfilm. This article also describes the relationship of the Temple Records Index Bureau Endowment Index (TIB), the Ordinance Index, and "Ancestral File" to the family group records. Information about availability of the original collection binders is outdated.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Elizabeth Nichols, "Family Group Collections of the Family History Library," Genealogical Journal 24 (Winter 1996): 11-27.
  2. James B. Allen, et. al., Hearts Turned to the Fathers: A History of the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1894-1994 (Provo, Utah: BYU Studies, Brigham Young University).