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The Family Group Records Collection has about 8 million family group records that were created by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The collection is divided into two sections

Archive Section

The original family group records in the Archive Section were submitted between 1942-1969 for temple work. Five million family group records were submitted during this time period. The records are now on microfilm.

Submission Years
Notes
Films

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.

1,998 microfilm reels,  beginning with 1273501 and the additional binders start on film 1750758

Patron Section

Three million family group records were submitted to the Patron Section between 1926-1979. The purpose was to share genealogical information and identify others working on the same lines. Temple work was not requested.

The family group records often included a brief list of the sources used to compile the record. Some records also included biographical histories for the family members listed on the form.

If members of the LDS Church participated in the Three Generation or Four Generation record submission programs, their original submission would now be found on microfilm.

Submission Years
Notes
Films

1924-1950

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.

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 slighly out of order. Most of the records submitted during 1924-1950 were included in this filming and are more legible.

614 microfilm reels, beginning with 412088

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. In many instances several records have been submitted for the same family unit. Comparison of these records will sometimes reveal discrepancies.

596 microfilm reels, beginning with 1558711

1962-1979

The records submitted during 1978 and 1979 were microfilmed separately because they are not interfiled with the 1962-1977 collection. In later years, the records were put directly into the Ancestral File which can be searched online at www.familysearch.org

61 microfilm reels, beginning with 1281028

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

Further Reading

For further details about most of the family group records see:

Nichols, Elizabeth. "Family Group Collections of the Family History Library." Genealogical Journal 24 (Winter 1996): 11-27. (Family History Library book 973 D5gi, but not on microfilm.) This article also describes the relationship of the Temple Records Index Bureau Endowment Index, the Ordinance Index, and Ancestral File to the family group records.


 

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