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The term genealogy is used in this article and in the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] to describe a variety of records containing family information previously gathered by other researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include pedigree charts, compiled data on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. These sources can save time, but because they are compiled from other sources, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy.  
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The term genealogy is used in this article and in the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] to describe a variety of records containing family information previously gathered by other researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include pedigree charts, compiled data on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. These sources can save time, but because they are compiled from other sources, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy. [[Image:Book collection Cedar City FHC.jpg|right|300px|Book collection Cedar City FHC.jpg]]__TOC__
  
 
== Nationwide Indexes  ==
 
== Nationwide Indexes  ==
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== Web Sites About Your Family  ==
 
== Web Sites About Your Family  ==
  
Search the Internet for family history web sites about your surname.
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Search the Internet for family history web sites about your surname.  
  
 
== Family Group Records Collection  ==
 
== Family Group Records Collection  ==
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*''Register of Research Department Patron Files'' {{FHL|250408|item|disp=on FHL Fiche 6031501 and 6031502}}.<ref>Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Research Department. ''Register of Research Department Patron Files''. Two volumes. Salt Lake City, Utah: [Genealogical Society of Utah], 1967, 1989. (Family History Library book 929.1 R311r; Volume 1 on fiche 6031501 [set of 6], and Volume 2 on fiche 6072505 [set of 2]).</ref> Includes directions on how to use the special indexes to the files.
 
*''Register of Research Department Patron Files'' {{FHL|250408|item|disp=on FHL Fiche 6031501 and 6031502}}.<ref>Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Research Department. ''Register of Research Department Patron Files''. Two volumes. Salt Lake City, Utah: [Genealogical Society of Utah], 1967, 1989. (Family History Library book 929.1 R311r; Volume 1 on fiche 6031501 [set of 6], and Volume 2 on fiche 6072505 [set of 2]).</ref> Includes directions on how to use the special indexes to the files.
  
'''For further information see also [[Research Department Patron Files 1928 to 1966]].'''
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'''For further information see also [[Research Department Patron Files 1928 to 1966]].'''  
  
 
== Proxy Baptisms  ==
 
== Proxy Baptisms  ==

Revision as of 14:31, 3 December 2013

The term genealogy is used in this article and in the Family History Library to describe a variety of records containing family information previously gathered by other researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include pedigree charts, compiled data on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. These sources can save time, but because they are compiled from other sources, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy.
Book collection Cedar City FHC.jpg

Contents


Nationwide Indexes

You will find information about some Latter-day Saints in the following genealogical indexes:

These indexes are available at the Family History Library and many libraries with family history collections.

Web Sites About Your Family

Search the Internet for family history web sites about your surname.

Family Group Records Collection

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. It is divided into two sections: the Patrons Section and the Archive Section.

The original family group records in the Archive Section (1942–1969) and the Patrons Section (1962–1977) are filmed. The Patron Section (1926–1962 and 1978–1979) are only available on microfilm.

Patron Section

The Patron Section part of the collection contains three million family group record forms that were submitted to the Church to share genealogical information and identify others working on the same lines. Temple work was not requested. Each section has some names found in no other filming:

Archive Section

The Archive Section of the Family Group Records Collection contains 5 million family group records submitted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between 1942 and 1969 for temple work. The microfilms are listed under:

  • Family Group Records Collection, Archives Section 1942–1969 [4]In 1993 the microfilms of the Archives Section were checked against the original family group records and found 18,000 sheets that had not been microfilmed. These records were photocopied, and filmed as an addendum [5]

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

  • "Family Group Collections of the Family History Library." [6]This also describes the relationship of the Temple Records Index Bureau Endowment Index, the Ordinance Index, and Ancestral File to the family group records.

Miscellaneous Family Group Records

The Family History Library has other collections of family group records:

  • Family Group Records: Collected and Compiled by the Former Spanish-American Mission [7]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.
  • Polynesian Family Group Records Collection, 1924–1969 [8]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.
  • Piedmont Project Family Group Sheets. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968 [9]To assist members with Italian ancestry, the Genealogical Department filled out family group sheets from sources found in sixteen Protestant parishes in the Province of Torino, Italy.
  • Four-Generation Pedigrees and Family Group Sheets, 1700–1983[10]These are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the Church member descendant in South Africa. This set is incomplete.
  • Julius Billeter did research for many Church members with ancestors from Switzerland between the years 1896-1950 and also a few from Germany. Tens of thousands of his family group records were microfilmed, many of which date from the years 1550-1900. For the call numbers, look in the Surname Search of the Family History Library Catalog under the family surname, or look in the Author/Title Search under Billeter, Julius.

Pedigree Charts

The Family History Library has several collections of pedigree charts submitted by members of the Church.

  • Pedigree Charts Submitted to the Church Record Archives (Indexed), 1924–1962 [11]These charts go with the family group record forms submitted to the Patron Section from 1924 to 1962. The card index lists every name shown on the pedigree charts with code numbers you can use to find the person on the appropriate pedigree chart. The index number at the bottom of each index card consists of the binder number, the chart number within that binder, and the person’s number on the chart
  • . Pedigree Charts Submitted to the Church Record Archives (Alphabetized), 1962, 1965 [12]This source is actually two collections of pedigree charts. In each section the pedigrees are arranged alphabetically by the name of the first person on each chart. No index to the other names on the charts is available.
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Record Examining Department. Pedigree Charts, Submitted to the Record Examining Department, 1942–1969.

Research Department Patron Files

  • Research Department Patron Files, ca. 1928–1966, and Indexes starting on FHL Film 540714[13] From 1928–1966, the Genealogical Department conducted paid research for Latter-day Saints. These files contain correspondence, documents, pedigree charts, and family group records. This collection includes files as of 1966. They are arranged by the name of the person requesting the research. Check the files carefully because a requestor’s name may appear on several different films.

You can quickly find all the listings for a requestor using the FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog (compact disc edition).

  1. Use the Computer Number Search to find 7336
  2. Tap the F3 key. This brings up a "Find Word" search screen.
  3. Tap the space bar once to add a blank before the surname.
  4. Type the requestor’s surname and put a comma after it, and then tap enter. The computer will move to that surname.
  5. Sometimes a requestor’s name appears in more than one place, so keep tapping F3 and enter until you come to the end of the file. For common surnames, add a letter or two of the first name.

There are also several other specialized indexes which are not easy to use. For instructions read the introduction in this outdated register:

For further information see also Research Department Patron Files 1928 to 1966.

Proxy Baptisms

Baptisms for the dead are one of the better sources to use to extend the pedigree of a member who was alive anytime before 1958. Proxy baptisms usually show several relatives being baptized at the same time.

Look through the records you already have about your family. Search your family group records, the Ordinance Index, the Ancestral File, and the Pedigree Resource File to find proxy baptisms. Then look up the original proxy baptism records. Old baptism records will list who the heir is and give his relationship to the deceased.

Heir indexes to proxy baptisms list the name of the heir and each page where temple work for the heir’s ancestors can be found. Remember to check indexes that cover several time periods in the same temple, and also check other temples that were open at the same time.

For more information see the "Heir Indexes" part of the "Temple Records" page.

Genealogical Surveys

Genealogical surveys were two-or four-page forms. The forms requested biographical information about the person and his or her children, brothers, sisters, parents, and ancestors.

  • Genealogical Surveys of LDS Members: Autobiographies and Ancestors [15]These are indexed in the Early Church Information File.
  • Ogden Stake Relief Society. Genealogical Charts and Biographical Sketches of Members of the L.D.S. Church [16]The records are arranged by ward and then alphabetized by married surname. These are indexed in the Early Church Information File.
  • Personal Histories, ca. 1917 [17]These forms were filled out by members in the Utah Stake in Utah County, Utah. These are indexed in the Early Church Information File.
  • Records & Historical Sketches of Residents of Davis County, Utah [18]These forms were filled out by members in Davis County, Utah. These are indexed in the Early Church Information File.

Genealogical surveys for other areas are listed in the Subject Search of the Family History Library Catalog under

  • MORMONS — BIOGRAPHY

References

  1. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Family Group Records Collection; Patron Section, 1962–1977. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988–1990. (Family History Library films 1558711–961).
  2. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Family Group Records Collection; Patron Section, 1962–1979. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966–1980. (On 1165 Family History Library films starting with 428056).
  3. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Family Group Records Collection; Patron Section, 1924–1962. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1965–1966. (On 614 Family History Library films starting with 412088).
  4. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Family Group Records Collection, Archives Section 1942–1969. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977, 1993. (On 1998 Family History Library films beginning with 1273501).
  5. (Family History Library films 1750758–64 items 1–6).
  6. Nichols, Elizabeth. "Family Group Collections of the Family History Library." Genealogical Journal 24 (Winter 1996): 11–27. (Family History Library book 973 D5gj).
  7. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Spanish-American Mission. Family Group Records: Collected and Compiled by the Former Spanish-American Mission. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973, 1980. (On 8 Family History Library films beginning with film 940001).
  8. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Polynesian Family Group Records Collection, 1924–1969. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, [197-?]. (Family History Library films 1901843–69).
  9. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department. Piedmont Project Family Group Sheets. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968. (Family History Library films 472230–81).
  10. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department. Branch Library (Johannesburg, Transvaal). Four-Generation Pedigrees and Family Group Sheets, 1700–1983. (Family History Library film 1367174).
  11. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogy Society. Pedigree Charts Submitted to the Church Record Archives (Indexed), 1924–1962. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1962, 1972. (The card index is on Family History Library films 820089–115; the pedigrees are on Family History Library films 271430–63).
  12. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogy Society. Pedigree Charts Submitted to the Church Record Archives (Alphabetized), 1962, 1965. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1962, 1965. (Family History Library films 281745–81 for 1962 and 399912–46 for 1965).
  13. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Research Department. Research Department Patron Files, ca. 1928–1966, and Indexes. Salt Lake City, Utah; Genealogical Society of Utah. 1965–1970, 1976, (On 4018 Family History Library films starting with 540714).
  14. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Research Department. Register of Research Department Patron Files. Two volumes. Salt Lake City, Utah: [Genealogical Society of Utah], 1967, 1989. (Family History Library book 929.1 R311r; Volume 1 on fiche 6031501 [set of 6], and Volume 2 on fiche 6072505 [set of 2]).
  15. Genealogical Surveys of LDS Members: Autobiographies and Ancestors. 34 Volumes. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1924–1929. (Family History Library book 289.3 G286g; films 1059454–63).
  16. Ogden Stake Relief Society. Genealogical Charts and Biographical Sketches of Members of the L.D.S. Church, Ogden Stake. 26 Volumes. [Ogden, Utah: Stake Relief Society, Genealogy Committee], 1915–1920. (Family History Library book Q 979.288 D2o; films 564276–85).
  17. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah Stake. Genealogical Committee. Personal Histories, ca. 1917. Two Volumes. N.p., [1917?] (Family History Library book Q 979.224 D3c; fiche 6031600 [set of 12]).
  18. Eldredge, Jane Jennings. Records Historical Sketches of Residents of Davis County, Utah. Nine Volumes. Typescript, 1916. (Family History Library book Q 979.227 D2e; film 1059485 items 5–13).