Just as in the days of Nephi we are striving to preserve our genealogical records. Nephi was sent to obtain the plates of brass “which contained the genealogy my father” (1 Ne:3:12) to preserve his heritage, culture, and religion. Today we are still seeking these records to allow all of Gods children the opportunity to identify their ancestors and have their hearts turned to their fathers.
The Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is initiating a program to identify our nation’s vital records along with the record custodians in the United States.
The Family History Records Division would like to request your help in locating and listing the records in your geographic area. These records may be located in churches, genealogical societies, county court houses, local archives, or even at a national archive level. The work will be performed during the regular business hours of the record custodian.
Those who are interested in participating in this program will be directed to local record custodians where they will identify and list records which Family History department employees may be interested in negotiating for digital capture, indexing, and publishing to FamilySearch.org in the future. We ask that you have intermediate to professional knowledge of record sets and types in order to help with this process. In addition to this previous experience, you will also receive training to help you in your volunteer position.
Please note that at this time we are not interested in personal collections with a narrow scope. We are working to identify important sets of records in order to create and prioritize them for future consideration.
In addition, we are looking for Church missionaries and general public volunteers to capture images in their local areas. If you would be interested in helping in either of these efforts, we would very much like to speak with you. Please contact Karma Tomlinson or Shanna Shirley at 801-240-4546, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You may also view more information regarding digital capture opportunities by visiting, familysearch.org/records-mission.
We would appreciate hearing from you if you are interested in identifying or capturing the invaluable genealogical records that make the great work of family history possible.