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This collection consists of LDS Church membership records for the years 1830 to 1907.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- “LDS Church Membership Records, 1830-1907.” Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Historical Department, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the your ancestor’s name as well as some identifying information such as the date and place of birth or the spouse’s name.
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To search the collection
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the 'Entry number' category which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the names of the parents' father and mother to find additional generations of the family.
- Use the birth date and place to search for a civil birth record.
- Use the place and names to locate other records such as census and land records.
- Use the death date to search for probates, wills, cemetery and mortuary records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
- You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to determine if any of the individuals in this collection are part of your family.
- Additional searches of the records may be necessary to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives.
- This information may also be available in the "Trees" section of FamilySearch.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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