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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has only a few scattered membership records before 1847. Most membership records began in 1877. Membership records usually include information about births, marriages, deaths, and Church ordinances.  
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[[Image:LDS stake center in West Valley City, Utah.jpg|right|175px|LDS stake center in West Valley City, Utah.jpg]]The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has only a few scattered membership records before 1847. Most membership records began in 1877. Membership records usually include information about births, marriages, deaths, and Church ordinances.<br><br>
  
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=== Determining Which Membership Records to Use  ===
  
== Types of Membership Records  ==
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Make a time line of your ancestor’s life with emphasis on the time when he or she was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Using a family group record showing your ancestor as a child and as a parent, list birth dates and places for your ancestor, siblings and children. Include the dates and places of all other events that you know, or find them by using the sources mentioned in FamilySearch Wiki articles. Check for membership records in each place listed on your time line. As you use the membership records, add to the time line any additional dates and places you find.
  
Over the years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has used several types of membership records. While most clerks used the following six standard formats for membership records, some wards, stakes, and missions created their own forms. Some membership records include an index. The indexes are usually alphabetized only by the first letter of the surname and include only individuals who have their own entry. Parents and other individuals mentioned within the entry were not indexed.
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=== Types of Membership Records  ===
  
=== 1830-1877&nbsp; Journal Type  ===
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Over the years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has used several types of membership records. While most clerks used the following six standard formats for membership records, some wards, stakes, and missions created their own forms. Some membership records include an index. The indexes are usually alphabetized only by the first letter of the surname and include only individuals who have their own entry. Parents and other individuals mentioned within the entry were not indexed.
  
The earliest membership records were bound books of plain paper, often provided by the clerk himself. Membership clerks often recorded baptisms, confirmations, blessings of babies, marriages, deaths, priesthood ordinations, tithes and offerings, and emigrants. These records sometimes include early civil court minutes. Most of these records are not indexed, and must be searched page by page.
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==== 1830-1877&nbsp; Journal Type  ====
  
=== 1877-1900&nbsp; Long Book Form  ===
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The earliest membership records were bound books of plain paper, often provided by the clerk himself. Membership clerks often recorded baptisms, confirmations, blessings of babies, marriages, deaths, [[LDS Priesthood Records|priesthood ordinations]], tithes and offerings, and [[LDS Emigration and Immigration|emigrants]]. These records sometimes include early civil court minutes. Most of these records are not indexed, and must be searched page by page. [[Image:{{JournalType}}]]
  
In 1877 many members of the LDS&nbsp;church were rebaptized to renew their covenants. The long book format was created to record these rebaptisms and reconfirmations. When open, these books were about four feet wide (long). These records start with an index and include the following information: name; birth date and place; parents’ names; date of baptism, confirmation, rebaptism, reconfirmation, priesthood ordinations; date the person was received into and removed from the ward; death date; and remarks.
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==== 1877-1900&nbsp; Long Book Form  ====
  
=== 1900-1920&nbsp; Three-Part Form  ===
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In 1877 many members of the LDS&nbsp;church were rebaptized to renew their covenants. The long book format was created to record these rebaptisms and reconfirmations. When open, these books were about four feet wide (long). These records start with an index and include the following information: name, birth date and place, parents’ names, date of baptism, confirmation, rebaptism, reconfirmation, [[LDS Priesthood Records|priesthood ordinations]], date the person was received into and removed from the ward, death date, and remarks.
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==== 1900-1920&nbsp; Three-Part Form  ====
  
 
This format starts with an index that has three columns. The columns are for:  
 
This format starts with an index that has three columns. The columns are for:  
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*''Part I. Baptized members.'' This gives each member’s name, birth date and place, parents’ names, date of baptism and confirmation, and by whom performed, membership record numbers, and remarks, which often include arrival, removal, and death.
 
*''Part I. Baptized members.'' This gives each member’s name, birth date and place, parents’ names, date of baptism and confirmation, and by whom performed, membership record numbers, and remarks, which often include arrival, removal, and death.
  
*''Part II. Priesthood ordinations'' which include the name, date of ordination, to what office, by whom, and reference to the membership number where this person can be found in part I, and remarks.
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*''Part II. [[LDS Priesthood Records|Priesthood ordinations]]&nbsp;'' which include the name, date of ordination, to what office, by whom, and reference to the membership number where this person can be found in part I, and remarks.
  
*''Part III. Children not yet baptized'', nine years and younger. It lists the name of the child, date and place of birth, parents’ names, date of blessing and by whom blessed, and remarks.
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*''Part III. Children not yet baptized'', nine years and younger. It lists the name of the child, date and place of birth, parents’ names, date of blessing and by whom blessed, and remarks.<br><br>[[Image:{{3ptLeft}}]][[Image:{{3ptRight}}]]<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
  
=== 1920-1941&nbsp; Box-Type  ===
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==== 1920-1941&nbsp; Box-Type  ====
  
In 1920 the LDS&nbsp;Church introduced the box-type form. Four to six boxes were printed on each page. The index in the front shows the number assigned to the box rather than being a page number. Each box has a space for the member’s name, sex, date and place of birth, parents’ names, dates of blessing, baptism, and confirmation and by who performed, dates of priesthood ordinations and office, and by whom performed, date of death, arrivals and removals, spouse’s name, marriage date and place, and whether it was a civil or temple ceremony.  
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In 1920 the LDS Church introduced the box-type form. Four to six boxes were printed on each page. The index in the front shows the number assigned to the box rather than being a page number. Each box has a space for the member’s name, sex, date and place of birth, parents’ names, dates of blessing, baptism, and confirmation and by who performed, dates of [[LDS Priesthood Records|priesthood ordinations]] and office, and by whom performed, date of death, arrivals and removals, spouse’s name, marriage date and place, and whether it was a civil or temple ceremony.<br><br>[[Image:{{BoxType}}]]
  
=== 1941-present&nbsp; Card Type  ===
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==== 1941-present&nbsp; Card Type  ====
  
Starting in 1941 each member’s record was kept on an individual card. When a member left the ward, the card was returned to Church headquarters and then, upon request, sent to the member’s new Church unit. These records are not available for research. If the member died, however, the card was placed in the Deceased Members File. See [[LDS Vital Records]] for more information about this file.  
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Starting in 1941 each member’s record was kept on an individual card. When a member left the ward, the card was returned to Church headquarters and then, upon request, sent to the member’s new Church unit. These records are not available for research. If the member died, however, the card was placed in the ''[[LDS Vital Records#Deceased_Members_File|Deceased Members File]]''.<br><br>[[Image:{{DMF1957}}]]
  
=== 1907-1983&nbsp; Annual Genealogical Report-Form E and Form 42FP  ===
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==== 1907-1983&nbsp; Annual Genealogical Report-Form E and Form 42FP  ====
  
The Church began using these forms in 1907 and kept them concurrently with the membership records. These forms do not list each member in the ward or branch. They only include entries about people who were blessed, baptized, ordained to priesthood offices, sent or returned from missions, married, divorced, or died during the year. Form E was used by stakes. Form 42FP was used in the mission field. Form 42FP included yearly sections for members who emigrated to Zion and full-time missionaries who worked in the area during the year from 1911 to 1962. You must search the Annual Genealogical Reports year by year because they are not indexed.  
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The Church began using these forms in 1907 and kept them concurrently with the membership records. These forms do not list each member in the ward or branch. They only include entries about people who were blessed, baptized, [[LDS Priesthood Records|ordained to priesthood offices]], [[LDS Missionaries|sent or returned from missions]], married, divorced, or died during the year. Form E was used by stakes. Form 42FP was used in the mission field. Form 42FP included yearly sections for members who [[LDS Emigration and Immigration|emigrated]] to Zion and full-time missionaries who worked in the area during the year from 1911 to 1962. You must search the ''Annual Genealogical Reports&nbsp;'' year by year because they are not indexed. Some researchers prefer these annual reports because they were compiled within a year of each event listed.<br><br>[[Image:{{AGRFormE}}]]
  
== Finding Membership Records  ==
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=== Finding Membership Records  ===
  
The Family History Library and Family History Centers have access to membership records to about 1940 and the Annual Genealogical Reports up to 1948. To find film numbers for ward, branch, conference, stake or mission records do a Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog for the town where the congregation was located.  
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The [[Family History Library]] and some [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] have access to membership records to about 1940 and the ''Annual Genealogical Reports&nbsp;'' up to 1948. They are either in a book or can be found on film that can be ordered and viewed at the Family History Centers. To find film numbers for ward, branch, conference, stake or mission records do a ''Place Search'' of the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the '''town''' where the congregation was located.  
  
For records from 1949 to 1983, you must go to the Church History Library in Salt Lake City.  
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For records from 1949 to 1983, you must go to the [[Church History Library]] in Salt Lake City.  
  
 
Many, but not all, film numbers for membership records are listed in  
 
Many, but not all, film numbers for membership records are listed in  
  
*Laureen R. Jaussi’s and Gloria D. Chaston’s ''Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers'', Volume 2, Provo, Utah:The Genealogy Tree, 1982.&nbsp;(FHL book 979.2258 A3j; microfice 6031507.) &nbsp;This register is arranged alphabetically by the name of the local unit on pages 5–57 to 5–203. These pages list the unit name; years covered; whether membership records, or Form E; and Family History Library&nbsp;film number. Pages 5–12 to 5–56 have a reference list showing units arranged alphabetically by nation, state or province, county, and town. Membership clerks often kept more than one set of records simultaneously. Membership records covering the same period may be found in a different section on the same film or on a separate film. If you cannot find membership records for the time or place you need in the catalog, consider that the Church unit may have been part of another ward or branch at that time. Many Church units changed their names or ceased to exist. See the '''[[LDS Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]''' section to find out where these membership records might be found.
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*Laureen R. Jaussi’s and Gloria D. Chaston’s ''Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers'', vol. 2 (Provo, Utah:The Genealogy Tree, 1982). {{WorldCat|865799759|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|129780|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6031507; Book 979.2258 A3j}}. This register is arranged alphabetically by the name of the local unit on pages 5–57 to 5–203. These pages list the unit name; years covered; whether membership records, or Form E; and Family History Library&nbsp;film number. Pages 5–12 to 5–56 have a reference list showing units arranged alphabetically by nation, state or province, county, and town.
  
== Other Membership Records  ==
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Membership clerks often kept more than one set of records simultaneously. Membership records covering the same period may be found in a different section on the same film or on a separate film.
  
The Church shares its early history with the Community of Christ, a church formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS). Regardless of their later religious affiliation, many early Saints are included in the early membership records of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Family History Library has many of these records on microfilm. You can look in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog for the place where an ancestor lived:
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If you cannot find membership records for the time or place you need in the catalog, consider that the Church unit may have been part of another ward or branch at that time. Many Church units changed their names, combined with other units, or ceased to exist. See the '''[[LDS Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]''' section to find out where these membership records might be found.
  
[STATE or PROVINCE], [COUNTY], [TOWN]— CHURCH RECORDS or under:
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=== Other Membership Records  ===
  
MISSOURI, JACKSON, INDEPENDENCE— CHURCH RECORDS
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The Church shares its early history with the {{wpd|Community of Christ}}, a church formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS). Regardless of their later religious affiliation, many early Saints are included in the early membership records of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Family History Library has {{FHL|Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints|keywords|disp=many of their records}} on microfilm. You can look in the ''Place Search'' of the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the place where an ancestor lived:
  
You could also look in the Author/Title Search under: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Branch]. A few membership records are also found in the Subject Search of the catalog under:  
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:'''[STATE or PROVINCE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] — CHURCH RECORDS''' or under:
  
REORGANIZED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS
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::'''{{FHL|363001|subject_id|disp=MISSOURI, JACKSON, INDEPENDENCE — CHURCH RECORDS}}'''<br><br>
  
For an inventory of the RLDS collection of membership records see: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Library- Archives.
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You could also look in the ''Author Search'' and ''Title Search'' under:  
  
*''Indexes to Archival Holdings, 1830–1994. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994''. (On 8 Family History Library&nbsp;films beginning with film {{FHL|1984484|film|disp=1984484}}). This card index is alphabetical by locality. It lists the locality, dates covered, type of record, and series number.
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:'''Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Branch]'''.<br><br>
  
'''Membership Records in the International Genealogical Index (IGI) '''&nbsp;Some listings in the Ordinance Index come from Church membership records.&nbsp;
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A few membership records are also found in the ''Subject Search'' of the catalog under:
  
*Early records will have one of the following batch numbers: '''694----.''' If the batch number begins with the numbers 694, it refers to membership records from various areas outside the mountain states and several international areas. If more than one source film is listed, only look at the films for areas where your ancestor lived. Some women appear in the membership records under their married names, so look for women under their maiden and married names in the Ordinance Index, and on the membership records. Your ancestor may be on the film more than once, and each entry may contain different information.
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:'''{{FHL|Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|subject|disp=REORGANIZED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS}}'''<br><br>
*'''H------.''' If the batch number begins with H, it came from the Deceased Members File. This file includes all the information that appeared on his or her membership record when the person died. This includes the name of their last ward or branch, and may include the name of other wards or branches where the person also attended. For more information on the Deceased Members File see [[LDS Vital Records]].
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*Membership information is currently going onto the IGI when a member of the Church dies. It will say it is&nbsp;"LDS membership of a deceased person." but there will be no source information available for the record.
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'''Indexes to Membership Records of a Specific Place''' The following indexes are for membership records of Utah, Wales, England, Italy, Samoa, or Scandinavia.
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For an inventory of the RLDS collection of membership records see the ''Author Search'' for:
  
*''Early Church Information File'' Early Church Information File. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1991. (Family History Library films {{FHL|1750655|film|disp=1750655}}–729) indexes Welsh membership records. Also included are a number of membership records from Utah and other places in the United States. It lists the member’s name, event date, event type (blessing, baptism, marriage, death, move-in, or move-out), branch, ward, stake, or mission name, and membership record microfilm number. For a list of the Utah wards indexed see the Early Church Information Resource Guide (34544).
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:'''{{FHL|490320|author_id|disp=Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Library - Archives}}'''
*Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church Historian’s Office. ''Historians’ Office Record of Members: Known as the "Minnie Margett’s File." Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1963''. (Family History Library&nbsp;films {{FHL|415443|film|disp=415443}}–57). This file is also called ''The Membership Card Index'' and ''Minnie Margett’s Card Index''. This is a large index of mostly English branch membership records (1839–1913). For a list of the English branch records see Family History Library&nbsp;film number 415443. Also see volume 2 of Jaussi and Chaston's ''Register...'' mentioned above under 'Finding Membership Records.'
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This index is alphabetical by the name of the member. Search for women under their maiden and their married surnames. Each card provides a place for the member’s name, date and place of birth, parents’ names, date and place of baptism, by whom baptized, priesthood ordinations and by who ordained, name of ward or branch, conference, mission, remarks, and source reference (usually Book [H.O.]No., Page, and Line). Copy all the information on the index card.  
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::*''Indexes to Archival Holdings, 1830–1994'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994). {{WorldCat|866354742|item|disp=WorldCat entry}}. {{FHL|745961|item|disp=On 8 FHL films beginning with film 1984484}}. This card index is alphabetical by locality. It lists the locality, dates covered, type of record, and series number.<br><br>
  
Also search the original membership record for data not included on the card. You can locate the microfilm number of the original membership record in two ways: 1) Look up the name of the branch or ward in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog, or 2) Find the name of the British branch or conference in: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department. ''Maps Showing LDS Branches in the British Isles''. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Department, 1965. (Family History Library&nbsp;book {{FHL|127160|title-id|disp=289.3 Ea85}}; film {{FHL|127160|title-id|disp=897403 item 6}}). This is arranged alphabetically by county and branch name. It shows maps, the branch or conference name, the dates covered, type of membership record, and the old film number and part number. The old film number is five digits, the part number is one or two digits. The FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog (compact disc edition) can convert the old number to a new film number. Go to the Film/Fiche Number Search and tap the letter C. Now type in the old film and part number. The search will then show you the current Familly History Library film number for the membership record. Once you are viewing the film of the original membership record, use the Book No. from the index card to find the H.O. or Liber or Libr. number on the film. Check the title pages in each section of the film to find the section with your H.O. or Liber number. Within this section of the film, turn to the page listed on the card and find the name of the Church member. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Samoan Mission. ''Membership Card File, Early to 1955''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. (Family History Library&nbsp;films {{FHL|2136|title-id|disp=1088695}}–701). This is an alphabetical card index of bound volumes of Samoan membership records. The cards give birth date, birth place, and parents’ names. Film copies of the bound volumes are found the Locality Search of the Family History Library catalog under:
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=== Membership Records in the ''International Genealogical Index'' ===
  
WESTERN SAMOA— CHURCH RECORDS AMERICAN SAMOA— CHURCH RECORDS
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Some listings in the old ''[[International Genealogical Index]] (IGI)&nbsp;'' came from Church membership records. These entries will have one of the following types of seven-digit batch numbers:
  
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Samoan Mission. ''Individual Membership Certificates, ca. 1955–1969''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. (Family History Library&nbsp;film {{FHL|1088701|film|disp=1088701}} item 3, and {{FHL|1088702|film|disp=1088702}}). These copies of the actual card type membership records are arranged in several alphabetical sequences. They show name, parents, birth date, ordinance dates, and date and branch moved to.  
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*'''694----.''' If the batch number begins with the numbers ''694'', it refers to membership records from various areas outside the mountain states and several international areas. If more than one source film is listed, only look at the films for areas where your ancestor lived. Some women appear in the membership records under their married names, so look for women under their maiden and married names in the ''[[International Genealogical Index]]'', and on the membership records. Your ancestor may be on the film more than once, and each entry may contain different information.
  
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Department. LDS Reference Unit. ''Scandinavian LDS Mission Index''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1992. (Family History Library&nbsp;fiche {{FHL|6060482|film|disp=6060482}} [set of 344]). A master index of members’ names in all membership records for Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland from early years to 1948. Also indexes emigration lists from Copenhagen. This may show a person's name, birth date, baptism date, death date, branch attended, and Family History Library film number.  
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*'''H------.''' If the batch number begins with ''H'', it came from the ''[[LDS Vital Records#Deceased_Members_File|Deceased Members File]]''. This file includes all the information that appeared on his or her membership record when the person died. This includes the name of their last ward or branch, and may include the name of other wards or branches where the person also attended.
  
'''Other Sources That May''' '''Identify a Member’s Church Unit'''
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Entires are no longer added, nor changed in the ''[[International Genealogical Index]]''. Membership information is currently going onto the ''FamilySearch Family Tree&nbsp;'' when a member of the LDS Church dies. The entry source will say it is an "LDS membership of a deceased person" but there will be no further source information available for the record.<br><br> [[Image:{{IGIsel}}]]
  
You need the name of the Church unit where an ancestor lived in order to find membership records. The following sources list the branch, ward, or stake where a member, individual, or family lived:
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=== Indexes to Membership Records of a Specific Place  ===
  
''Patriarchal Blessing Index (1830’s–1963).'' This card index on microfilm gives the date, place, and the stake where the patriarchal blessing was given. See [[LDS Patriarchal Blessings]] for more information.  
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The following indexes are for membership records of Utah, Wales, England, Italy, Samoa, or Scandinavia.  
  
''Missionary Record Index (1830–1971).'' This index gives the home ward and stake of each missionary. See [[LDS Missionaries]] for more information
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*''[[Early Church Information File (ECIF)|Early Church Information File]]'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1991). [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2078505 Online browsing edition]. {{WorldCat|866455810|item|disp=WorldCat entry}}. {{FHL|480808|item|disp=FHL Films 1750655–729}}. Indexes Welsh membership records, and a number of membership records from Utah and other places in the United States. It lists the member’s name, event date, event type (blessing, baptism, marriage, death, move-in, or move-out), branch, ward, stake, or mission name, and membership record microfilm number. For a list of the Utah wards indexed see the [[Early Church Information File (ECIF)#ECIF_wards|Early Church Information File (ECIF)]] Wiki page.
  
*''Church Census Records (1914–1960).'' These records name the ward or branch attended. From 1930 to 1960, the censuses may also give the previous ward that the family attended. See [[LDS Census]] for more information.
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*Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church Historian’s Office. ''Historians’ Office Record of Members: Known as the "Minnie Margett’s File"'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1963). {{WorldCat|865804168|item|disp=WorldCat entry}}. {{FHL|415443|film|disp=FHL Films 415443 to 415457}}. This file is known as both the ''Membership Card Index'' and the ''Minnie Margett’s File''. This is a large index of mostly English branch membership records (1839–1913). For a list of the English branches indexed in the file, see the summary on {{FHL|415443|film|disp=FHL Film 415443}}. The ''FamilySearch Catalog&nbsp;'' entry notes mention other wards and branches outside of England in Australia, Mexico, Samoa, and 28 congregations in the United States which are indexed in ''Minnie Margett's File''.[[Image:{{MMargetts}}]]<br>
  
''Deceased Members File (1941–present).'' The membership card gives the ward the person lived in at the time of death. It includes a space to list earlier wards where the person attended. For more information on the Deceased Members File see [[LDS Vital Records]].  
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:This index is alphabetical by the name of the member. Search for women under their maiden and their married surnames. Each card provides a place for the member’s name, date and place of birth, parents’ names, date and place of baptism, by whom baptized, priesthood ordinations and by who ordained, name of ward or branch, conference, mission, remarks, and source reference (usually Book [H.O.] No., Page, and Line). Copy all the information on the index card. Also search the original membership record for data not included on the card.<br><br>
  
''Membership Department''. If the Church has proof of a member’s death in 1976 or later, the Membership Department will give out information shown on their deceased membership record. This includes data about birth, marriage, death, priesthood, baptism, endowment, and sealing information. Telephone 801-240-3500 for more information.
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:You can locate the microfilm number of the original membership record in two ways:
  
*''Jubilee History of the Latter-day Saint Sunday Schools: 1849–1899''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Sunday School Union, 1900. (Family History Library book {{FHL|267.1893 J874|disp=267.1893 J874}}; film {{FHL|445165|title-id|disp=940031}} item 2). This is a history of individual ward and branch Sunday Schools. More than 11,000 leaders are listed in this work. It shows their name, position, and ward.For a personal name index see: ''Index to the Jubilee History of the Latter-day Saints Sunday Schools. N.p., 1975''. (Family History Library&nbsp;book 267.1893 J874 index; {{FHL|445180|title-id|disp=908793}} item 9.)
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:#Look up the name of the branch or ward in the ''Place Search'' of the ''[https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitysearch&columns=*,0,0 FamilySearch Catalog]''.  
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:#Find the name of the British branch or conference in:
  
'''Substitutes for Membership Records'''  
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::*Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department. ''Maps Showing LDS Branches in the British Isles'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: The Department, 1965). {{WorldCat|865823141|item|disp=WorldCat entry}}. {{FHL|127160|title-id|disp=FHL Film 897403 item 6; Book 289.3 Ea85}}. This is arranged alphabetically by county and branch name. It shows maps, the branch or conference name, the dates covered, type of membership record, and the old film number and part number. The old film number is five digits, the part number is one or two digits.
  
If membership records are incomplete or not available, you may want to use Sunday School records. Some areas had a Sunday School before a branch or ward was established. For Sunday School records, contact the Historical Department—Archive Search Room.  
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:::The FamilySearch FamilySearch Catalog (compact disc edition) can convert the old number to a new film number. Go to the Film/Fiche Number Search and tap the letter C. Now type in the old film and part number. The search will then show you the current Familly History Library film number for the membership record.
  
'''Finding a Current Church Member'''
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:::Once you are viewing the film of the original membership record:
  
The Church does not give out addresses of current members, nor does it forward sealed letters. However, if you need to contact a Church member, you can fill out a Member Contact form (33492). Fill in your name and address and the reason for the request. Give as much information as possible about the member’s name, birth date, birthplace, spouse, last known address, and other information. As you fill out the form you can request that the form be sent to the person’s next of kin if the person cannot be found. The Church will try to forward the form to the member. It is up to the member to decide whether or not to contact you. If the Church cannot find a current address, you will be notified. Do not use this form to notify persons of reunions.  
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:::#Use the Book No. from the index card to find the H.O. or Liber or Libr. number on the film.  
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:::#Check the title pages in each section of the film to find the section with your H.O. or Liber number.
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:::#Within this section of the film, turn to the page listed on the card and find the name of the Church member.<br>
  
== Determining What Membership Records to Use  ==
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*Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Samoan Mission. ''Membership Card File, Early to 1955'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978). {{WorldCat|865645102|item|disp=WorldCat entry}}. {{FHL|2136|title-id|disp=FHL Films 1088695–701}}. This is an alphabetical card index of bound volumes of Samoan membership records. The cards give birth date, birth place, and parents’ names. Film copies of the bound volumes are found the ''Place Search'' of the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library] Catalog under:
  
Make a time line of your ancestor’s life with emphasis on the time when he or she was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Using a family group record showing your ancestor as a child and as a parent, list birth dates and places for your ancestor, siblings and children. Include the dates and places of all other events that you know, or find them by using the sources mentioned in FamilySearch Wiki articles. Check for membership records in each place listed on your time line. As you use the membership records, add to the time line any additional dates and places you find.  
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*Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Samoan Mission. ''Individual Membership Certificates, ca. 1955–1969'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978). {{WorldCat|865900955|item|disp=WorldCat entry}}. {{FHL|1088701|film|disp=FHL Films 1088701 item 3}} and {{FHL|1088702|film|disp=1088702}}. These copies of the actual card type membership records are arranged in several alphabetical sequences. They show name, parents, birth date, ordinance dates, and date and branch to which he or she moved.
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*Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Department. LDS Reference Unit. ''Scandinavian LDS Mission Index'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1992). {{WorldCat|866496290|item|disp=WorldCat entry}}. {{FHL|6060482|film|disp=FHL Fiche 6060482}} [set of 344]. A master index of members’ names in all membership records for Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland from early years to 1948. Also indexes emigration lists from Copenhagen. This may show a person's name, birth date, baptism date, death date, branch attended, and Family History Library film number.
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'''FamilySearch Historical Records.&nbsp;''' A collection of LDS Church membership records for the years 1830 to 1907 is scheduled to become available. For more information see [[LDS Church Membership Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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=== Other Sources That May Identify a Member’s Church Unit  ===
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You need the name of the Church unit where an ancestor lived in order to find membership records. The following sources list the branch, ward, or stake where a member, individual, or family lived:
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*''Patriarchal Blessing Index (1830’s–1963).'' This card index on microfilm gives the date, place, and the stake where the patriarchal blessing was given. See [[LDS Patriarchal Blessings]] for more information.
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*''Missionary Record Index (1830–1971).'' This index gives the home ward and stake of each missionary. See [[LDS Missionaries]] for more information
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*''Church Census Records (1914–1960).'' These records name the ward or branch attended. From 1930 to 1960, the censuses may also give the previous ward that the family attended. See [[LDS Census]] for more information.
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*''Deceased Members File (1941–present).'' The membership card gives the ward the person lived in at the time of death. It includes a space to list earlier wards where the person attended. For more information on the ''Deceased Members File&nbsp;'' see [[LDS Vital Records#Deceased_Members_File|LDS Vital Records]].
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*''Membership Department''. If the Church has proof of a member’s death in 1976 or later, the Membership Department will give out information shown on their deceased membership record. This includes data about birth, marriage, death, priesthood, baptism, endowment, and sealing information. Telephone 801-240-3500 for more information.
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*''Jubilee History of the Latter-day Saint Sunday Schools: 1849–1899'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Sunday School Union, 1900). {{WorldCat|3228005|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|267.1893 J874|disp=FHL Film 445165 item 2; Book 267.1893 J874}}. This is a history of individual ward and branch Sunday Schools. More than 11,000 leaders are listed in this work. It shows their name, position, and ward. For a personal name index see:
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:*''Index to the Jubilee History of the Latter-day Saints Sunday Schools'' (N.p., 1975). {{WorldCat|866351973|item|disp=WorldCat entry}}. {{FHL|445180|title-id|disp=FHL Film 908793 item 9; Book 267.1893 J874 index}}.
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=== Substitutes for Membership Records  ===
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If membership records are incomplete or not available, you may want to use Sunday School records. Some areas had a Sunday School before a branch or ward was established. For Sunday School records, contact the [[Church History Library]] — Archives.  
  
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=== Finding a Current Church Member  ===
  
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The LDS Church does not give out addresses of current members, nor does it forward sealed letters.&nbsp;
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has only a few scattered membership records before 1847. Most membership records began in 1877. Membership records usually include information about births, marriages, deaths, and Church ordinances.

Contents

Determining Which Membership Records to Use

Make a time line of your ancestor’s life with emphasis on the time when he or she was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Using a family group record showing your ancestor as a child and as a parent, list birth dates and places for your ancestor, siblings and children. Include the dates and places of all other events that you know, or find them by using the sources mentioned in FamilySearch Wiki articles. Check for membership records in each place listed on your time line. As you use the membership records, add to the time line any additional dates and places you find.

Types of Membership Records

Over the years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has used several types of membership records. While most clerks used the following six standard formats for membership records, some wards, stakes, and missions created their own forms. Some membership records include an index. The indexes are usually alphabetized only by the first letter of the surname and include only individuals who have their own entry. Parents and other individuals mentioned within the entry were not indexed.

1830-1877  Journal Type

The earliest membership records were bound books of plain paper, often provided by the clerk himself. Membership clerks often recorded baptisms, confirmations, blessings of babies, marriages, deaths, priesthood ordinations, tithes and offerings, and emigrants. These records sometimes include early civil court minutes. Most of these records are not indexed, and must be searched page by page.
Journal Type 1844 record of members received, Nauvoo, Illinois.

1877-1900  Long Book Form

In 1877 many members of the LDS church were rebaptized to renew their covenants. The long book format was created to record these rebaptisms and reconfirmations. When open, these books were about four feet wide (long). These records start with an index and include the following information: name, birth date and place, parents’ names, date of baptism, confirmation, rebaptism, reconfirmation, priesthood ordinations, date the person was received into and removed from the ward, death date, and remarks.

1900-1920  Three-Part Form

This format starts with an index that has three columns. The columns are for:

  • Part I. Baptized members. This gives each member’s name, birth date and place, parents’ names, date of baptism and confirmation, and by whom performed, membership record numbers, and remarks, which often include arrival, removal, and death.
  • Part II. Priesthood ordinations  which include the name, date of ordination, to what office, by whom, and reference to the membership number where this person can be found in part I, and remarks.
  • Part III. Children not yet baptized, nine years and younger. It lists the name of the child, date and place of birth, parents’ names, date of blessing and by whom blessed, and remarks.

    Left-side. Three-Part Form: Part 1 Baptized members: 1910 Record of Members in the Salt Lake City 12th-13th Ward, Utah.
    Right-side. Three-Part Form: Part 1 Baptized members: 1910 Record of Members in the Salt Lake City 12th-13th Ward, Utah.





























1920-1941  Box-Type

In 1920 the LDS Church introduced the box-type form. Four to six boxes were printed on each page. The index in the front shows the number assigned to the box rather than being a page number. Each box has a space for the member’s name, sex, date and place of birth, parents’ names, dates of blessing, baptism, and confirmation and by who performed, dates of priesthood ordinations and office, and by whom performed, date of death, arrivals and removals, spouse’s name, marriage date and place, and whether it was a civil or temple ceremony.

Examples of two Box-Type memberships: 1921 Record of Members in Mesa 1st Ward, Arizona.

1941-present  Card Type

Starting in 1941 each member’s record was kept on an individual card. When a member left the ward, the card was returned to Church headquarters and then, upon request, sent to the member’s new Church unit. These records are not available for research. If the member died, however, the card was placed in the Deceased Members File.

1957 Deceased Members File for Robert Cameron. Shows typical Card-Type memebership record in use since 1941.

1907-1983  Annual Genealogical Report-Form E and Form 42FP

The Church began using these forms in 1907 and kept them concurrently with the membership records. These forms do not list each member in the ward or branch. They only include entries about people who were blessed, baptized, ordained to priesthood offices, sent or returned from missions, married, divorced, or died during the year. Form E was used by stakes. Form 42FP was used in the mission field. Form 42FP included yearly sections for members who emigrated to Zion and full-time missionaries who worked in the area during the year from 1911 to 1962. You must search the Annual Genealogical Reports  year by year because they are not indexed. Some researchers prefer these annual reports because they were compiled within a year of each event listed.

Annual Genealogical Report-Form E 1907 Baptisms and Confirmations in Rigby Ward, Idaho.

Finding Membership Records

The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have access to membership records to about 1940 and the Annual Genealogical Reports  up to 1948. They are either in a book or can be found on film that can be ordered and viewed at the Family History Centers. To find film numbers for ward, branch, conference, stake or mission records do a Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog for the town where the congregation was located.

For records from 1949 to 1983, you must go to the Church History Library in Salt Lake City.

Many, but not all, film numbers for membership records are listed in

  • Laureen R. Jaussi’s and Gloria D. Chaston’s Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers, vol. 2 (Provo, Utah:The Genealogy Tree, 1982). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Fiche 6031507; Book 979.2258 A3j. This register is arranged alphabetically by the name of the local unit on pages 5–57 to 5–203. These pages list the unit name; years covered; whether membership records, or Form E; and Family History Library film number. Pages 5–12 to 5–56 have a reference list showing units arranged alphabetically by nation, state or province, county, and town.

Membership clerks often kept more than one set of records simultaneously. Membership records covering the same period may be found in a different section on the same film or on a separate film.

If you cannot find membership records for the time or place you need in the catalog, consider that the Church unit may have been part of another ward or branch at that time. Many Church units changed their names, combined with other units, or ceased to exist. See the Historical Geography section to find out where these membership records might be found.

Other Membership Records

The Church shares its early history with the Community of Christ, a church formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS). Regardless of their later religious affiliation, many early Saints are included in the early membership records of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Family History Library has many of their records on microfilm. You can look in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog for the place where an ancestor lived:

[STATE or PROVINCE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] — CHURCH RECORDS or under:
MISSOURI, JACKSON, INDEPENDENCE — CHURCH RECORDS

You could also look in the Author Search and Title Search under:

Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [Branch].

A few membership records are also found in the Subject Search of the catalog under:

REORGANIZED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS

For an inventory of the RLDS collection of membership records see the Author Search for:

Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Library - Archives
  • Indexes to Archival Holdings, 1830–1994 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994). WorldCat entry. On 8 FHL films beginning with film 1984484. This card index is alphabetical by locality. It lists the locality, dates covered, type of record, and series number.

Membership Records in the International Genealogical Index

Some listings in the old International Genealogical Index (IGI)  came from Church membership records. These entries will have one of the following types of seven-digit batch numbers:

  • 694----. If the batch number begins with the numbers 694, it refers to membership records from various areas outside the mountain states and several international areas. If more than one source film is listed, only look at the films for areas where your ancestor lived. Some women appear in the membership records under their married names, so look for women under their maiden and married names in the International Genealogical Index, and on the membership records. Your ancestor may be on the film more than once, and each entry may contain different information.
  • H------. If the batch number begins with H, it came from the Deceased Members File. This file includes all the information that appeared on his or her membership record when the person died. This includes the name of their last ward or branch, and may include the name of other wards or branches where the person also attended.
Entires are no longer added, nor changed in the International Genealogical Index. Membership information is currently going onto the FamilySearch Family Tree  when a member of the LDS Church dies. The entry source will say it is an "LDS membership of a deceased person" but there will be no further source information available for the record.

International Genealogical Index  1992 ed. on microfiche entries for Utah with H------  and 694----  batch numbers from LDS Church membership records.

Indexes to Membership Records of a Specific Place

The following indexes are for membership records of Utah, Wales, England, Italy, Samoa, or Scandinavia.

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church Historian’s Office. Historians’ Office Record of Members: Known as the "Minnie Margett’s File" (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1963). WorldCat entry. FHL Films 415443 to 415457. This file is known as both the Membership Card Index and the Minnie Margett’s File. This is a large index of mostly English branch membership records (1839–1913). For a list of the English branches indexed in the file, see the summary on FHL Film 415443. The FamilySearch Catalog  entry notes mention other wards and branches outside of England in Australia, Mexico, Samoa, and 28 congregations in the United States which are indexed in Minnie Margett's File.
    Minnie Margett's File  card for Walter A. Wood of the British Mission.

This index is alphabetical by the name of the member. Search for women under their maiden and their married surnames. Each card provides a place for the member’s name, date and place of birth, parents’ names, date and place of baptism, by whom baptized, priesthood ordinations and by who ordained, name of ward or branch, conference, mission, remarks, and source reference (usually Book [H.O.] No., Page, and Line). Copy all the information on the index card. Also search the original membership record for data not included on the card.

You can locate the microfilm number of the original membership record in two ways:
  1. Look up the name of the branch or ward in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog.
  2. Find the name of the British branch or conference in:
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department. Maps Showing LDS Branches in the British Isles (Salt Lake City, Utah: The Department, 1965). WorldCat entry. FHL Film 897403 item 6; Book 289.3 Ea85. This is arranged alphabetically by county and branch name. It shows maps, the branch or conference name, the dates covered, type of membership record, and the old film number and part number. The old film number is five digits, the part number is one or two digits.
The FamilySearch FamilySearch Catalog (compact disc edition) can convert the old number to a new film number. Go to the Film/Fiche Number Search and tap the letter C. Now type in the old film and part number. The search will then show you the current Familly History Library film number for the membership record.
Once you are viewing the film of the original membership record:
  1. Use the Book No. from the index card to find the H.O. or Liber or Libr. number on the film.
  2. Check the title pages in each section of the film to find the section with your H.O. or Liber number.
  3. Within this section of the film, turn to the page listed on the card and find the name of the Church member.
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Samoan Mission. Membership Card File, Early to 1955 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978). WorldCat entry. FHL Films 1088695–701. This is an alphabetical card index of bound volumes of Samoan membership records. The cards give birth date, birth place, and parents’ names. Film copies of the bound volumes are found the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Samoan Mission. Individual Membership Certificates, ca. 1955–1969 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978). WorldCat entry. FHL Films 1088701 item 3 and 1088702. These copies of the actual card type membership records are arranged in several alphabetical sequences. They show name, parents, birth date, ordinance dates, and date and branch to which he or she moved.
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Department. LDS Reference Unit. Scandinavian LDS Mission Index (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1992). WorldCat entry. FHL Fiche 6060482 [set of 344]. A master index of members’ names in all membership records for Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland from early years to 1948. Also indexes emigration lists from Copenhagen. This may show a person's name, birth date, baptism date, death date, branch attended, and Family History Library film number.

FamilySearch Historical Records.  A collection of LDS Church membership records for the years 1830 to 1907 is scheduled to become available. For more information see LDS Church Membership Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Other Sources That May Identify a Member’s Church Unit

You need the name of the Church unit where an ancestor lived in order to find membership records. The following sources list the branch, ward, or stake where a member, individual, or family lived:

  • Patriarchal Blessing Index (1830’s–1963). This card index on microfilm gives the date, place, and the stake where the patriarchal blessing was given. See LDS Patriarchal Blessings for more information.
  • Missionary Record Index (1830–1971). This index gives the home ward and stake of each missionary. See LDS Missionaries for more information
  • Church Census Records (1914–1960). These records name the ward or branch attended. From 1930 to 1960, the censuses may also give the previous ward that the family attended. See LDS Census for more information.
  • Deceased Members File (1941–present). The membership card gives the ward the person lived in at the time of death. It includes a space to list earlier wards where the person attended. For more information on the Deceased Members File  see LDS Vital Records.
  • Membership Department. If the Church has proof of a member’s death in 1976 or later, the Membership Department will give out information shown on their deceased membership record. This includes data about birth, marriage, death, priesthood, baptism, endowment, and sealing information. Telephone 801-240-3500 for more information.
  • Jubilee History of the Latter-day Saint Sunday Schools: 1849–1899 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Sunday School Union, 1900). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Film 445165 item 2; Book 267.1893 J874. This is a history of individual ward and branch Sunday Schools. More than 11,000 leaders are listed in this work. It shows their name, position, and ward. For a personal name index see:

Substitutes for Membership Records

If membership records are incomplete or not available, you may want to use Sunday School records. Some areas had a Sunday School before a branch or ward was established. For Sunday School records, contact the Church History Library — Archives.

Finding a Current Church Member

The LDS Church does not give out addresses of current members, nor does it forward sealed letters. 


 

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