LDS Patriarchal Blessings

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== Index  ==
 
== Index  ==
  
The [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] has the following indexes to patriarchal blessings:  
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The [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] has the following index to patriarchal blessings:  
  
*{{FHL|237559|title-id|disp=Index to Patriarchal Blessings: 1833–1963}}. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1963. (FHL films 392631–96.) This alphabetical card index includes the genealogical information listed at the top of each blessing.
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*Index to patriarchal blessings&nbsp;: volumes 1 to 40 on file [at the] Historian's Office, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.&nbsp; Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Historical Department, 1934.&nbsp; Available in United States &amp; Canada Large Q Book and microfilm format. <br>
*{{FHL|786387|title-id|disp=Index to Patriarchal Blessings, 1833–1993}}. Salt Lake City: n.p., 1993? (FHL fiche 6334933 [set of 68.) This alphabetical list gives the birth date, patriarchal blessing date, and the volume and page number where the blessing is recorded. This index includes the blessings turned into Church headquarters as of 15 June 1993.
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== Copies  ==
 
== Copies  ==
  
You may request copies of patriarchal blessings for:  
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The [http://history.lds.org/article/chl-pb?lang=eng Church History Library] serves as the custodian of the Patriarchal Blessing records.&nbsp; The following instructions were copied from their site 24 April 2014 regarding obtaining copies:<br>
  
*Yourself<br>
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"To obtain copies of patriarchal blessings for yourself or a deceased direct-line ancestor, you will need the following information:
*A deceased direct line ancestor<br>
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Please provide the following information:
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*Your Church membership record number. (If you do not have it, please see your ward membership clerk.)  
 
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*Blessing recipient's name at the time the blessing was given.
*Your Church membership record number. (To obtain the required Church membership record number, please see your ward membership clerk)  
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*Names of blessing recipient's parents.  
*Blessing recipient's name as it appears on the blessing. (For women please provide both the married and maiden name)
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*Birth date of blessing recipient.  
 
*Birth date of blessing recipient.  
*Name of patriarch giving blessing and stake in which the blessing was received.
 
 
*Approximate year the blessing was given.  
 
*Approximate year the blessing was given.  
 
*Your relationship to recipient.  
 
*Your relationship to recipient.  
*Mailing address.&nbsp;
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*Your mailing address.
 
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'''For yourself.''' You may obtain a copy of '''''your own blessing&nbsp;''''' by:
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*Visiting the Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (bring a valid photo id)
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*Online at LDS.org
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:#Go to [http://www.lds.org/ www.lds.org]
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You may request copies of blessings in three ways:  
:#Select '''Tools'''.
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:#Select '''Patriarchal Blessing'''.<br>
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:#Follow the instructions on the screen.
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'''For an ancestor.''' You may obtain copies of blessings for '''''deceased direct line ancestors&nbsp;''''' by:
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In Person—Please bring a valid photo ID when you come to the library.  
  
*Online at LDS.org
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Through the Postal Service—Mail your request to the address below.  
  
:#Go to [http://www.lds.org/ www.lds.org]
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Church History Library<br>Attn: Patriarchal Blessings<br>15 East North Temple Street<br>Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-1600
:#Select '''Tools'''.
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:#Select '''Patriarchal Blessing'''.<br>  
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:#Follow the instructions on the screen.
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If you have a LDS Account Sign-In:
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Online—Click on the appropriate link to request a copy of your own blessing or request a copy of an ancestor's blessing. You will need an LDS Account or LDS membership number to login.
  
:#Go to [https://apps.lds.org/pbrequest/security/login.jsf '''Patriarchal Blessing''']
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In order to efficiently process requests in a timely manner, we ask that you only request four blessings per month for deceased ancestors. Requests for blessings for the deceased take longer and will be processed in the order received. All email and letter requests will be returned through postal mail.  
:#Follow the instructions on the screen.
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There is no fee for copies of patriarchal blessings. This applies to both individual and ancestral blessings. In order to efficiently process requests in a timely manner, please limit requests to '''four''' (4) blessings a month.<br>  
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For information call: 1-801-240-2452"<br>  
  
If you have any questions, please call the Church History Library customer service desk at '''801-240-2540'''.
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Revision as of 17:33, 24 April 2014

Background

A patriarchal blessing is a blessing given to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by an ordained patriarch and usually provides genealogical information. The top of the printed copy of the blessing often gives the person’s complete name, birth date, birthplace, and parents’ names. When looking for a patriarchal blessing, always check for women under their maiden and married names. Some early Saints had more than one blessing.

Index

The Family History Library Catalog has the following index to patriarchal blessings:

  • Index to patriarchal blessings : volumes 1 to 40 on file [at the] Historian's Office, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Salt Lake City, Utah : Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Historical Department, 1934.  Available in United States & Canada Large Q Book and microfilm format.

Copies

The Church History Library serves as the custodian of the Patriarchal Blessing records.  The following instructions were copied from their site 24 April 2014 regarding obtaining copies:

"To obtain copies of patriarchal blessings for yourself or a deceased direct-line ancestor, you will need the following information:

  • Your Church membership record number. (If you do not have it, please see your ward membership clerk.)
  • Blessing recipient's name at the time the blessing was given.
  • Names of blessing recipient's parents.
  • Birth date of blessing recipient.
  • Approximate year the blessing was given.
  • Your relationship to recipient.
  • Your mailing address.

You may request copies of blessings in three ways:

In Person—Please bring a valid photo ID when you come to the library.

Through the Postal Service—Mail your request to the address below.

Church History Library
Attn: Patriarchal Blessings
15 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-1600

Online—Click on the appropriate link to request a copy of your own blessing or request a copy of an ancestor's blessing. You will need an LDS Account or LDS membership number to login.

In order to efficiently process requests in a timely manner, we ask that you only request four blessings per month for deceased ancestors. Requests for blessings for the deceased take longer and will be processed in the order received. All email and letter requests will be returned through postal mail.

For information call: 1-801-240-2452"