Create and Maintain Family Associations or Organizations

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Family Associations, Family Organizations, and Family Societies exist throughout the world, but finding them is problematic. This collection of links to the websites, Facebook pages, and if needed a mailing address, will help you find the organizations that can be helpful in your family history research. Feel free to add an organization or update any that are already listed.


The Purpose and Scope of a Family Organization

Organizing a family association or organization is a great way to bring people together to accumulate, coordinate, learn, preserve and publicize genealogical and historical information among related family members.

Family associations can be organized on different levels, such as immediate families--which include a husband and wife and their children; grandparent families--which include the descendants of siblings; and ancestral families--which include the descendants of an earlier common ancestral couple. Other family associations, like the Brough Family Organization and Osmond Family Organization, may include ancestral families along with individuals who share a common surname (see below). 

A list of well-known Mormon Family Organizations is posted in Wikipedia, and historical information and links about LDS Ancestral Family Organizations is available on Ancestral Family Organizations.

Examples of Large Ancestral Family Organizations (AFO's)

Importance of Ancestral Family Organizations (AFO's)

The Brough Family Organization (BFO)--one of the largest and oldest ancestral family organizations and surname associations in the world--has stated the following about Ancestral Family Organizations (AFO's):

"Ancestral family organizations are often able to accomplish much more than individual families or 'grandparent' family associations. Because of their extensive membership and databases, AFO's are often able to locate and obtain genealogical and historical information much faster and cheaper than individual families or grandparent associations.

"Also, AFO's often know about--and can find and acquire from different parts of the world--unique genealogical data and historical records, such as those found in family bibles, personal journals, private indexes and photographic collections. These sources can provide genealogical information not commonly found in ecclesiastical or government records.

"Finally, because of its broad membership and extensive number of contributors, AFO's can usually afford and support extensive research by professional genealogists much easier and for longer durations than can most individual families or grandparent family associations."

For an example of what an AFO can do, visit: Brough Family Organization

AFO's Can Accomplish Unique Extraction Projects

The Brough Family Organization and Osmond Family Organization have successfully participated in and completed a Surname Index and Relationship Project (SIRP).

Surname Index and Relationship Project (SIRP) is a "structured extraction and research system used to identify individuals and combine them into family units". In 2011, SIRP was successfully used by two of the world's largest ancestral family organizations to identify and connect hundreds of individuals living in two countries.

SIRP acquires online genealogical data from multiple sources on individuals having the same (or similar) surname in a designated geographical area, then inputs all such names and their associated dates and places of births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials into a GEDCOM friendly database. Once this database has been compiled, then analysis, screening and merging tools are used to match and link individuals together into related families and larger ancestral lineages.

Some of the genealogical sources used by SIRP include the following:
1) FamilySearch.org (including FamilySearch Family Tree)
2) Available online Government Indexes of Births, Marriages, Deaths and Burials, such as the British GRO (for England and Wales); and the UKBMD Search .
3) Available online Name Indexes and Databases from commercial sites, such as Ancestry.com ; FindMyPast.com ; and Non Conformist & Non Parochial Records  (These three websites can be accessed free-of-charge at Family History Libraries throughout the world.)
4) Available GEDCOM files from known and reliable Family Members and Related Individuals.

In 2011, the Brough Family Organization (BFO) and Osmond Family Organization (OFO) used SIRP methodologies to compile databases of hundreds of "Brough" and "Osmond" surnamed individuals who had lived from 1800 to the early 1900's in New Zealand and in New South Wales, Australia. Subsequent analysis, screening and merging of these databases resulted in the rapid identification of numerous linked individuals and multiple family lineages.

In 2012, SIRP methodologies were used to successfully document and link numerous military service men and women who died while serving their countries in World War I and World War II to their families and ancestors.

As of 2016 the BFO and OFO were applying SIRP methodologies to identify and combine thousands of individuals and their families who lived in the 1800's and early 1900's in England and Wales.

AFO's Can Produce Family History Vidoes

In 2009, the Brough Family Organization (BFO) freely released worldwide a 37-minute high-quality video documentary entitled "A Thousand Years of Family History", which detailed the Brough ancestry of England and their descendants in Europe, America and Australia.

In several ways, this video was a "first" of its kind, as it described nearly a thousand years of history related to a well-known family surname in England--without dwelling on royalty or celebrities. Also, the documentary used over two dozen narrators and commentators, along with historical photographs, artifacts, and computer graphics, to succinctly tell the story of the Broughs of England and their descendants--who eventually embraced different religions and spread across several continents. In addition, the video described how genealogical research and DNA tests have been used to clarify family relationships and better understand family traditions.

This video is family-friendly and faith-promoting, and is a good example of what other ancestral organizations around the world can do to visually show and explain their heritage to family members and relatives. The video can be freely viewed on YouTube at: A Thousand Years of Family History.

Also, additional information about the video--including its entire audio script--is available on the BFO website at: A Thousand Years of (Brough) Family History. Documentary of Family History

AFO's Can Produce Monuments Promoting Faith and Family

In 2010-2015, the Brough Family Organization (BFO) and Osmond Family Organization (OFO) produced physical memorials and historical monuments to their ancestors--which tell in considerable detail (or more than most gravestone inscriptions do) the faith and history of some of their ancestors.  Examples of these extensive memorials and monuments can be viewed here:

Brough Family Monuments to Mormon Pioneeers - erected from 2003 to 2015.

Olive May Davis Osmond Cabin & Museum dedication in Samaria, Idaho, May 3, 2010 (Deseret News)
Olive May Davis Osmond Cabin & Museum in Samaria, Idaho, April-May 2010 (YouTube video)
Olive May Davis Osmond Cabin and Museum dedication and plaque photos - Osmond website, 2012

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