LDS Church Membership Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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What is in the Collection?
This collection consists of LDS Church membership records for the years 1830 to 1907.
These records may contain the following information:
- Full name
- Married or single
- Whether member, child, or Priesthood office held
- Birth date
- Baptism date
- Residence or current address
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- Your ancestor’s name
- Some identifying information such as the date of birth or names of other family members
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.
What Do I Do Next?
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 to search for a civil birth record.
- Use the names to locate other records such as census and land 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.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What?
- Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
Related Wiki Articles
- LDS Membership Records
- International Genealogical Index
- Early Church Information File (ECIF)
- Family Group Records Collection
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Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- “LDS Church Membership Records, 1830-1907.” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Historical Department, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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