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LDS Resources

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or the Mormon Church, was established in 1831, in Ohio. The church has grown and continues to grow, and now exists worldwide. Salt Lake City, Utah, is where the world headquarters of The LDS, or Mormon, church is located. Temple Square is the most popular tourist destination in Utah. This includes the Salt Lake Temple, the tabernacle, and the Family History Library. If your ancestors were Mormon, you might be able to find information about them from the resources in the Family History Library.

Founded in 1894, the Family History Library was created to be a gathering point for genealogical records. Records are available from not just America, but also from Canada, The British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. This can be a big help in your search to discover more about your ancestors. The library is open to the public, and does not charge a fee to use visit and use it’s resources.

What if you aren’t anywhere near Utah? This is not a problem! You can do a free online search instead. There is more than one website you can choose from that has a search engine connected to the LDS genealogical information.

It is highly recommended that you do some of your own research first. Gather together what you know about your family. Speak with relatives, who can tell you more about certain family members. Consult photo albums, and ask questions about stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next. The best way to use any kind of search engine is to first develop a very clear idea about exactly what it is you are hoping to find.

The Ancestor Hunt website http://www.ancestorhunt.com/mormon_church_records.htm is one place to go to look through the LDS church genealogical records. Put in the first and last name of your ancestor. Add the names of his or her mother, father, and spouse if you know them.

Family Search http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp also offers an online search. Enter the first and middle name of a relative into one box, and the surname into another. A drop down menu allows you to select for a life event, year, range of years, or country.

You can use the International Genealogical Index from Family Search here: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=igi/search_IGI.asp&clear_form=true. This search engine lets you enter the most data, giving you the most specific results possible.