The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is unrivaled in the area of genealogical research. The Latter-day Saints Genealogy has an extensive data base known as the International Genealogical Index (ICI) which can be used by LDS members and non-members through the family search lds websites. Aside from this, the LDS church owns family history centers and a Central Library to further facilitate anyone’s search. The International Genealogical Index is an extensive registry of surnames that are documented in the LDS family history centers.
To use the LDS Genealogy in finding your ancestors, it is good to familiarize yourself with the process of the research first. You begin by completing a form where you input essential data for the data base search. The information to be completed includes the name of a deceased relative, the person’s birth and location, the parents’ name, and the spouse’s name if the person is married. All these relevant information will be used to begin the search for any available record on one’s ancestry. Accuracy in the information you fill in is important because the data base itself contains a huge amount of information and detail.
In order to make the LDS Genealogy system accessible for everyone, the community established more than 3,400 Family History Centers in around 64 different regions. The centers contain records in microfilm that includes church records, census details like the sex, age and occupation of persons in a particular area, immigrants’ records and other important information regarding genealogy. In the United States, family history centers are instituted in the largest cities as well as in smaller communities.
Family history centers are commonly located in the LDS church buildings. The LDS Genealogy centers are built like libraries that contain vital genealogy resource materials and information to aid anyone doing their search. People who come for a visit to do their research are allowed to use the centers for free. The people who will be doing their own research are not only welcomed in the center, they are also assisted by LDS volunteers whose only desire is to ease the burden of doing an extensive research about one’s family tree on such a huge amount of records. The volunteers can offer advice and are available to answer any of your concerns and inquiries.
In some cases, records may not be available in a particular center. If this happens, you can always make a request to borrow your needed records with the help of any center volunteers. The volunteer will then assist you by communicating your request to other centers. It may take a few weeks for your requested information to arrive at your local center. Nevertheless, once the needed information gets to you, the center will give you sufficient time to use it for your research. If you need more time, you can still borrow the records you used for a specified time.
Your search can also be facilitated through the use of free Genealogy websites. This is a helpful option for people who live in regions that have no family history center locations.
For more Information, visit LDSFamilySearch.net