Church Name and Founder:
Family History Mormon Church is another name for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The church was established
in April 1830 in Fayette, New York, with only 6 members.
The founder was Joseph Smith, the first living prophet. Upon the death of Joseph Smith his successor was Brigham Young. Mr. Young is the person who moved the members West to Utah in 1847.
The above photo was taken by Dougtone as result of a Yahoo search.
The church has grown to a worldwide membership of 13 million members, with approximately 28,000.00 congregations. Half the membership live outside the United States and only 14% of members live in Utah.
There is over 50,000 missionaries in 162 countries and church membership continues to grow.
All members are organized into local congregations called wards or branches. These congregations are organized geographically, and members attend a ward or branch near their home.
They believe in our heavenly father and Jesus Christ.
They also belief in a living prophet and he is the head of the church on earth.
The church also beliefs we are all one great family and all one pedigree, that we are all brothers and sisters. The church/temple is the place for all families to be healed for all time and all eternity. Because of their beliefs they consider ancestors to be very important, this is why they collect genealogy information.
The main church took cameras into other churches/temples and filmed their parish records and made copies. The original records are still located at the local level or have been put in archives by the local churches. Also search at www.familysearch.org
Check with your local libraries and genealogical & historical societies to see what records they have available. Do not forget to check to see if you have a Family History Center in your area or near where you live.
If you have the opportunity to travel and you are in a city that houses a church or temple or history center stop in and do some research.
Every year I went to visit friends and relatives in Phoenix, Arizona, I would take time to go to the center in Tempe, Arizona.
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