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Sent on Mormon-News: 17May01

By Paul Carter

LDS Genealogy Resources Impress Dallas Newspaper

DALLAS, TEXAS -- Reporter Jeff Parish presented his Texas readers Saturday with an article that shed some light on why genealogy has become an important hobby to millions. His article also describes how extensive the genealogy records are in local LDS Family History Centers, more than 20 of which are located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

The article in the Dallas Morning News cites several statistics about genealogy records located in Salt Lake City: "2.2 million rolls of microfilm, 742,000 microfiches, 300,000 books and 4,500 periodicals" with "an average of 1.2 million names per month in personal genealogies" being added. These records are all accessible from Family History Centers: "3,400 around the world."

Mr. Parish refers in his article to the fact that, "family history can be especially important to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because they believe that a family can be eternal." He explains that, "Under certain circumstances, rites can be performed to bring non-Mormon ancestors into the church."

The article quotes Paul G. Nauta, communications manager for the Family and Church History department in Salt Lake City: "As an outcropping of that belief, they (members of the Church) have a very strong desire to identify their ancestors and link them to their families." Mr. Nauta then suggests the reason why genealogy research has become so important to millions of people of all faiths, when he says, "If you don't know your ancestors, you're lacking a major part of your personal identity and your legacy."

In the course of the article, Mr. Parish interviews the Director and two other patrons of the Family History Center in Rowlett Texas, who praise the extent of the resources available at the centers. The reporter refers to the fact that volunteers staff local Family History Centers, how demand has grown for the records in Rowlett, and how the tools of technology to access records have been upgraded


Mormons let cities tap files on genealogy
Dallas TX Morning News 12May01 N6
By Jeff Parish: The Dallas Morning News


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