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Old 11-06-2009, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Utah
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You can do an instant search for your roots on the largest genealogy databases in the world absolutely FREE at the Mormon website: That website has had more than 15 BILLION hits since its launch in 1999 I think it was. Genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world.

FamilySearch.org - Family History and Genealogy Records


Success stories using the Mormon databases anyone?

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Old 11-06-2009, 05:56 AM
 
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Yes I have been using this for years and have gotten some good information from it. I guess the most helpful thing is those microfilms. You can order them to view at a center near you. I have never done this but serious genealogists all do.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Utah
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Yes I have been using this for years and have gotten some good information from it. I guess the most helpful thing is those microfilms. You can order them to view at a center near you. I have never done this but serious genealogists all do.
There are quite a few Family History Centers all over the world. It's free, courtesy of the Mormons, and there are people there who will help you get started on your search.

Here's a link to find a center near you:

FamilySearch.org - Family History Centers
 
Old 11-06-2009, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Mayberry
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I did a lot of research at a family history center in Oregon when I first started my family search.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Utah
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I did a lot of research at a family history center in Oregon when I first started my family search.
When I first started it was a matter of looking at indexes then ordering microfilm from the main Salt Lake City Family History Library by mail, which took some time. The next update was to microfiche, a bit easier to read and they could store much more data. And then, online databases with instant searches and contacts with others researching the same family lines. What a difference, sure wish computers had been there from the start, nothing to it nowadays.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Eastern time zone
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I've gotten limited results from familysearch (guess I need more LDS cousins). OTOH, I got the opportunity to go to the library in SLC this summer and I could have moved in for a year. That place seriously ROCKS.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Utah
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I've gotten limited results from familysearch (guess I need more LDS cousins). OTOH, I got the opportunity to go to the library in SLC this summer and I could have moved in for a year. That place seriously ROCKS.
And what they don't have in that building, or the originals, they have stored inside a climate controlled granite mountain nearby where they are preserving copies of the world's vital records and as quickly as they can making them available to everyone everywhere. Apparently the vault was made during the cold war and even has huge doors designed to withstand a nuclear bomb explosion.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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I began my research with the LDS but lost the trail. I broke down and subscribed to Ancestry.com for a while and was able to access much more info. At the time, they had a monthly rate and if you have the time, you can definitely get your money's worth out of it. They also have a lot of info from the U.K. I was able to make it back to the 1300s England.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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As I recall, the LDS also has a family tree type program available as a free download, tho I don't see it anywhere on their latest version of the research website.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Utah
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As I recall, the LDS also has a family tree type program available as a free download, tho I don't see it anywhere on their latest version of the research website.
It's there, lower right corner, download the PAF program free:

FamilySearch.org - Family History and Genealogy Records
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