Midvale Union Fort
 Multi-Stake Family History Center
540 East 7155 South in Midvale
 (just north of fire station) Please use north door      
Phone: (801) 569-1621 
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Research Tactics Lesson 2
The Importance of Accuracy and Following the Rules.
Behold, the great day of the Lord is at hand; and who can abide the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap; and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord and offering in righteousness. Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in his holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation. D&C 128:24

The exaltation of our Father’s children rests upon the completion of required ordinances, if all are to move forward on the road that leads to immortality and eternal life. The determination of accurate family history records and the work which follows in the temples are basic in this vast undertaking which the Lord has placed upon our shoulders.
- President Gordon B. Hinckley, General Conference, April 1991

...As are the records on the earth in relation to your dead, which are truly made out, so also are the records in heaven. This, therefore, is the sealing and binding power, and in one sense of the work, the keys of the kingdom, which consist in the key of knowledge.

Of all the people in the world, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have reason to be more accurate in their genealogical research than anyone else. This is a matter of eternal significance for us, not just a hobby . . . Why would the church spend so much effort, time, money and resources on filming the records of the world and providing the Family History Library if we do not need to do research?
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Discussion & Theory
Managing A Research Project
Every new research project should begin with basic information. Choose one
family that needs additional information or a family in which there is a conflict of
information that needs to be resolved.

Prepare a folder or notebook for that particular family. (Father, Mother and

1. Write out (or print out from your record management program) a copy of the
Family Group Record. Reading this form you can identify what you know about
this ancestor.

2. Write our (or print out from your record management program) a one page
Pedigree Chart showing one of the children as number 1. This form will remind
you where this ancestor fits in your pedigree.

3. Include a Research Log. This record provides you with a list of the records you
have searched and what you found. Always make a record of places you search
even when nothing is found.

4. Create a Timeline. Listing what is known by date or time period helps to see
what is unknown. Events happen in each family every year of their lives. You
must find as many events as possible.

5. Obtain a Map of the area where they lived. This helps to pinpoint the exact
place of residence. Many times unrelated persons live in the same county and/or
town. A good knowledge of the locality can be very helpful.

6. Be sure to document every bit of information that you find and add it to your
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Bring to Class This Week:
1. A home source document. Based on lesson reading, be prepared to tell what type of source it is.
2. A printout of your pedigree.
3. LDS Account user name and password (so you can get into Family Tree). If you don't have one, please ask your ward clerk for your membership number (this is also on your temple recommend) and we'll help you get an LDS account.

Lesson Materials:
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Lesson page, & Managing A Research Project.
1. Research Log

2. Timeline
3. Sources of Evidence
4. Which One Should I Choose

Web Links:
Homework for Next Week:
1. Read Lesson 3 material & links
2. Register for Family Tree at https://familysearch.org/ (if you have not already done so) Click here
3. Prayerfully decide on one family that you will work on during the coming classes.
4. Fill out the forms from Lesson Two for that family.

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