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 3
Personal Responsibility to be of Service.
“We have a work to do just as important in its sphere as the Savior’s work was in its sphere. Our fathers cannot be made perfect without us; we cannot be made perfect without them. They have done their work and now sleep. We are now called upon to do ours: which is to be the greatest work man ever performed on the earth.”
– Brigham Young, Roberts, B.H. Journal of Discourses 18:213.

“The spirit and influence of your dead will guide those who are interested in finding those records. If there is anywhere on the earth anything concerning them, you will find it.”
- Elder Melvin J. Ballard, Sermons and Missionary Services of Melvin Joseph Ballard, p. 230 D&C institute manual, p. 446

Joseph Fielding Smith:
“But how are they to become saviors on Mount Zion? By building their temples, erecting their baptismal fonts, and going forth and receiving all the ordinances, baptisms, confirmations, washings, anointings, ordinations and sealing powers upon their heads, in behalf of their progenitors who are dead, and redeem them that they may come forth in the first resurrection and be exalted to thrones of glory with them; and herein is the chain that binds the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, which fulfills the mission of Elijah...”
- Conference Report, April 1948, p.136
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Discussion & Theory
What others have done

What research has been done by other family members? If possible obtain
copies of GEDCOMs and/or paper records from relatives that you may know have done research. There are many sources containing files that can be checked for previous research. Fortunately for us, many of these are on a computer and can be shared digitally.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has provided help for us in working with Family History. Research on individuals and families compiled by others, such as family histories, biographies, or genealogies can save time. Occasionally, when using information from compiled records, you will find conflicting information. Always carefully evaluate the information you find.

• Keys to Correctly Identifying Your Ancestors.

• Ancestors are always identified by four factors: a name, a date, a place
and a relationship.

• Does the ancestor live at the right time and in the right place?

• Ancestors can be linked to a spouse, children, parents, brothers, and

• Is the ancestor married to the right person?

• Do the names of the ancestor’s children match the names you have

• Ancestors can be identified by occupation, property ownership, and
physical description.

• The more identifying characteristics of an ancestor you find, the greater
likelihood you have found your ancestor from among their neighbors with
similar surnames.

Always work from the “Known to the Unknown”.
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Bring to Class This Week:
1. A flash drive with information on your chosen family to work with in class and to save those items you find during class.
2. Your user name and password for FamilySearch (the same as your LDS Account)

Lesson Materials:
Web Links:

Homework for Next Week:
1. Print or download all Lesson Materials for Lesson 4 and read and/or print the links.
2. Interview a relative or family friend (or at least make an appointment to do so).
3. Bring your Salt Lake County (internet version) library card.  If you don't have one, get one at your library.

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