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 9
Saviors on Mount Zion ...
“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 an 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

“...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. And now my dearly beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul says concerning the fathers - ‘that they without us cannot be made perfect - neither can we without our dead be made perfect.’ And now, in relation to the baptism for the dead, I will give you another quotation of Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:29: ‘Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?’

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?

“When submitting names for temple ordinances . . . only you can ensure that the information is as accurate and complete as practical. Please take every reasonable step to see that this happens. This will help maintain the integrity of church genealogical files and reduce duplication of temple ordinance work”

“Although temple ordinances can be performed when only the minimum information is available, try to provide as much information about an ancestor as possible. More complete information identifies your ancestor uniquely so that he or she cannot be confused with another person. With less complete information, ordinances may be done more than once for the same person... Seek the guidance of the Spirit as you determine whether you should do the ordinance work for an ancestor now or try to find more information first.”
– A Members Guide to Temple and Family History Work, pgs 10,13

"Limit Research to Own Kindred. No person has a right to select names promiscuously of any family and go to the temple to perform the work for them. This cannot be tolerated, for it would lead to confusion and duplication of work. Let each family do the work for their own dead kindred, as they may have the right, and if they do work for others, it must be at the instance and with the consent of the living relatives who are immediately concerned.”
- Joseph Fielding Smith.
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Discussion & Theory
Great Treasures in Hidden Places AND Brainstorming Session on your ancestors
When we think of doing research for our ancestors, it has always been important to look for original records such as birth, death and marriage certificates as well as a will or other probate records. Time has shown that many other records exist that can provide information of great value to any research project and fill in the details of the story.

Diaries : Diaries have been kept by many people over a span of many years. Many have been published online or exist in library collections. You may have an ancestor’s diary that has been passed down to another descendant. Look at our links on how to find cousins. Don’t forget to look for the diaries (or journals) of others that were present during historical events that your ancestor experienced.

Journals: Journals including missionary journals are also a real treasure. Many can be found at BYU, transcribed and online. Others can be found in many other libraries and private collections.

Life Stories: Thousands of these are preserved and located in hidden places all over. It is the researchers job to find them. Check for county histories, online at FamilySearch.org, and the library where your ancestor lived. Maybe a long distance cousin has it.

Letters: In years past it was common when writing a letter to someone that another copy was made and kept in a letter book. Letters received were also copied in the letter book. Even if the letters weren’t kept in a letter book, they were often kept and handed down. These treasures are found in hidden places.

Photographs: Try looking for your ancestor on Google Images. It is amazing how many ancestral photographs have been uploaded and then show up on Google images.

Ancestral artifacts: Special family heirlooms are often handed down to descendants. Which of your cousins might hold some real treasures and be willing to share a photo with you?

Other Possibilities
Business Records Church Records Criminal Records
Genealogical Societies Genealogy Blogs Historical Societies
Institutional Records Newspapers Organization Records

Today a Google search on the internet can reveal a host of information to add to the life of an ancestor. It takes a desire to know the rest of the story and continue looking even when you aren’t aware of what you are looking for. Don’t give up, those who make enough noise, in the end will find a great hidden treasures.
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Bring to Class This Week:
1. The file for the family you are working on and flash drive for transporting new finds
2. Optional: Your family computer file to work on in class
3. Salt Lake County library card

Lesson Materials:
Print out or download all of this material
Lesson page: Saviors on Mount Zion, Great Treasures in Hidden Places
1. Quote by Nephi Anderson
2.Nauvoo Databank Instructions (at Union Fort Midvale Family History Center)
3. LDS Databases

Web Links:
LDS Saints
Early LDS
Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868
Mormon Historic Sites Publications
Daughters of the Utah Pioneers
Sons of the Utah Pioneers
Martin’s Cove
Mormon Migration
Handcart Pioneers
Journals, Diaries, Biographies, Autobiographies and Letters of Some Early Mormons
Early Mormon Leaders Project
Tracing Mormon Pioneers
FamilySearch Wiki searching “Early LDS”
The Winter Quarters Project

Ways to Find “Cousins”
Rootsweb Surname List (Mailing List, Message Boards and Archives
GenForum Surname List (Mailing List, Message Boards and Archives)

Daughters of the American Revolution
Sons of the American Revolution

County Histories and Other Treasures
Heritage Quest (Salt Lake County Library)
Google Books
Google Images
Dead Fred – Free Genealogy Photo Archive
Digital Library for Books
Login to FamilySearch and see where your ancestors came 
Videos, historical photos, digital books
Canada Genweb
US Genweb
Find A Grave
Relative Finder

Fan Chart
Fan Chart from Family Tree
Other styles from Tree Seek

Web Apps
FamilySearch App Gallery

Homework for Next Week:
1. Find “show & tell” item used in your home to turn hearts of children to their fathers.
2. Work on your family
Remember the Rules
• Known to the Unknown
• One Family, One Location at a time
• Check out What Others Have Done
• Framework: Census, City Directories
• Vital Records
• Land and Probate (and other court records)
• Military
• Immigration
• Great Treasures in Hidden Places
3. Bring your questions on your family for us to discuss and review.
4. Bring to class next week a "Show & Tell" item that helps turn the hearts of the children to their fathers.

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