Genealogy is a fascinating subject and Mormon genealogy records can be found with ease and at no cost to you. Even if the Mormon religion is not a part of your family’s background, you can still find just about anyone looking through the Mormon records.
The name of the site to go to is www.familysearch.org. This Mormon genealogy records site is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here you will find some of world’s largest collections of genealogical records. There is also an international network of global centers affiliated with a Mormon genealogy search. Just think of the largesse of the site: it has over a billion names from counties and areas in the United States alone!
Much of the information contained in these Mormon genealogy records are obtained from U.S. Census Records performed in 1880 and after. There are also Census records from Canada and Great Britain. In addition to some vital statistics, census information will inform you as to where a person was living at the time of the record, and who was living with them (spouse, children). Here you will also be directed to the Ellis Island web site database. This is a very important resource if you ancestors traveled to America on a ship in the early part of the twentieth century. You’ll also find the Freedman’s Bank records on the family search site.
The records you can access at the Mormon Church site are microfilmed and digitized records which can be seen free of charge. You can also go to one of their Family Centers to view these records. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Family History Library can be traveled to in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here you can access one of the world’s largest ancestry libraries in the entire world. With records from more than 110 countries, from England to Africa, the Center receives about 2,400 visitors every day. Many of these visitors came from abroad, hailing from countries in Europe, Asia and more. The pull to find out about our past is an intense and strong magnetic one.
There are also over 4,500 Family History Centers that are local to certain Mormon Church meetinghouses all around the world. Any genealogical services are given free by Church volunteers.
If your ancestors date back to the Civil War era, records can be accessed at the Mormon Family Center sites. There are soldier’s indexes, individual pensioner’s information and draft records.
Index your family’s information onto the indexing database so others can find your relatives you have in common during their search. You simply transcribe what is on your records and they will then become available on the Mormon ancestry site for others to view. The Mormon genealogy records are an excellent source for your genealogy research.