Any family historian and LDS genealogy enthusiast would like to build a family tree that is filled with accurate and relevant information. To be able to achieve this, implementing and following procedures and practices are necessary. Doing these will yield most insightful results in building your family tree.
The Mormon Church, as what the LDS Church is more commonly known, has gathered and processed genealogy records for many years now, probably more than some decades. Current members of the LDS Church can access the church’s new database at its newly built LDS family search website. The new database can only be accessed by LDS Church members.
Searching for your LDS family history online is the first step in building your family tree. Before you do this, you should inquire about various search engines available on the Internet. Family trees are often provided free in genealogy search websites. You can access them anytime you like as long as an Internet connection is available. You can do your family history search in one of the largest databases in the world – the LDS family search website. LDS family search site, maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has been providing this service to people all over the world.
You need not lose hope in finding your family tree. The website provides genealogical records open for everyone to access. You can access data about your deceased relatives on the site. However, you should note that not all the data contained in the LDS family search site’s database are 100% correct.
Millions of people served as sources for these gathered information. Some details might only be based upon the best guesses of certain individuals about your ancestors and your deceased relatives. You should still do further research to verify the genealogical records you have found in the site.
Another important practice is to contact your oldest living kinfolks. They might offer relevant details about your other relatives or they might know where else to look for information. If you are lucky, they might have kept some family records or know others who do and lead you to them. Interview as much elderly relatives as you can. It will be best if you can do a one-on-one interview, it is more personal.
However, if your time does not allow you to do so, you can otherwise do your interview through e-mail, “snail mail”, or over the phone. List relevant questions prior to the interview, this will allow you to obtain only necessary details.
Organize what you have researched by using a software program that allows exporting files in gedcom format. The PAF or Personal Ancestral File software is available for free in the LDS family search site. If you have found paper records, the best tools to organize these are downloadable forms such as the family group worksheet and the ancestral or pedigree chart.
Aside from these, you should know ways by which available resources are located and used. The family history center (FHC), also maintained by the LDS Church, is among the best resources accessible to the general public. Aside from the fact that everyone is welcome to access the FHC, it is absolutely free. People can access various public genealogical records more than other sources.
You should keep in mind to bring what you have searched with you, whether files in gedcom format, your family group worksheets and pedigree charts, or your written notes of dates and names, when you do visit the FHC. Going to the FHC will surely help you discover new details or know what you should do next.