Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming
of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
and the heart of the children to their fathers,
lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Malachi 4: 5,6
When we read the scripture above and understand it correctly, the Lord is saying that unless we bind people with each other in families, He will curse the earth (and its inhabitants).
So, what resources do we have to do all this? We are going to be part of a Pioneer trek in another week (son, husband and myself) and my son was supposed to find an ancestor to have his name with him. My husband found a name, Samuel Rowley, that was in the Willie handcart company. He was thankful that his grandma had done an extensive genealogy work on deceased relatives. Me on the other part, I have a long ways to go, simply because none of my relatives are here. Maybe the following will be of help to me and others like myself:
"In May 1999, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service at www.familysearch.org. This Web site offers access to four databases: Ancestral File™, the International Genealogical Index, the Family History Library Catalog, and the Internet Index to the Pedigree Resource File.
1.Ancestral File is a collection of millions of names from individuals, families, and genealogical organizations throughout the world that are organized into pedigrees and family group record forms.
2.The International Genealogical Index is an index of more than 330 million names of deceased persons gathered since 1970.
- 3.The Family History Library Catalog describes the books, microfilms, and microfiche in Salt Lake City’s Family History Library.
- 4.The Internet Index to the Pedigree Resource File will let you know if your family history is part of that collection of family histories submitted by individuals via the Internet. The Pedigree Resource File is available for later publication on CD-ROM through LDS Distribution Centers. Information is organized in family groups and pedigrees. It is printed exactly as submitted and not combined with information from other submitters as is done in Ancestral File. Nine such CDs are currently available.
Also, enjoy this Mormon Messages video about Family History.
Researching our family's history is like weaving a thread between our past and present, in such a way that our future won't turn into dust.
What kind of stories will you leave behind for others to find, as treasures in the dust?
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