“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 4:6)
Heavenly Father loves his children so much that he not only takes care of the those who are living, but also for those who died before they got a chance to be baptized, while they were living. This is done by proxy in the temples of the Lord. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have 170 temples either operating or under construction, all around the world.
Dedicated members of the Church spend many years researching their family history. The names are then submitted for temple work. Children are turning their hearts to their fathers.
How to begin your family tree?
- The Church as a website where you can add or upload your family research – https://familysearch.org/ – there is lots of information on how to get started and the site also as an ‘Help’ button, where you can get free help to set out your family tree and in some cases help with family research, in hard to find areas. This site is free, although you have to register.
- Begin with what you know…talk to those who may more than you do.
- Use one of the online sites such as, Ancestry, My Heritage and there is also an number of smaller sites that have specific records such as, Irish records, Scottish Records and some of the Parish churches in the UK also have accessible records. Some of these sites a pay to use, some are pay-to-see certain records and smaller sites are often free.
- Collect photographs, as these can often begin conversation with relatives.
- You will also need a large note book and a folder to store things in.
- Once you begin, you will also need a program that allows you to store the data you are collecting.
- In England and Wales, copies of birth, marriage and death certificates can be bought online – here – registra
- You may find this page a good place to start –