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Family Registry

(Note: All questions concerning Family History or Genealogy should be addressed to The Genealogy Lady at the New Jerusalem web site.) To find a family History Center in your area, call (U.S.) 1-800-346-6044 or visit

Joan Patterson wrote to say: The Family Registry is no longer being updated. In its place is the Ancestral File on Family Search which also provides the the name and address of the submitter.

by John C. Jarman

Family Registry is a service provided by the Family History Department of THE CHURCH of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints to help people who are doing research on the same family lines to cooperate with one another and share results, thus avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort and expense. This service provides a way for individuals and family organizations to ask for information about an ancestor who is currently the subject of their research or to share with others information they may have about deceased individuals.

The Family Registry has an alphabetical list of the surnames being researched, together with the names and addresses of persons who have registered. The index is updated periodically and published on microfiche. The January 1990 edition contained 287,000 names. Those who register are expected to respond to others who wish to coordinate research efforts. The Family Registry index can be personally searched by anyone at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, or at more than 1,500 family history centers or other libraries that participate in offering this service. There is no charge for registration or for searching the index.

(See Daily Living home page; Family History home page)


"A New Tool for Genealogists." Church News (Dec. 18, 1983):12.

Nichols, Elizabeth L. "The Family Registry." Genealogy Digest 16 (Summer 1985):26-31.

 Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 2, Family Registry

Copyright 1992 by Macmillan Publishing Company

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