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Comparing the Similarities Between Byzantine Orthodox & Catholic Religions

Genealogists spend a lot of time researching in old church records. In many cases, if it were not for records found within the world’s chuches, genealogists would have no records to turn to at all. Understanding the various religions is impotant to understanding our ancestor’s lives, as their lives were very much tied to their […]

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Mormon Gold Review Addendum — Index to Nearly 2,000 Names

Just the other day I reviewed the book Mormon Gold. The book tells the story of Mormon and their involvement in the California Gold Rush. Nearly 2,000 individuals are mentioned in the book. This addendum is a complete surname index to those individuals. Click a letter below to more quickly browse is alphabetical list. Click […]

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Mormon Gold

Few people are aware it was the job foreman and half-a-dozen Mormons who first discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. Even fewer are aware of the overall presence and contribution Mormons made during the gold rush years. The Mormon people had been in Salt Lake for less than a year when Gold was […]

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The Dictionary of Quaker Genealogy Terms & Phrases

Dwight Radford has posted a 3-part Dictionary of Quaker Genealogy Terms and Phrases on his Journey Home Genealogy blog. Following are the Direct links: Dictionary of Quaker Terms and Phrases (Part 1) Dictionary of Quaker Terms and Phrases (Part 2) Dictionary of Quaker Terms and Phrases (Part 3)

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Mormon Migration Index Website Has Been Revised

A FamilySearch blog provides the details. Here is an excerpt: Mormon Migration Index Give you More Than Ever Before If you have Mormon ancestors who crossed the ocean to join the Saints in America, you may have heard of the Mormon Migration website. In the past, folks have come to this website to find voyage […]

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A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources

A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources is, simply, a resource guide to “electronic databases, websites, microfilm collections, indexes, and more” pertaining directly to Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) and their families. Like most genealogists, most members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are well-aware of, if not intimately familiar with, the Church’s Family […]

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The LDS Church Puts Up a Virtual Firewall to Access of the Names of Holocaust Victims

The following is an excerpt from an AP article posted in the March 8, 2012 edition of the Palm Beach Post News: SALT LAKE CITY — Mormon leaders have put up a virtual firewall in their massive genealogical database to block out anyone who attempts to access the names of hundreds of thousands of Holocaust […]

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Another View of Mormon Proxy Baptism of Jews

The following excerpt is from an article written by Jeff Jacoby, a Jewish columnist for the Boston Globe. The article is dated March 1, 2012, and is posted at the jewishworldreview.com website. It’s a different take on LDS proxy baptisms of Jews. Interesting… Memo to the kvetchers: Get a life — especially when dealing with […]

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LDS Posthumous Baptism Controversy Includes Polish Catholic Witness To Holocaust

And the controversy continues… The following is from an extensive article written by Howard Berkes, and posted at the kuhg Houston Public Radio website. He wasn’t Jewish and he wasn’t a victim of the Holocaust, but the discovery of Jan Karski‘s name on Mormon proxy baptism records has angered those already upset about posthumous Mormon […]

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LDS Church Apologizes for the Proxy Baptism of Simon Wiesenthal’s Parents.

The following teaser is from an article published February 20, 2012 edition of the Calgary Herald. LOS ANGELES – Simon Wiesenthal’s parents should not have been posthumously baptized, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has acknowledged. And on Monday, an official with the church apologized. The uproar began last week when it was […]

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Radkey Goes After Romney

The following excerpt is from a Washington Post article about activist Helen Radkey and her current obsession with going after Governor Romney – attempting to tie him to both the posthumus baptism of off-limits Jews, as well as some of his polygamous ancestors. She makes the news regularly by locating controversial proxy baptisms, and blowing […]

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Jane Seymour & Nathan Gunn to Join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the Annual Christmas Concert December 15-18, 2011

The annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert looks to be a winner again this year. Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn will be headlining the annual Salt Lake City event, taking place December 15 to 18, 2011. You may sign up for a chance at getting the FREE tickets online between the dates of October 8 […]

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Brent Holcomb Authors Two More Volumes of Southern Presbyterian Vital Records

The following is excerpted from an article by Kenneth H. Thompson Jr. printed in the May 24, 2011 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Religious newspapers are a great source for genealogical research but are often very hard to locate — let alone use — unless the information in them is compiled and published. Brent H. […]

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Old Drawyer’s Presbyteran Church & Cemetery in Odessa, Delaware Celebrates 300 Years

The following excerpt is from an article published in the April 26, 2011 edition of the Middletown Transcript. Odessa, Delaware: With spring in full swing and June just around the corner, the Friends of Old Drawyers are hard at work preparing for one of the most prominent religious services in the area. On the first […]

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Pasadena, California’s Holy Family Church Publishes History Book

And here’s another church history recently published… I absolutely love church histories, and would be delighted if all churches produced these once in a while. I think it should be a “requirement.” Not enforceable, of course, but these things are usually loaded with family & parish history, and are extremely helpful. SOUTH PASADENA [CA] – […]

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