Conexión San Ángelo/ Staff report

SAN ANGELO – Are you intrigued by the adventure of discovering your family tree but don’t know where to start investigating? Do you have amazing family stories but don’t know how to record them for posterity?  

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hosting a Family History Fair, free of charge and open to the public, on Saturday January 20, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at their Abilene church building located at 3325 N. 12th St. in Abilene TX  Both novice and expert family history researchers are invited to attend.

Classes will cover the use of a free online resource called, one of the most popular genealogical websites in the world. is sponsored by the Church, and visitors to the site can search over two billion digital images and indexes of records from all over the world. These records include government and church records for births, marriages, and deaths; censuses, probate, and land records, as well as draft cards.  Millions of new records are published on a weekly basis.

Other helpful family history websites will be covered such as, Find My Past, My Heritage, Find a Grave, Relative Finder, and Puzzilla.  Instruction will also cover how to navigate US Census records, Native American records, the Freedmen’s Bureau and how to effectively use journaling.

The Church’s commitment to help people connect with their ancestors is rooted in the Church’s belief that families are meant to be central to our lives and that family relationships are intended to continue beyond this life. Because interest in family history is not limited by culture, ethnicity, or religious faith,’s resources, powered by the Church, are available to everyone who wants to discover more about their family and their heritage, from church records in Europe to oral histories in Africa.

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