LDS Ancestral Families Association (LDSAFA) is a free registration, publication and support consortium for LDS Ancestral Family Organizations (AFOs). An Ancestral Family Organization (AFO) is larger than a parent or grandparent family and includes the descendants of a common ancestral couple. LDSAFA encourages the continuation of LDS AFOs through freely registering, publicizing and supporting their genealogical and historical activities. In fact LDSAFA can be considered a free "one-stop-shop" for locating links and information about LDS AFOs.
There are no costs for LDS AFOs to register and participate in LDSAFA, and all LDSAFA members are entitled to use the LDSAFA Member Seal and receive free listing, publicity and news reports on matters pertaining to LDS AFOs. LDSAFA identifies resources, practices and activities that various LDS AFOs have found meaningful and successful for family members through the years, including information and links on documents and photos, genealogies, histories, videos, technologies, organizational structures and governmental incorporations, pioneer memorials, publicity methods, publishing endeavors, research activities, fundraising projects, family reunions and suggestions and best practices for AFOs.
Importance of Ancestral Family Organizations (AFOs)
Ancestral Family Organizations (AFOs) are often able to accomplish much more than individual families or grandparent family associations. Because of their extensive membership and databases, AFOs are often able to locate and obtain genealogical and historical information much faster and cheaper than individual families or grandparent associations. Also, because of their broad membership and extensive number of contributors, AFOs can usually afford and support extensive research by experienced or professional genealogists much easier and for longer durations than smaller family associations.
LDS Ancestral Family Organizations: Past, Present and Future (2017 BYU presentation)
In 1966 the Genealogical Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon) published the following statements about "Family Organizations"--which are as applicable today as they were decades ago:
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