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July 2017 - LDSAFA Participates in the BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy
     On July 25-28, 2017, the annual BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy was held in the Brigham Young University Conference Center in Provo, Utah. LDSAFA had a display table at this conference and LDSAFA officials gave a presentation on LDS Ancestral Family Organizations: Past, Present and Future.

February 2017 - LDSAFA Participates in RootsTech 2017
On February 8-11, 2017, LDSAFA sponsored a booth in the Expo Hall at the RootsTech 2017 conference that was held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the conference numerous people visited the LDSAFA booth where many ideas about LDS Ancestral Family Organizations (AFOs) were shared between RootsTech patrons and LDSAFA representatives. The large posters, table displays and information handouts that LDSAFA made available to RootsTech 2017 patrons are shown, listed and linked to viewable PDF files at LDSAFA at RootsTech 2017.
     LDSAFA is now planning on participating in the next RootsTech conference--which will again be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 28 - March 3, 2018.


January 2017 - LDSAFA suggests the observance of a World Family History Day
     In January 2017 the Executive Officers of LDSAFA suggested that a World Family History Day (WFHD) be observed and celebrated worldwide.  This day could be observed every May 15th -- which is the same day the United Nations observes the International Day of Families.
     World Family History Day (WFHD) could be celebrated by genealogical companies offering discounted or free limited-time access to their databases and products, by family history centers and societies releasing more historical materials online, and by family organizations encouraging their members to take time that day to discover and post new information about their ancestors and deceased relatives.      

     Today millions of people worldwide research and share their family history.  Discovering family connections and history brings meaning and understanding into people’s lives.  As stated in 1966 by the Genealogical Society of Utah: “In discovering ancestors, individuals seem to discover themselves and are better able to define their own goals and know what they want and expect out of life.”
     Suggestions on how family organizations can celebrate WFHD include: 1) holding an indexing challenge between individuals or family organizations; 2) using the Billiongraves app to photograph and upload photos of headstones in cemeteries not yet documented; 3) scanning and digitizing old family photos and documents and uploading them to a public database (such as FamilySearch); 4) starting a history about a parent, grandparent or ancestor; 5) organizing a volunteer effort at a local courthouse to index or digitize appropriate stored records; 6) holding a fund raising activity and donating proceeds to a family organization for research purposes; 7) holding a worldwide video conference where selected individuals share a story about an ancestor or an interesting event in an ancestor's life.

December 2016 - The establishment of LDSAFA is mentioned in the Deseret News     
     The establishment of LDSAFA was mentioned in a brief article that appeared in the Mormon Times edition of the Deseret News newspaper of Utah on Thursday, December 1,2016 (Section C, Page 2). The article was entitled "New Ancestral Families Association started" and stated the following:
     An all-volunteer association of LDS ancestral family organizations was recently organized in Utah, according to information from the LDS Ancestral Families Association.
     The LDSAFA "is a free registration, publication and support consortium for LDS Ancestral Family Organizations" according to "An Ancestral Family Organization 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."
     Visit for details about the organization.

     In addition, FamilySearch states that "links and information about LDS Ancestral Family Organizations is available from the LDS Ancestral Families Association (LDSAFA)"; and Wikipedia mentions that "In September 2016, LDS Ancestral Families Association (LDSAFA) was established as a 'free registration, publication and support consortium for LDS Ancestral Family Organizations (AFOs)'."

LDS Church Publicity about LDSAFA Members (since 2010)

Clark: “Old Brass Plaques”, LDS Church News (via Deseret News), September 8, 2016
Braithwaite: “A Forgotten Book”, LDS Church News (via Deseret News), March 10 2016
Brough: “A Secret Drawer”, LDS Church News (via Deseret News), August 6-8, 2015
Brough: “Tender Mercies Follow Disaster”, LDS Church News (via Deseret News), Oct. 9, 2014
Brough: “A Diligent Search”, LDS Church News (via Deseret News), October 27, 2013
Osmond: “Family’s Focus”, LDS Church News (via Deseret News), December 11, 2010


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