Extending the Family

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    A look at how families and individuals are doing family history.

    Wendel K. Walton of the Dublin Ward, Columbus Ohio Stake, uses FamilySearch® to help him compile his family records. Velma Skidmore of the Manhattan Second Ward, Salina Kansas Stake, submitted names of more than 650 of her ancestors for temple ordinances. Gerald Haslam of the Pleasant Grove Ninth Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah Stake, plans a family reunion every year. Winona Palmer of the Picture Butte Ward, Fort Macleod Alberta Stake, loves to do name extraction. Boyd E. and Elaine Ferguson of the Monterey Ward, Monterey California Stake, served in a full-time family history calling—in their own stake family history center. Jeanette Greenfield of the West Bend Ward, Milwaukee Wisconsin Stake, created a family calendar to help her family remember their ancestors. And Kathleen Hedberg of the Burley Third Ward, Burley Idaho West Stake, traveled to Sweden to find the records of her ancestors.

    So it is with family history; we can get involved in a wide variety of ways. As we read the following stories, we notice that the details are different, but the message is the same: peace, joy, and spiritual experiences come as a result of being involved with family history and the redemption of the dead.