Family History Library

Come with us this month for a look at an important place on Temple Square.

Family History Library

Keslie B. loves a good story. When she’s not singing, swimming, or dancing ballet, she likes to read stories at her home in Brigham City, Utah. So when her grandma told her a story about an ancestor named Marie, Keslie wanted to go to the Family History Library to find out more.

Keslie was happy to learn how to do family history work and piece together the stories of some of her ancestors. But she won’t have to travel to Salt Lake City every time she wants to prepare an ancestor’s name for temple ordinances or do research—Keslie can do many things on her computer at home or at a nearby family history center. Now she can do family history work wherever she lives!

When Keslie walked into the library she saw a big painting called The Eternal Family through Christ. It shows Jesus Christ surrounded by prophets and people from different time periods. Everyone looks like one big family.

The service missionaries and library workers were happy to answer Keslie’s questions. There were so many neat things to see!

This big relationship chart was one of Keslie’s favorite things. She saw how many well-known people are related to each other.

Searching for Grandma Marie

Finding Her Story

Marie Ingebretsen is Keslie’s great-great-great grandma. Marie joined the Church in Norway more than 135 years ago. After her baptism, she wanted to live with the Saints in Utah, so she took five of her children on a ship bound for America. Keslie saw the passenger list that Marie signed before she boarded the ship. Marie’s family arrived safely in America in 1882.

A year after Marie left Norway, her husband, Enoch Ingebretsen, brought the rest of their children to join their mother in Ogden, Utah.

Many records are kept in the Family History Library. Keslie found information about Marie on the computer, in books, and on maps.

To find out how to do family research at home, see pages 24–25.

Left background painting: Eternal Family through Christ by Judith Mehr; photographs by John Luke © IRI