Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.
The LDS church or Mormons, is a major cornerstone in the field of genealogy. The term Mormon genealogy can be taken to mean two things: 1) genealogy conducted by Mormons on their own family history, or 2) genealogy resources provided by the LDS or Mormon Church. Such resources include the Family History Library and its vast archives of genealogical material; the many Family History Centers located worldwide, and online resources FamilySearch.org and its newest iteration, New.FamilySearch.org.
For members of the LDS Church researching their own genealogy, the Church has many historical and biographical collections. For non-members, the Church's efforts to microfilm historical records has preserved many records that might not otherwise have survived the years. The Church strives to make its collection free and open to the public, members and non-members alike.