Vermillion Family History Center to open next week

Vermillion Family History Center to open next week The Vermillion Branch Family History Center at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open for patrons March 23 at 6 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the largest genealogical library in the world. Under the direction of its Family History Department, the Church and its members have gathered millions of volumes of birth, marriage, death and other records.

Hundreds of millions of microfilmed records are available to the public for research. The Vermillion Branch Family History Center, and hundreds like it around the world, have materials both on film and by computer search.

The Church maintains a family history website, which currently receives about eight million hits a day.

"All are welcome to use the resources at the Family History Center," said Robyne Peabody, director of Vermillion's satellite library. "We encourage anyone who is interested to come. We have trained staff ready to help you."

To appreciate the Church's emphasis on genealogy, it is necessary to understand the importance of the family in the lives of Latter-day Saints. Church members who obey the teachings of Christ may enter into a marriage covenant that lasts not only until death but continues eternally. In addition, the Church teaches that those who have died without a true knowledge of the gospel may be baptized in a temple by proxy. Proxy temple work, including baptism and marriage, opens the way for people who have died without a full knowledge of the gospel to accept saving principles and participate in necessary ordinances.

The living gather vital statistics on their ancestors so that the dead can have all the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Speaking at the National Press Club on March 8, President Gordon B. Hinkley, spiritual leader of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints promised that those who do family history research "will feel a special connection to those who have gone before you and an increased responsibility to those who will follow."

The Vermillion Family History Center will begin its operations with the following hours: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon; Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The facility has two microfilm readers and two computers with family search software. The Family History Center is located at 20 Mickelson Avenue.

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