News Release

Manchester Holds Family History Discovery Day

A Family History Discovery Day was held on Saturday, 14th November at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Manchester. The day was designed to help people of all ages and abilities to start, continue and develop their desire and ability to participate in family history. 

Participants were welcomed in the foyer with an interesting and extensive display on World War 2 by Christine Gilmore which included the story of Harry Beard who, until his death in 2006, had been a member of the Church for almost 60 years. One of the pictures, from a 1940 newspaper, showed Harry disembarking a ship that had rescued him from Dunkirk.

After a short welcome and talk by President Daniel Liptrott, area Church leader, there were several workshops which were presented three times during the afternoon. The workshops included ‘How and Where to Start’, which helped members to get an LDS Account and start on Family Search; ‘Getting the Most from Ancestry/Family Search’, which gave tips on finding even more information; and ‘Indexing’. There were even Family History related activities for the children which helped give them a greater love for their families.

President Liptrott said of the event, “"The Family Discovery Day was a wonderful opportunity for all members of a family to learn and develop techniques to assist them in finding and discovering their ancestors. Learning more about the history of our families helps us to understand more about who we really are."


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