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Mission of the BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy

  • Provide quality online research and resources for public use at no cost.
  • Provide extraordinary mentored-learning experiences for students learning the science and methods of family history research.
Please see public databases and resources below.
Current Projects

Linking Families for Cancer Prevention

Linking Families for Cancer Prevention is a collaborative effort with the University of Washington’s Connect my Variant project. Our purpose is to identify individuals who have a higher risk of hereditary forms of cancer and provide them with resources for cancer prevention. Research has shown that people with the same genetic variant often share a specific common ancestor, so the risk of hereditary cancer can be significantly reduced when more people know their family history.

English Marriages

Bertram Merrell created this index by correlating the information he painstakingly extracted and transcribed during his many visits to the Cheshire Record Office in Chester, England. Over the course of many years, Merrell cross-referenced the information he extracted from the marriage licenses, allegations, or bonds with the information he extracted from the Church of England’s parish registers or Bishop’s transcripts.



Welsh Mormon History

During the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, converts from the British Isles played a crucial role, providing much-needed strength and leadership to the fledgling church. Among these, the Welsh were prominent, with influential figures such as Dan Jones and others making significant contributions to the growth of the work.




Immigrant Ancestors Project

The Immigrant Ancestors Project uses emigration registers to locate information about the birthplaces of immigrants in their native countries, which is not found in the port registers and naturalization documents in the destination countries. Volunteers working with scholars and researchers at Brigham Young University are creating a database of millions of immigrants based on these emigration registers.





Script Tutorials

This website offers guidance in the deciphering of manuscripts and other old documents that were printed in old typefaces or written in old handwriting styles. Languages covered here include English, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The content of this website may be useful for genealogical, historical, and literary research.




Nauvoo Community Project

Family history students at Brigham Young University's Center for Family History and Genealogy are working in conjunction with Church Historic Sites to identify the residents of Nauvoo, Illinois, from 1839 to 1846. Wherever possible, each resident will be documented from birth to death in the records of the time. This data is available to all who are interested in the history of the community, as well as descendants seeking information about their families.



Discovering English Ancestors

Researching English ancestors? Dr. David H. Pratt, Emeritus Professor of History at Brigham Young University and Accredited Genealogist Emeritus, has prepared this up-to-date tutorial outlining some efficient ways to trace English persons in the past. This web site will also assist professional scholars doing biography, demography, prosopography, the study of a place or the family as an institution as well as the genealogy.