How did the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints corral the market on genealogy research?
“One of the LDS Church fundamental tenets: that deceased family members, especially ancestors, can be baptized by proxy, as well as receive other saving ordinances.…Baptism is essential for salvation” (Mormon.org).
Even if a baptism isn’t on your schedule, we layman can be grateful as family history centers are all over the nation, including here in Pasadena.
The Pasadena California Family History Center is a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (founded as the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1894). At seven computer stations, visitors may access the Family History Center Portal and Ancestry World Edition programs. The location has 800 microfilm reels “in 11 cabinet drawers” and thousands of microfiche “in 5 cabinet drawers.” (So that’s 16 cabinet drawers at your disposal.)
The Pasadena California Family History Center serves the communities of Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Temple City, Rosemead, Alhambra, South Pasadena, San Gabriel, San Marino, Monterey Park, Altadena, Sierra Madre and parts of several other communities. (FamilySearch)
For historical California newspapers, check out the U.C. Riverside’s Center for Biographical Studies and Research and their 18-year-long California Newspaper Project. Vital records such as birth, death, and marriage certificates may be found at California Department of Public Health or USVitalRecords.org.
Pasadena California Family History Center
770 N. Sierra Madre Villa, Pasadena 91107
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.