Genealogical Society of Utah. Lessons in Genealogy. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Geneaological Society of Utah, 1915.
Quoting from the very first page of this early lesson book:
Every well-informed, consistent Latter-day Saint should believe in genealogy as much as he believes in faith, repentance, and baptism for the remission of sins ; and this belief should be manifested in works, the same as belief in baptism, tithing or any other gospel principle is shown to be genuine by its fulfillment in actual practice. This statement, that every Latter-day Saint should be a genealogist, may, at first thought, seem a little extreme. It will be necessary, therefore, to establish the proposition by briefly pointing out what the Latter-day Saints believe regarding the salvation of the human race.Using the term "genealogist" has fallen out of favor in the Church. We now refer euphemistically to "family history." But the importance of teaching family history has not changed. Here is another example:
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City. Seeking after Our Dead, Our Greatest Responsibility: A Course of Lessons for Study in Classes in Genealogy. [Salt Lake City]: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1928.
Quoting from the first page of this lesson manual:
The purpose of this series of lesson on methods of research in Genealogy is to bring before our people, so vitally interested in seeking after their dead, information that will guide them in their search, and afford an answer to the problems every research must consider, viz:
- Why we are seeking.
- What we are seeking
- Where we must seek.
- How we should seek.
Here is yet another example from our past:
Deseret Sunday School Union Board (Salt Lake City, Utah). Adventures in Research: Genealogical Training Class Sunday School Lessons. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Sunday School Union Board, 1943.
Quoting from this manual:
The purpose of this course is to present in the form interesting stories of successful genealogical searching, a comprehensive introduction to the method of ancestral research.
In the preparation of these lessons the endeavor has been to harmonize the following objectives:It seems to me that the goals of teaching about family history have not changed all that much over the years. It is also interesting to see how many different methods have been tried to teach the members how to become in family history over the years. Even during my lifetime, we have seen several different approaches, from little or no teaching, to more intense attempts to get the membership involved. We may be ready for another change in curriculum in the not-to-distant future.
- To arouse in class members an active interest in research to ascertain their own ancestry, and administer temple ordinances for them.
- To provide as part of the lessons (as far as allotted space will permit) actual record material which members distant from a genealogical library may learn to manipulate, thus acquiring the necessary technical genealogical skill to cope with the problems to be encountered in their own line.
- To arrange for an actual working class, about every fourth week, when members will engage in record work and application of lessons.
- To present typical research problems from various parts of the United States and in different foreign countries, where most research must be carried on by our people, and show how these have been solved, and the steps followed.
- To indicate the fascinating life stories back of the names and dates and family records, and that even the seemingly commonplace persons are connected with important and often thrilling historical events.
- To show the intimate yet often unsuspected interrelationships between families, and to emphasize the fact that Latter-day Saints are representatives of many families and nations and of all ranks of society, and that church members hold kinship with the great characters of world history.
- To emphasize the fact that men and women of the world have been inspired to compile their own genealogies and those of notable people, and in so doing have compiled the genealogies of Latter-day Saints.
- To awaken the desire in the heart of each class member to know and appreciate his forefathers, and to officiate in their behalf in the templates.