Can I find a copy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints record for grandparents
I know that my grandparents, John Espley, born 5 May 1869 in Maccesfield Cheshire England, and Sarah Baines, born 16 Oct 1876 in Kirkby Lonsdale Westmorland England, were baptized and confirmed on 31 May 1908 in Burnley Lancashire England. I am currently writing/editing a book of my Dad's (Luther Espley) stories, and I wanted to know who were the missionaries or members who had baptized and confirmed my grandparents. Is it possible to obtain a copy of my grandparent's membership records, or at least the names of the individuals who baptized and confirmed them?
This FamilySearch research wiki page may answer your question:
Hi @John Espley
In response to your question about finding early Church information, were you aware that there is a Church History Library website which provides access to a lot of information related to the early History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This information is from the description of what you find at their site, and below this information we have provided a link to the Wiki article that might bear your investigation.
Manuscripts, books, photographs, oral histories, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, and audiovisual materials dealing with the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Ward, branch, mission, and stake records from around the world, including membership records primarily from 1877 to 1970, meeting minutes, and some early emigration records. The Church History Library is the only place to access membership records from 1949 to 1970.
- Journal History of the Church: chronological scrapbook of events of the Church of Jesus Christ from 1830 to 2008, includes an index.
- Patriarchal Blessings: collection spans from 1833 to the present; the blessings generally includes some genealogical data; blessings may only be requested for deceased, direct-line ancestors.
- Missionary, and priesthood quorum records.
- Diaries and journals of individuals including pioneers and some Church of Jesus Christ leaders
- Published histories of wards, branches, stakes, and missions
- Biographical information, photos, and documentation about leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ.
- Church of Jesus Christ periodicals and newspapers.
- Local unit histories (splitting, merging, starting, or reorganizing of ward, branch, mission, and stake boundaries)
Most early Church membership records have been archived. You can use the Ask a Librarian link under Contact Information at the top of this article to post a question you wish to have investigated. The staff who assist will provide a response to your concerns.
We hope you will find this additional information useful not only for the question you posted above, but for future concerns about information the Church History Library may be able to share.0