FamilySearch Receives DAR Award for Records Preservation Work

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FamilySearch was presented the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The prestigious award honors the work of FamilySearch to preserve the world’s historical genealogical records and expand access to helpful, related resources.

DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren presented the award to Lynn Turner, director of the FamilySearch Family History Library (in Salt Lake City, Utah) during the DAR’s 131st Continental Congress national convention in Washington D.C.

On April 23 of this year, Turner took Doring VanBuren and other members of the DAR on a tour of the FamilySearch Family History Library. The guests were impressed with the facility and the service provided to help patrons find their progenitors.

The DAR invited Turner to attend its convention to accept their prestigious award for excellence on behalf of FamilySearch. Accepting the award, Lynn reflected on the two organizations’ similar dates of origin (DAR in 1890 and FamilySearch as the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1894), purposes, and their valuable historic record sets that assist people in finding their ancestral roots.

“At FamilySearch we strive to create inspiring experiences for anyone that desires to discover and connect with their families past and present. We hope that as you have discovered and connected with your ancestors through our services, you have felt that joy,” Turner said.

Turner said FamilySearch started with a few hundred books, but now has more than a half a million books and nearly 5 billion historical record images digitized, and more than 11 billion searchable names all freely available online at

“Mrs. Beverly Tomb (National Vice Chair of the DAR Docents) gave me a tour of your wonderful buildings. As she showed me the library, time period rooms, and your amazing meeting hall, I couldn’t help but think of those whose shoulders you stand on—your incredible ancestors who shaped this amazing country,” said Turner.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a nation-wide service organization for women of lineal descent from Patriots of the American Revolution. More than a million women have been members of the Daughters of the American Revolution since its founding 125 years ago. The organization’s focus on education, patriotism, and historic preservation has resulted in a growing collection of genealogies submitted by descendants of Revolutionary War patriots.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.