Genealogical Society of Utah

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The Genealogical Society of Utah was organized on November 13,1894, in the Church Historian's Office. The founding members of the organization included: Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, John Nicholson, James H. Anderson, Amos Milton Musser, Lorenzo Snow,Franklin D. Richards, James B. Walkley, Abraham H. Cannon, George Reynolds, John Jaques, and Duncan McAllister.

  • "President Franklin Dewey Richards" Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 1 (January, 1910):1-5
  • "Amos Milton Musser" Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 1 (January 1910):30-33
  • John Henry Evans " John Nicholson " Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 1 (April 1910):49--54 (Vice-President of the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1894-1907)
  • John Henry Evans. " John Jaques" Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 1 (July 1910): 97-100 (First Librarian of the Genealogical Society of Utah)
  • Adam Bennion. "George Reynolds" Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 1 (October 1910): 145-148. (Director Genealogical Society of Utah)
  • Life and Ancestry of Joseph Christensen." Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine (October 1937): 145-156 (Vice-President of the Genealogical Society of Utah and Recorder of the Salt Lake Temple)

Organizational Purposes in 1894

  • "Benevolent in collecting, compiling, establishing and maintaining a genealogical library for the use and benefit of its members and others'
  • "Educational in disseminating information regarding genealogical matters'
  • "Religious in acquiring records for deceased persons in connection with ordinances of the religion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as that religion is understood in the doctrines and discipline of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and set forth in the revelations of God"

The GSU is an incorporated, nonprofit educational institution entirely funded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its headquarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA with local representatives in all parts of the world.The Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) is dedicated to gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical information throughout the world.

Presidents of the Genealogical Society of Utah 

Franklin D. Richards, 1894-1899
Anthon H. Lund, 1900-1921
Charles W. Penrose, 1921-1925
Anthony W. Ivins, 1925-1934
Joseph Fielding Smith, 1934-1961
Junius Jackson, 1961-1962
N. Eldon Tanner, 1963
Howard W. Hunter, 1964-1972
Theodore M. Burton, 1972-1978
J. Thomas Fyans, 1978
Royden G. Derrick, 1979-1984
Richard G. Scott, 1984-1988
J. Richard Clarke, 1988-1993
Monte J. Brough, 1993-1998
Richard E. Turley, Jr., 2000-2008  

LDS Church and Family History page gives more details.


In 1938 the GSU began microfilming records in the United States of America. After the end of World War II the GSU began microfilming projects internationally.

FamilySearch International

In the 1990's, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expanded the Genealogical Society of Utah and it eventually became known as FamilySearch.  During the 1990's, Monte J. Brough, a General Authority and Executive Director of the Family History Department and president of the Genealogical Society of Utah, conceived of an Internet genealogy service which he proposed to church leaders.  His ideas eventually developed into what today is known as  In 1999, the new website,, went live, providing an online medium for making genealogical records easily available to the public anywhere in the world at no cost.  In 2005 the Genealogical Society of Utah began operating as FamilySearch International. Genealogical Society of Utah


Historical Reference Sources

FamilySearch Catalog

Hathi Trust

The Utah genealogical and historical magazine

External Links

Wikipedia: Genealogical Society of Utah