Mormon Web site handy, but be sure to examine details

One of the greatest gifts to the genealogical world comes from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which microfilmed thousands of local and state records it loans out to research centers around the world.

Other tools available from the church Web site, www.familysearch.org, are worth using, but researchers must approach with caution and closely scrutinize what they find.

From the home page, select "Search Records" in the menu bar. From the pull-down menu, select "Advanced Search." This reveals a data request form. Filling all the blanks will result in a narrow search. Entering just first and last names will return more possibilities. My test name for these records is "Margaret Stalcup."

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