Mormon church helps people of all faiths find their family tree

Jim Smith is not ashamed to admit it.

"I'm obsessed," he says matter-of-factly. "How often am I at this? 24-7."

It started with a simple quest. He wanted to know more about his namesake uncle, a 22-year-old pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force lost in action in 1945 in the Bay of Bengal in the East Indian Ocean.

Everyone always told him: You're just like Uncle Jimmy. But no one could tell him much about the man who died along with his crew in the Liberator bomber.

Not only did Smith learn about his heroic uncle – whose name is engraved in a Singapore war memorial – he started unraveling his widespread family roots with a zealous passion. Now the gung-ho genealogist details his searches on a blog and volunteers at the Family History Center run by the Tampa Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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