New FamilySearch means no more excuses

Craig Miller could have made excuses.

He descends from Mormon pioneers. His ancestors have prepared family names for temple work since joining the church. His parents even sought help from professional genealogists, with limited results.

It would have been easy for Miller to conclude that all his family history work was done.

But it wasn't.

And when he was contacted by unknown relatives from back East -- descendents of a brother who left Scotland to mine coal in America before the rest of Miller's family joined the church -- he was gifted a hidden branch of his family tree. Although not LDS, these relatives wanted to share family history information.

"We got together. Come to find out, we have 700 new names," said Miller, who works as director of member needs for the LDS Church's Family History Department. "If you make an effort ... the Lord will open up the doors and find the rest of your family."

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