The mission of the Latter-Day Genealogist blog is to:

  1. Inspire and assist members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (and the larger genealogical community) to “climb”their family trees higher, faster, and more accurately.
  2. Help educate anyone with an interest to know more about why Mormons are so interested in family history and genealogy (or Mormon beliefs in general).

Meet the Latter-Day Genealogist

My name is David. As you may have guessed by the name of the blog, I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (a Mormon).  I’m also an avid genealogist and family historian with 20+ years of experience. Professionally, I work in the IT industry and love to teach others how to better improve their lives (and their genealogy) through technology.

Basic Mormon Beliefs About Genealogy and Family History

To really get a good idea of why genealogy is such an important topic and hobby to Mormons, you need to have an understanding of what we believe concerning our existence before we were born, why we are here, and where we go after death.  For a quick introduction to these beliefs, please watch the following short video:

Mormons believe that individuals who did not have the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ or His Gospel will have the opportunity after this life.  If a person accepts the Gospel of Jesus Christ after death, their saving ordinances (like baptism) still need to be done (we believe these need to be done after birth, but before death). Genealogy/family history enables the vicarious performance of these saving ordinances in LDS temples for these individuals.

Here’s what the official Mormon.org website has to say about the topic:


But don’t just take our word. Here are what some other Mormons answer when asked the question of “Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work:”