Family history help


A theoretical reader of this blog—perhaps the only kind there is—stands a good chance of being interested in family history. If that’s you, and you’re unaware of the resource provided by the local family history center at the Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), you should check it out.

You may have political views that color your feelings about Mormons. Perhaps I share those views, but not as strongly as I believe in treating with decency people of all creeds & nations, etc.

In any case, like it or not, the LDS church has collected a vast amount of genealogical records, and you can walk right into their center on Court Street in Brooklyn and do research there, including requesting microfilm. One close ally of Moving Sidewalk just viewed the Mexican parish records of his great-great-grandparents’ marriage. But if they don’t get enough research interest, they’ll close the center. So if you’ve been thinking about doing some genealogical exploration, take advantage of this resource before it’s too late.

To find records, you can bring a name and as much information as you have, and the volunteer staff will show you how to search. Or you can do prep work online at, and bring the numbers of the microfilm files you’d like to order. There is a $5.50 charge to order a microfilm, and they take about a month to arrive in the local office. Then you will have a month or two to visit the center and examine it.

The family history center is located at the corner of Court and Union streets in Cobble Hill (as pictured above), and they’re open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 pm; Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm; and Saturdays from noon to 6 pm.

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