For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its all relative.
Thats what they hope to find out, anyway.
Were a strong, family-oriented church, church member Lynn Godek said. We believe in connecting with our past family members, understanding who they are and where we come from. Part of it is some of our doctrinal beliefs and salvation.
Tracing back and then carrying on Gods plan for the family is one reason church members use the family genealogy center within the local church, at 20020 Ives St. But its the concept of understanding ones roots in general that has brought church members together to host a free family history fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for the community.
While the churchs family genealogy center is open to the public year-round, center volunteer Lois Hall said its not as well used by non-church members as it had been in the past. We used to be busy, but since theres so much on the Internet, they dont come in as much, she said.
The center is equipped with several resources to help with ones genealogy search, including books, computers with an Ancestry.com account and microfilm.
Saturdays family history fair will offer beginning and-advanced-level genealogy classes to help people either get started in their family roots search or get past previous dead ends or conflicting documents. One class also will offer information about the churchs indexing program.
Heidi Beuttenmuller, event organizer and president of the churchs womens group, the Relief Society, said this is the first family history fair the church has hosted in recent years. I think people feel better about themselves when they know their history, she said. When you know your story and who youre representing, it helps gives you a moral rudder in the crazy world. The pull for me is my ancestors. Theyre the reason Im here.
The churchs family history center is open to the public from noon to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, and by appointment by calling Mrs. Hall at 646-1735.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Feb. 8. For more information, visit http://wdt.me/kXNnth.