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ADULT SOS Challenge  A-4   

Create a Record "Worthy of All Acceptation"

If your records are like those of a lot of people, they are far from "worthy of all acceptation."   There may be missing names, incomplete dates and places, and inadequate documentation. Every name, date, and place should be as complete as possible and should be documented with at least one reliable source, including access information so it can be found again. Make sure you have at least one source for every piece of information you have.   (If you get a week behind in the schedule -- No Worries!  -- just pick up where you left off and continue on!)

Remember to keep a journal of your progress, your experiences, and your feelings about completing this challenge.  

Here are tasks for you to accomplish for this challenge.

Week 1:

  1. Select a family on your pedigree whose records you would like to complete and document. Study what you have on that family and look for lacking data or source documentation. You may wish to make working copies of your records so you can mark them up as you progress.

  2. Create yourself a ‘to do’ list and list on it each item you wish to find or document.

  3. Contact family members and ask them whether they have data or sources you do not. If they are able to supply needed information and sources, add them to your records and check those items off of your ‘to do’ list. You may wish to also obtain copies of the sources, such as birth or death certificates.

Week 2:

  1. Continue contacting family members. One contact may lead you to another.

  2. Organize your information and records as you collect them. Keep paper copies in a folder and record data on forms or use a genealogy software program, such as the Personal Ancestral File (PAF), to organize your family data and sources. This program can be downloaded for free from the website or can be purchased on CD at the library. Your FH Consultants will give you personal lessons on how to use PAF -- just ask!

  3. Visit the Family History Library and ask for assistance with your challenge. .

Week 3:

  1. To document pieces of information, such as a birth date or place, you may need to look at records kept by governments, churches, or private organizations. Several types of records exist for any country and they are often indexed. Many records and indexes may be available online. Types of records may include:

    1. Census records—indexes and images are available on various websites, which you can freely use at the library.
      (under FHC Portal –

    2. Vital records—government records of births, marriages, and deaths.

    3. Church records—contain baptisms, marriages, burials, or membership records.

    4. Cemetery records—gravestones may give names, dates and relationships.

    5. Probate records—can name family members. Usually when someone writes a will, he or she lists the names of their spouse, their children, and possibly their children’s spouses, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews.

    6. Newspaper obituaries—may name family members and give relationships.

  1.  You should make copies of the records you find and file them in your folder. Add new information to your forms or genealogy program.

Week 4:

Continue working on the tasks from the previous weeks.

Week 5 +:

  1. When you have finished this challenge, share newly completed and documented information with family members. This can be done with either paper copies, digital  copies burned to CDs, a family website or blog, and of course with FamilySearch or's "Family Trees"

  1. Write in your journal about what you accomplished during the challenge.


At our Ward Social near the end of the summer, bring your summary. You will not be giving in the summary, only showing it as evidence of finishing your challenge in order to receive your award of completion.