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    Latter-day Saint Family and Local History SourcesIntroduction

    Introduction

    The Church History Library houses diaries, memoirs, personal papers, correspondence, photographs, oral histories, local unit records and annual histories, and records from Church departments as well as other materials that offer historical context for your ancestors’ lives. This context is shown through the recorded perspectives of fellow countrymen, townsfolk, local religious leaders, neighbors, emigrants, travelers, and others with similar occupations and social experiences. If your family has been associated with the Church, either in the United States or in other countries, or if you are compiling a history of your branch, ward, stake, district, or mission, the Church History Library may have historical sources that can help bring your story to life.