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Genealogy Quote of the Week – Nephi Anderson

This week’s genealogy quote is by Nephi Anderson, librarian of the Genealogical Society of Utah and editor of the Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine from 1910–1923.

 Nephi Anderson

Nephi Anderson

From Wikipedia: “Nephi Anderson (1865 – 1923) was a prolific LDS author . . . His most successful work was his first novel, Added Upon (1898), but his writing career also included short stories, poetry, and non-fiction.”

Nephi Anderson was born in Christiania (modern Oslo), Norway, and at the age of six years immigrated with his parents to Utah. He later taught school in Ogden and Brigham City eventually becoming Superintendent of schools in Box Elder County. He served as editor of the Millennial Star during his mission in Great Britain. In later years, he traveled widely speaking about genealogy. The quote below was given when the Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City was still small.

Genealogy quote from Nephi Anderson

I see the records of the dead and their histories gathered from every nation under heaven to one great central library in Zion — the largest and best equipped in the nations, but in Zion will be the records of the last resort and authority. Trained genealogists will find constant work in all nations having unpublished records, searching among the archives for families and family connections. Then, as temples multiply, and the work enlarges to its ultimate proportions, this Society, or some organization growing out of this Society, will have in its care some elaborate, but perfect system of exact registration and checking, so that the work in the temples may be conducted without confusion or duplication.

And so throughout the years, reaching into the Millennium of peace, this work of salvation will go on, until every worthy soul that can be found from early records will have been searched out and officiated for; and then the unseen world will come to our aid, the broken links will be joined, the tangled threads will be placed in order, and the purposes of God in placing salvation within the reach of all will have been consummated. (“Genealogy’s Place in the Plan Salvation,” Utah Genealogical and Historical Quarterly, January 1912, pp. 21-22.)


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