I heard the Mormons own Ancestry.com - that they're facinated by knowing, and cataloging info on every person they can. I want to join, but don't want to give any $ to such an anti-gay company, or organization. Anyone know the true story?
Do the Mormons own Ancestry.com?
|by Anonymous||reply 124||10/05/2015|
Ancestry.com is a publicly traded company, meaning you can own a part of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||05/14/2012|
Ancestry.com was started by Mormons. Its purpose is twofold: to make money for the church and to entice people to share genealogical records that church members can use to proxy-baptize the dead.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||05/14/2012|
I was proxy baptized when alive. Fuck those mormons and their brand of crazy.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||05/14/2012|
Staffed by Mormons, they may have some non-Mormons associated with it, but it started as a bunch of Mormon scammers. I was an early member back when they had no data (their business model is that their users provide all their data at no cost to them) and when I cancelled they refused to process it. They made excuses for month after month until finally I got B of A to threaten them if they ever charged me again. It pains me to see them ruling the airwaves and spawning prime-time shows now, because I know what kind of scamming scum they really are.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||05/14/2012|
It's safe to assume anything genealogy-related is Mormon.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||05/14/2012|
Can you find out if someone in their family has been baptized by proxy and why do they do it? What's the deal and why do they care?
|by Anonymous||reply 6||05/14/2012|
They have some weird doctrinal belief that if you baptize someone, even after death, they are retroactively granted entry into the Mormon afterlife. So, lots of Mormons have their non-Mormon ancestors baptized as Mormons.
They also got into a big PR disaster when it came to light in the mid-90s that they'd been doing it to Holocaust victims. They promised to stop, but since the only promises that a Mormon is actually bound to honor is one to another Mormon, they didn't.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/14/2012|
Religion is so stupid, how do people get sucked into it? Feeble.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||05/14/2012|
Although part of the Mormon religion is unsettling (or just fucking crazy), the Mormons did start much of the database for family research that exists in this country today, and their stated reason was that family history was important. (Of course there's all that posthumous baptism bullshit.)
One of the parent companies that is now Ancestry was started by two LDS students, indeed. But it's become a much broader company since.
PS, "Who Do You Think You Are", Ancestry's show that was on NBC, just got cancelled.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||05/14/2012|
R8--because it offers solace in life's darkest moments. It can be used for good (the abolitionist movement) or for evil (the Inquisition, Muslim extremism, etc.) Religion has always been, and will always be, a part of the human experience.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||05/14/2012|
R9 I liked that show. Disappointed it's being cancelled. I knew something was up about a month ago when the show was no longer listed in TVGuide.com even though new episodes were airing. Paula Deen will be on the final episode this Friday.
Genealogy is a big thing for mormons. On an episode of Hoarders a mother took a family history portfolio from her daughter when the cleaning crew discovered it and it created a big fight because the daughter wanted it.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||05/14/2012|
wow, i had no idea.
damn, i hate them.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||05/14/2012|
Familysearch.org is the one that is owned by the Mormons
|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/14/2012|
R11 PBS picked up the show though it is called something else. Celebrities, same host etc
|by Anonymous||reply 14||05/14/2012|
I think GenWeb is the least infected with Mormon crap.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||05/14/2012|
Familysearch is indeed owned by the LDS church. Ancestry is fundamentally a competitor. Familysearch is free, and has some overlapping sets of records with Ancestry. Sometimes one or the other do better or worse jobs in indexing them, however it's clear that, with rare exceptions they are competitors. (One exxception revolves around the 1880 census, for which LDS did the original index but Ancestry posted the images. So you could get the information for free but had to subscribe to Ancestry to see the original census pages.)
Serious genealogists (and I consider myself one) are finally accepting that there can be an incredible amount of actual source material on line. For a long time about all you could get on line was undocumented family trees that were of errors and continually repeating invented and fradulent information. Increasingly, material only available many miles away or on microfilm ordered on loan (yes, sometimes from the Mormons) is now available on line. This is not without cost, of course, particularly if good indexes, which must be compiled by humans, are desired.
So, we accept that an Ancestry subscription is required and the FamilySearch is a real resource. For what you pay it is not a bad deal. And since it is the biggest game in town, it also is more likely to put you in contact with distant cousins, if that interests you. (Not me, particularly.) But there can be a collaborative spirit around research that is a good thing.
And Ancestry offers a pretty decent menu of options to prevent people that you don't want to connect with from being able to harrass you, and ways to post a certain amount of your information without posting it all. One soon learns to be caustious as there are a few people who want to just copy all your research and then post it as their own without any credit, or take working hypotheses and claim they are true. You get the idea.
Most of the Mormons I've run into in doing research have been a little naive, pretty trusting, and very hardworking. Clearly I have major issues with the church around many things. Using their data isn't one of them.
And genealogists as a whole are perfectly happy to tap into these resources without subscribing to any of the LDS faith. One of these days the head of the church will announce a revelation that gay people are also creatd in God's image or are gods waiting to happen or whatever, and the masses will blindly follow along.
I too will miss Who Do You Think You Are. A nice way to wrap up my week. And a little different perspective than Skip Gates' Sunday night series. I suspect it cost more to produce than the one on PBS. More travel to Europe, etc. The research angle was better done on it, however, than Skip Gates' show, which tends to emphasize social issues and historical context, with a theme for each show. Skip Gates, who I think must be a big ole homo, had Wanda Sykes on his show last week. And he's not afraid of telling the world who she is (nor is she, of course.)
I've prattled on for far too long, DL friends....
|by Anonymous||reply 16||05/14/2012|
[quote]I've prattled on for far too long, DL friends....
Meh, we're used to it.
Actually, since your post was quite informative and not focussed solely on yourself, it's perfect!
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/14/2012|
[quote]They have some weird doctrinal belief that if you baptize someone, even after death, they are retroactively granted entry into the Mormon afterlife.
Adolph Hitler was posthumously baptized in 1992. He's eligible for the Mormon afterlife now.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/14/2012|
[quote]I knew something was up about a month ago when the show was no longer listed in TVGuide.com even though new episodes were airing.
Get a load of Ms. Nancy Drew!
|by Anonymous||reply 19||05/14/2012|
r13, what part of r5's post did you not get?
Pretty much every genealogy company is run by Mormons.
Ancestry.com is based in Provo, Utah. It's a fucking Mormon company.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||05/14/2012|
Only Jews start Internet companies (Google, Facebook, Paypal, eBay, Craigslist and Digg)
|by Anonymous||reply 21||05/15/2012|
The thing I object to most is the desecration of old documents around the world by Mormons. They quietly go the churches and cathedrals looking for birth/death records and leave with the actual page that they want, ripped from the book. Fuckers.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/15/2012|
Professional archivist here. I can tell you that the best genealogists out there are Mormons. It wouldn't surprise me if the LDS church had a huge financial stake in Ancestry.com.
I use Ancestry all the time in researching new collections--you have to be careful with what you use, though; remember, most of the content is uploaded by volunteers and hobbyists. That said, if the records you are using are census records, military records or county records, what you're looking at is most likely accurate.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/15/2012|
"Mormons" have @ the second largest Family History Website -- FamilySearch.org It is second to Ancestry. It is totally free and gets about 8,ooo,ooo hits a day. Why would they spend all that money if they owned Ancestry?? FamilySearch is great and gets better everyday. They add original record images from all over the world every day. All this is free with no advertising. Try out their WIKI to guide you through finding your ancestors.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/19/2012|
Because Mormons are trying to control all of genealogy R24. Duh.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/19/2012|
A friend of mine does a lot of genealogical research and has been told several times by public officials that a lot of the pages of public records were stolen by Mormon "researchers". They come in to "look" and tear out pages and disappear.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/19/2012|
They do the same with all books which do not compliment them. They used to go around to public libraries with a list of books to remove.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/19/2012|
23andMe is pricey but they give you a list of people who share your DNA and what your lIkely relationship is. I got 760 names.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/19/2012|
So WHAT if they baptize you after death? Do you actually believe they are sending you to Mormon Heaven? I did genealogy research on a number of lines for about 10 years and their information, web sites, and microfilm are tremendous sources. You can't believe everything, you have to evaluate what you find. Even official records sometimes have errors. And yes, there ARE people who use your research and claim it and repeat your possibilities as facts. It didn't bother me too much, because I had the fun of finding the information and THEY are the ones being cheats.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/19/2012|
[quote]I was proxy baptized when alive. Fuck those mormons and their brand of crazy.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/19/2012|
It's damn expensive, I never joined because of the price.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/19/2012|
"Who Do You Think You Are" was interesting. My family is distantly related to Rob Lowe through his East line.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/19/2012|
[quote]It's damn expensive, I never joined because of the price.
It's FREE to create an account and build a family tree.
You pay to have access to all the records an to other people's trees.
But...the record searches do work and give you a list of results that are only partially blocked out. You can then find most of the records on familysearch for free.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||09/19/2012|
It's pretty incredible the number of ignorant posters on this site that know nothing about the Mormons but seem to know everything there is. I've never heard as much bigoted, stereotype comments about a people as most of you posting on this site. How many of you have seen a Mormon tearing out a page of a church or civil record? How would you even know they're Mormon? You're idiots. Baptizing someone after their dead is related to Mormon doctrine that baptism is an ordinance done on earth and is necessary to join the church. It does not make them a Mormon. Mormons believe people still have their free will in the next life and can reject the baptism just like you can here. If you took a little bit of time to research the truth instead of going off of other idiots that have no regard for the truth but cling so dearly to the hearsay that they'd probably lose their sense of security if they actually were faced with the truth.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||01/10/2013|
r34 is Mormon and lost apparently.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||01/10/2013|
[quote]They do the same with all books which do not compliment them. They used to go around to public libraries with a list of books to remove.
Other groups do it too -- for a while, the study on the USS Liberty sinking was the book most stolen from libraries.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||01/11/2013|
Most public library web sites have good genealogy research databases you can use for free. All you need to do is get a library card number (which is free at your library) in order to use their databases.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||01/11/2013|
FYI- Ancestry.com is NOT owned by the LDS Church, as they have their own company likened to Anecstry.com. Secondly, it's not all run by Mormons... on the contrary. The CEO is the former CEO of Match.com, the General Counsel and CFO come from Omnimedia (Martha Stewarts Empire). They have majority of the workforce living in Park City and commuting to Utah County. It's a progressive, diverse and intelligent workforce.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||02/21/2013|
The Mormon's have a building next to the church that is used for genealogical research. I went in and they are very nice and helpful.
I'm in Michigan so not certain how they have it setup elsewhere.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||02/21/2013|
How many of you out there really "know" anything about Mormons, Jews, Catholics, Lutherans, Muslims, Baptists, Buddhists, etc.? You seem to take the word of any idiot on the internet to be the gospel. Try really researching something once in a while, like at a real library instead of some stupid internet venting network. If it doesn't affect you then why comment on it at all? If you don't want to know about your family background then fine don't research your family background. But because someone...anyone else might want to know about their faiy and its background why do you need to condemn the entire group...no matter who they might be? So many of you who resppond to these types of sites with negative, gossipy comments are the type that are ripe for "gentlemen" like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Hussein, and any other maniac who can increase hated and bigotry to justify their means. Lets hear it for the "good guys" two cheers for freedom of speech! Our founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they could see how that one statement, "Freedom of Speech" has been so defiled.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||03/19/2013|
[quote]They have some weird doctrinal belief that if you baptize someone, even after death
Unlike wine magically turning into the blood of Jesus Christ.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||03/19/2013|
[quote]Only Jews start Internet companies (Google, Facebook, Paypal, eBay, Craigslist and Digg)
lol, you may want to do your homework first, hon.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||03/19/2013|
Did some famil tree research for my mom asd a xmas present last year, joined Ancestry.com and it was very very useful. I did not buy a memebership, but even the basic free sxtuff enabled me to find an incredible amount of family history...,so much it became overwhelming trying to pick just a few main branches to trace back.
Best find was my grandmothers' family founded York, Maine ( her family name btw)back in the earl;y 1600's, left England in 1636. One ancestor was the Standard bearer ( and alleged boyfriend) of William The Conqueror back in 1066. Most amazingly I am a direct descendant of Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emporer in 800 AD.
Presented this gift to my mom in a printed encapsulation , proudly told her of our royal lineage.
Her only question was "Who's Charline Mang?"
|by Anonymous||reply 43||03/19/2013|
I certainly know more about the Mormons than you do R40. It is the Mormons who are the closest thing in the U.S. to the followers of Hitler and Stalin. And they have had a baneful influence of genealogy since they have low standards. I've yet to meet a Mormons whose family tree was not full of people for whom they have no real evidence.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||03/19/2013|
Hi! Responding to this thread that was linked on exmormon.org. Visit if you have any questions about Mormonism and posters who are now Ex-Mormons or questioning are happy to answer anything you want to know. For Ancestry.com, I used to work for them when they had a call center in Provo, UT under MyFamily.com. It is not a Mormon owned company, but it has some ties to it, especially since Mos are really into the genealogy thing.
I worked in the account saves department, meaning I had to talk people out of canceling their accounts. It was pretty bad at times, especially since this company practices automatic renewals and didn't send reminder emails or call when the subscription was about to renew. This also happened with free trials, so people were pretty pissed when they called in and found their accounts where charged $200 dollars for something they didn't even really want, and on top of it, bank fees if there wasn't enough to cover the charge.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||04/13/2013|
I thought they had something to do with ancestry. My daughter is 2 yrs into the mormon faith and she is doing this ancestry stuff. The person helping her just can't believe that no one in her family is mormon. How weird are these people? Just told my husband that I don't want to be baptized in the dead when I die. He said he think you have to believe in this. Their goofy.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||09/12/2013|
Stay away from that shit! Crazy mormons will convert your dead ancestors to their whack job cult in absentia! Don't give them names and do their job for them!
|by Anonymous||reply 47||09/12/2013|
[quote]Our founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they could see how that one statement, "Freedom of Speech" has been so defiled.
This coming from the person who has no clue what the founding fathers meant by Freedom of Speech.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||09/12/2013|
[quote] They have some weird doctrinal belief that if you baptize someone, even after death, they are retroactively granted entry into the Mormon afterlife. So, lots of Mormons have their non-Mormon ancestors baptized as Mormons.
I wish the Muslims would start doing these baptisms to Mormons. The Mormons would have a fit
|by Anonymous||reply 49||09/12/2013|
[quote]lots of Mormons have their non-Mormon ancestors baptized as Mormons.
So why do they keep baptizing Anne Frank?
|by Anonymous||reply 50||09/12/2013|
[quote] I worked in the account saves department,
What do I need to do to get a discount?
|by Anonymous||reply 51||09/12/2013|
More than once for Anne Frank? Is it not taking or something?
I hope she has one of those cards like you get at Subway. If they stamp it for 10 baptisms you get a pair of the Mormon magic underwear for free.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||09/12/2013|
Why do I care if they proxy baptize me or my dead relatives? It's totally fake. I will pray that God makes them gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||09/12/2013|
I like that idea. Can we make that a thing? Ceremonies to turn famous people gay, like a baptism ceremony.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||09/12/2013|
What I don't understand is why anyone who doesn't believe in religious mumbo jumbo would care if some ritualistic incantation is performed for already-dead family?
Hell I don't even care if they make soup with their bones. The accuracy of their information is all that should count.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||09/12/2013|
R55 The bigger issue is their dishonesty. They say they stopped doing it decades ago, but in fact, they continue to do so. If you cant trust them on that issue, why should you trust the information they are selling to you is accurate?
|by Anonymous||reply 56||09/12/2013|
We should get Ronald Reagan's bones and baptize him gay posthumously. That would really piss Fox News off. We could give him a posthumous gay wedding to the still living Sheppard Smith.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||09/12/2013|
But do they still do that thing where the old mormon guy takes the teenage mormon boy into a dark closet and anoints his genitals with the 'holy oil'? That used to be one of Mitten's duties, back in the day.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||09/12/2013|
[quote]because it offers solace in life's darkest moments. It can be used for good (the abolitionist movement) or for evil (the Inquisition, Muslim extremism, etc.) Religion has always been, and will always be, a part of the human experience.
The same could be said for whiskey, and it's cheaper than all that hocus-pocus.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||09/12/2013|
[quote] It can be used for good (the abolitionist movement)
Religion was also used to justify slavery, so that kind of cancels out the connection to the abolitionist movement.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||09/12/2013|
r18, I think Stalin is now, in his afterlife, a Mormon as well even though for a while he studied to be a Georgian Orthodox priest. R34 needs to learn the difference between their and they're---"oh dear".
If we can't trust them about this, can we trust them about polygamy?
|by Anonymous||reply 61||09/12/2013|
[quote]Religion ... will always be a part of the human experience.
Being a believer that the world spins forward only, I reject your prophecy.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||09/12/2013|
I am a Mormon, and most of the things said here are untrue. We do have baptisms for the dead, which is when somebody still alive is baptized in the name of someone already dead. The person in heaven can chose whether or not to accept the baptism, it's always a choice. This is a solution to the number of scriptures that say, without baptism, one can not enter the kingdom of God. Genealogy is a major thing in our religion, because this way we can make sure all of our ancestors can have the opportunity to accept baptism. Also, Mormons do not believe in polygamy, and we do not practice it. If a member does practice polygamy, they are dis-communicated, which means they are not able to attend church etc, until they make up for what they have done (which means not practicing polygamy anymore and repenting and making their wrongs right). [R34] has his facts straight. Go to an actual Mormon website to find out the truth. [R44] I would like you to know that no Mormon I have ever met has ever agreed with any of Hitlers or Stalin's teachings. I would try out a genealogy website and find out how it actually works. Mormons use a combination of scripture (The Book of Mormon) and documented family history lines to build up our own. [R56] Mormons have never claimed to not continue to do baptisms for the dead, we openly say that we do. Like I am doing right now. [R58] I have no idea what you are talking about, but definitely not. We don’t even have priests. **Instead of writing us off as crazy, maybe you should check it out for yourself. You can contact a missionary, and they would be happy to tell you all about our religion, on mormons.org. Or even just browse the website.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||10/14/2013|
R63 - thank you for educating us. I never knew that those who received the post-death baptism had a choice in whether or not to receive the baptism. That's a very nice thought/concept and I will spread that around - I know a lot of other faiths are very resentful that baptisms are done in the name of their family members. The "choice" is a very nice consideration. Thanks again.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||10/14/2013|
R64, are you serious?
|by Anonymous||reply 65||10/14/2013|
R65 The point is that it doesn't harm anyone, and nobody is being forced into anything. A lot of men and women go to the temple at least once a week, sometimes two or three times to do what they believe in and give the gift of baptism to people who didn't have the opportunity while they were alive. Volunteers work at the temple part-time to do this service, and nobody is paid in the church.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||10/14/2013|
I appreciate Maddie coming to this site and sharing her perspective.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||10/14/2013|
Maddie, people like me left religion and would rather not be pulled back in. I don't believe in an after-life, so there would be no "choice" by your standards. That said, what would I care? I'm dead.
However, if I were Jewish and, let's say, your church baptized my grandfather who exterminated in the holocaust BECAUSE of his faith, I would be, rightfully, incensed.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||10/14/2013|
R68 If you don't believe in an afterlife, than no harm no foul, right? And we can't pull you in to a religion if you don't want to be, not even when you are dead. Mormon mindset is that we are all brothers and sisters in heaven and we want to make sure that we can be with our siblings in heaven by baptizing them.
I do however see your point about different religions being baptized into our church. The church has actually agreed not to baptize Holocaust victims, from what I understand, but there are some members who have done this and the church has to keep apologizing. That is the fault of individual members and not the church as a whole. If a member has a relative who was a victim of the Holocaust and wants to baptize them, that is another story. However I am not an expert on this situation, if you look on a Mormon website you should be able to find truthful information.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||10/14/2013|
People who diss the Mormons obviously don't know much about them so are talking out of ignorance. I have done some research as I do have some second cousins. I have found that many Mormons - obviously not all - are decent people and number among them some very brave, hard-working, honest, and god-fearing people and some beautiful people too and I'm proud to have them on my tree.
I know the organisation at the top is not good, it's kind of like an extra layer of government, and very controlling, like Big Brother, and no doubt corrupt, or even rotten to the core, I don't know. However many of the ordinary people are fine, and even more than fine, it seems to me a lot nicer than an average Joe Public.
Polygamy was outlawed in 1895 and for more than half of the 19th century, and practiced publicly from 1852 to 1890 by a minority of families (between 20% and 30%). [Source: Wikipedia]
I recently spoke to an elderly couple who spent some weeks touring the USA and asked them if they had visited Utah. They said they hadn't wanted to, but their touring companions did, so yes, they had spent a few days there. They were amazed by what they found and had an wonderful time and were so pleased they went. They said the people were very welcoming and pleasant and never mentioned Mormonism once. They went to an unforgettable free concert and restaurant. They highly recommended Utah for a great holiday.
So all you people who love Mormon bashing - there's a lot of you out there - maybe you ought to try criticising some other group of people more worthy of your criticism, and not such a soft target. Otherwise it could look like you are cowardly, putting down those who will not strike back.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||10/22/2013|
I did some genealogical research and discovered I am not only a queen, but also a GODDESS!
I want my protein shake and crème brulee NOW!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 71||10/22/2013|
Good lord, how did the Mormons find this thread and start their PR spiel? That infamous niceness carries a high price, especially for women and for anyone, gay or otherwise, who dares to question the total authority of the leaders.
R70 needs to check the history - polygamy, or "plural marriage", was officially suspended by the church twice, in 1890 and 1904, and even then it didn't stop completely for many more years (google Richard R. Lyman for an example.) And it wasn't ENDED, merely suspended in the present dispensation. The 'revelations' make it clear that it could be reinstated on earth at any time should god so decide (or the legal climate made it safe.)
LDS men can still be 'sealed', or married for time and all eternity, to multiple women in their lifetimes, where women can only be sealed to one man. And he'll have all the women he's been sealed to as wives in heaven, where she can have only one husband. D&C (Doctrine and Covenants) section 132 was, and remains, LDS scripture. The church still teaches that marriage, even plural marriage, is required to get into the highest degrees of heaven.
Members are leaving the church in record numbers, and not just over Prop 8 either; so many are gone that they've recently admitted unspecified 'mistakes' and asked people to come back! That won't stick, though; the next guy in line to be prophet, Boyd K. Packer, is a hateful bigot of Old Testament proportions.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||10/22/2013|
I;ve had no luck finding ancestors of either parent. Are there companies that'll do the research for me?
|by Anonymous||reply 73||10/22/2013|
r73 - if you want to check out 23andme.com you can get your dna tested. They have an ancestry section that will connect you with others in their database. I did it and was connected to hundreds of cousins and a few contacted me with information about my family tree.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||10/22/2013|
In case anyone is just reading the latest posts:
Ancestry has a great store of records. However, there is no quality control about family trees of the many "records" individuals can upload and post. The farther back one goes, the more ridiculous some of the information can be. Fathers appear as their own grandsons, people with similar names are seen at the same time all over the world, and remarriages at age 120 are not uncommon, followed by more children.
The Mormon aspects do not get in the way. They have a large set of LDS-specific life events listed that are at best unneeded for others. But the biggest issue is their not allowing a person to set up a connected family tree for a partner, rather than a spouse. Therefore, my male partner is my "wife" everywhere. So fuck them for that.
Also, their absurd desire to grab and seal everyone after death and for all eternity has led directly to the lack of scrutiny, care and factual interest in genealogy. They'll seal Muhammad and the Virgin Mary together as your ancestors if you put them down.
So use the site, watch out for their "upgrades" for data you'll never need, and apply a bit of a historian's care when judging whether or not the people you find actually are the people for whom you are looking.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||10/22/2013|
Don't believe everything you read on the internet. Especially posts like these. I'm sure there is some truth to what has been said here about who owns Ancestry.com but there is much more ignorance. The LDS church surely does not own it. If you want to know what Mormons really believe look in to it using reliable resources, not this type of hearsay. The truth of the matter is, researching ancestry and baptisms for the dead is not a "Mormon" principle or doctrine. Look in the Old Testament.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||11/08/2013|
Why are Mormons infesting this thread on a GAY MESSAGE BOARD. Tell me, "Joe", what is the Mormon position on gay marriage and adoption? Do you believe that being gay is a 'lifestyle choice'? Do you advise celibacy for gay men and lesbians?
I'm waiting, "Joe".
|by Anonymous||reply 77||11/08/2013|
"Joe"? Are you out there, "Joe"?
|by Anonymous||reply 78||11/08/2013|
"Joe, Joe, where are you now that I need you, Joe?"
|by Anonymous||reply 79||11/08/2013|
I guess "Joe" left on his mission.
He will be missed.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||11/08/2013|
"...'baptism of the dead' is NOT a mormon doctrine ... they call the sam practice "proxy baptism" ... what the heck us the difference ... false doctrine by any other name would stink as foul.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||02/05/2014|
Joe, baptizing the dead is so central to Mormon practice that even after they promised Israel that they would no longer baptize Holocaust survivors THEY CONTINUED TO DO IT.
If you want the inside scoop, "Mormon Doctrines" by Bruce McConkie is a more reliable guide to what they ACTUALLY do than anything they say in public.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||02/05/2014|
Whether Latter Day Saints own Ancestry or not, all of the comments regarding proxity work for the dead are not based on LDS doctrine. I seriously doubt that baptism ordinances were performed for Adolf Hitler and even if they were, his acceptance of these ordinances are not guaranteed. That along with correct Doctrine are available to anyone who seeks the truth. Most of the time people comment because, they are offended by someone. I find comments here far from true doctrine and grossly incorrect.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||07/22/2014|
I thought Mormons believed only 144,000 souls will be allowed into Mormon heaven.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||07/22/2014|
Don't the rest of us get our own planets?
|by Anonymous||reply 85||07/22/2014|
R84, Mormon heaven is for everyone and we get our own planets so we can be gods.
You're confusing things with the Jehovah's Witnesses and related "144,000 get into heaven and all I got was this lousy sect that hates Christmas and birthdays" groups.
But, having been to Witness' Anniversary parties, which ARE allowed, it's plain they cram the rest of what they're missing into them.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||07/22/2014|
It's easy to keep the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses straight:
Mormons: Manic with OCD and Graniose Delusions
Jehovah's Witnesses: Depressive with Reactive Attachment Disorder (inappropriate sociability) and Morbid Jealousy
|by Anonymous||reply 87||07/22/2014|
When I was a kid we had a maid who was a Jehovah Witness. She left because it was the end of the world and her family had to go to the top of some mountain. She wanted us to go with her. Never found out if the world ended.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||07/23/2014|
Thanks for info on family search. I just learned new info about my family
My grandfather left ireland in 1882.
Never knew that date
|by Anonymous||reply 89||07/23/2014|
[quote]The point is that it doesn't harm anyone
Right. The Mormons, who used undue influence and their financial pull -- finances garnered in part by everyday Mormons tithing some of their income -- to try to prevent gays from marrying aren't harming a soul.
And after they get done paying millions for institutional bigotry, they can go "baptize" a bunch of gay people's relatives, completely disrespecting the religion (or no religion at all) of others and their families.
That works out great when you're dealing with families whose relatives have died because of their religion. Just ask the Jews, who LOVE it when you Mormons come along and try to turn them posthumously Mormon.
What the fuck are you Mormons even doing on a gay board, anyway? Go the fuck away, assholes. You've done enough already.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||07/23/2014|
[quote] Most amazingly I am a direct descendant of Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emporer in 800 AD.
R43, who's your "gateway ancestor'? (A "gateway ancestor" is someone who's lineage is already proven to Charlemagne, so all you have to do is prove a relation to the GA, and your lineage is therefore established back to the big guy.). Mine is Mary Guy.
There is a Charlemagne Society, like there is an SAR and Mayflower Society. I don't know if there is a Julius Caesar Society or a Joseph & Mary Society, but I'd guess those would be successively more impressive.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||07/24/2014|
I figure it's not my business what Mormans do in their church, proxy baptisms included; just like it's nobody's business what I do in my bedroom, who I love, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||07/24/2014|
I've heard it reported that Ancestry is one of the few web sites that actually turn a profit today. Most are still building for future profit. At Ancestry's prices, I can understand how they do.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||07/24/2014|
[R92] So right! Who cares! We ALL have bias and use generalizations. 'Those crazy Mormons' or 'those homos' WTF? Why should one care about the other?
|by Anonymous||reply 94||08/01/2014|
We SHOULD care about the Mormons because of their ongoing anti-woman and anti-gay sentiments, their taking from the poor the world over (to build shopping malls fer Chrissakes!). For their everchanging doctrines (blacks are evil, blacks are OK!) and most importantly for their long-term scarring and emotional fucking-over of their followers.
I'm a LGBT ally, and I won't stand up for anything that stands against my friends. The LDS community stands against them politically, socially, and religiously. Remember the proverb "When I shake hands with my enemy he is still my enemy." Mormons love smiling and shaking your hand whilst they ruin your life.
It took me 10 years to get out of the LDS world and put this group mostly behind me. I refuse to support anything that gives even a whiff of their stink.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||08/01/2014|
if your worried about not supplying money to the Mormon faith don't buy anything they have large amounts of stock in most fortune 500 companies
|by Anonymous||reply 96||10/17/2014|
The LDS Church outlawed plural marriage (polygamy) as a deal with the US Government, in order to make Utah an official state...not specifically out of some mode of disgust.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||10/17/2014|
I was in Salt Lake City and decided to visit the Mormon Genealogy Center..rows upon rows of computers and was amazed at all the information they had apparently some gleamed from Social Security information.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||10/17/2014|
The only thing I know about Mormons is that they make for a hell of a good Broadway show.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||10/17/2014|
Lisa Kudrow is one of the executive producers of that tv show. She certainly isn't Mormon, with a last name like Kudrow. just sayin'...
|by Anonymous||reply 100||10/17/2014|
so Donnie & Marie lied when they sang about being "a little bit country& a little bit rock n roll"?
|by Anonymous||reply 101||10/17/2014|
|by Anonymous||reply 102||10/17/2014|
Many people print harmful, hurtful views of the Mormons. Why? They do more good for all people world wide and any other institution i know.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||10/19/2014|
[quote]with a last name like Kudrow
What kind of name is that?
|by Anonymous||reply 104||10/19/2014|
R103, people may dislike Mormons because they funded the anti-gay marriage appeal or amendment in CA. They're leadership is very conservative. They are also very conformist, God help you if you're a free spirit and a Mormon.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||10/19/2014|
r104-Lisa Kudrow is Jewish
|by Anonymous||reply 106||10/19/2014|
The only way to find out what Mormons really believe is to go to an EX-Mormon site. Even if you search on "magic underwear" or "I hate Mormons," you'll be guided to orthodox Mormon websites. Try it -- you'll see.
These people are really crazy. I dated an ex-Mormon lesbian. Her stories were truly off the wall.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||10/19/2014|
I went out with a boy who had gone on the two year mission and enjoyed it but just quit the church because he felt he had to choose between that and being gay. He chose being himself. Gay. Maybe God will change his mind about gays though. He did about blacks. Mormons used to think black people were evil but then later said God changed his mind. There's a lyric about it in THE BOOK OF MORMON musical: "And I BELIEVE that in 1978, God changed his mind about Black people!" That's no joke. That's what Mormons believe.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||10/19/2014|
Re: "Maddie", "Alice", "Joe". They're out there, watching.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||10/19/2014|
In an answer to a simple question, this sounds more like a Mormon hate site. Sorry some don't have better things to do. Ancestry.com has NEVER been Mormon church owned. In fact, less than 5% of registered users using the site are L.D.S. (Mormons). So more than 95 percent of user are not members of the Mormon Church. Please do better research before you state what you think is factual. FamilySearch.com is owned by the Mormon Church and as is the case with Ancestry.com, more users of the site are not members of the Mormon Church than are. Genealogy minded people are of all faiths, and non faiths, gay and not gay, and of every color. People love to research their ancestors. Try it... you'll like it. Sure there are Mormons who work there. And there are also others from about every other faith you can think of. And there are non-religious employees also.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||05/20/2015|
R110 has obviously not dealt with them over an extended period.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||05/21/2015|
"People love to research their ancestors."
|by Anonymous||reply 112||05/21/2015|
[quote] They do more good for all people world wide and any other institution i know.
They take care of each other. They are routinely hostile to non-Mormons. Do you consider having your posse's back, "charity"? That's a rather narrow suspect definition.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||05/21/2015|
[quote] "People love to research their ancestors."
[quote] R112: Why?
R112: Hobbies are not easily appreciated by those who, well, don't find them interesting. You either get it, or you don't. I was corralled recently buy a talkative woman who bored me to death recounting her lineage, so it can be boring even to fellow amateur genealogists.
Just to get this out of the way: I don't think I'm any better than someone else just because my ancestors were in America early and have participated in historical events or who were otherwise accomplished. I do sometimes feel that I'm better than the "sour grapes" types that make that accusation, though, but that's another thing altogether.
I think if it as having four parts: online research; library visits for work that isn't online; graveyard visits, as tombstones often contain info that is unavailable elsewhere; or are located in proximity to other graves which might evidence a relationship; and piggybacking on the work by other genealogists.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||10/05/2015|
Genealogy is like a treasure hunt, except the treasure is a collection of facts about your ancestors. Or it's like a crossword puzzle, that becomes more interesting and accomplished as you become more experienced. Or it's just historical gossip that fits right in here in DL.
There are some artists in my lineage so I have enjoyed traveling to museums to see their work, too. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum in Wilmington, VA; and the Fruitlands Museum in Lancaster, MA, both let me into their storage rooms to see artwork by an ancestor that was not then on display. The Jewish Museum of NYC offered to let me see another piece of work in their storage vault too, but I was unable to see it due to a scheduling problem, so maybe another time.
As for gossip: I recently found that a Great Uncle had a secret marriage and left their son to be raised by his maternal grandparents after his wife died, probably in childbirth. This son wasn't named in the father's obit, but children by his second wife were, which makes me wonder what that was about. I also recently found that another Great Uncle frequented "fairy balls" in NYC, before marrying a spinster woman. They had no children. I also found a family tomb under Boston's Old North Church with direct ancestors. The tomb is shard with the family of a participant in the original Boston Tea Party.
That's just a few examples that I found interesting, so that is [italic]Why![/italic]
|by Anonymous||reply 115||10/05/2015|
I found out at ancestry.com my mother's father had a secret first family, or at least an illegitimate son, he left behind in Europe. My grandfather got out in time. His son died in Dachau.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||10/05/2015|
Some things to consider about Ancestry.com:
1. Many libraries have a subscription to Ancestry.com that can be accessed by library card holders (this was mentioned above) for free. However, you can only access the Library edition when you are at the library.
2. You can access the data in the Ancestry.com databases without giving them any of your own family information. If you actually look at the home page of Ancestry.com, you will see that the first data fields they want you to fill in is your own family information. If you do not want your family data absorbed into Ancestry.com, do not fill in these boxes. Move down the page and simply search for names. They will know who you are searching for, but not any real relationships.
3. The Ancestry.com commercials are hilarious. They imply that all one must do is type in a name and voila, you find lots of family information. Yes, it can happen. But there is a tremendous amount of bad research on that site - many people upload their own databases, a significant number of which are badly researched, poorly documented and should be examined and checked carefully for accuracy.
4. They can be a good place for actual public records - assuming they've been properly indexed - these are not subject to "civilian" researchers talents.
5. Don't subscribe until you have used the edition at the public library for a time to determine if it is worth the money to you. Many people lose interest when they discover it's not as easy as it looks in the commercials or until they discover some cock-eyed "data" they know to be wrong.
6. I consider them to be a vampire like organization. They grow based on information provided by the people paying to use their database. They also have absorbed databases created for free by local genealogy societies. I understand that local societies have complained when the data they collected and indexed wound up on Ancestry.com where people ended up paying for the data that the societies had meant to be free.
7. All that said, yes I do use it and have a subscription, but I have never uploaded my own family information. Not their business and I know the quality of my own research and have no wish to have it join some of the junk research residing on that site. Most importantly, my information is for my family only.
One would find it difficult to do serious genealogy without Ancestry.com but researchers often fall into the trap of only using Ancestry and ignoring all the other, valuable places for data that surface every day.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||10/05/2015|
[quote]3. The Ancestry.com commercials are hilarious. They imply that all one must do is type in a name and voila, you find lots of family information. Yes, it can happen. But [bold]there is a tremendous amount of bad research on that site[/bold] - many people upload their own databases, a significant number of which are badly researched, poorly documented and should be examined and checked carefully for accuracy.
Because records at that time were handwritten, my grandfather's last name was spelled incorrectly more often than not on census reports.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||10/05/2015|
Back in the 70s I was a kid at a friend's house. We were talking about our family ethnicities. I remarked that it seemed to me that everyone I was close friends with shared the same ethnicity. I lived on a block with Irish, Italian, German, Polish, Russian Jewish and WASPs, but all of my close friends were the same two ethnicities that I was. I wondered if it was the similarity in outlook between the two groups. Since my family was Protestant on one side and Catholic on the other, religion didn't seem to matter so much.
My friend's sister had a college friend from Nawlins staying at the house and she said she thought all of us northerners were wacky because of our obsession with our ethnicity. "Nobody asks what your ethnicity is where I come from. We don't care about any such thing. We have no need to examine our backgrounds so closely and crow about 'where we're from'."
We were a bit sheepish until my friend's brother piped up, "That's because y'all are afraid to find out you're related to black families in the bad part of town."
I was stunned. I hadn't even thought of that. Hell yeah, they didn't want to go digging too deeply down there.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||10/05/2015|
[quote] Because records at that time were handwritten, my grandfather's last name was spelled incorrectly more often than not on census reports.
R118, when I write about "bad research" in my previous post, I am not talking about misspellings or name variations due to misreading of documents.. Those things are a natural part of research. As are name variations which are very common.
By "bad research", I am talking about people who assume family connections based on faulty research. They don't bother confirming their information with official birth, marriage, death records, etc., but simply make leaps of assumptions, linking into whole banks of research with no PROOF. If they find a record with the name they are looking for, they just assume that it is the correct record without understanding or caring that more than one person or family can have the same last name. They are too lazy or ignorant to confirm their assumption with proof through official, primary source, documentation.
There is a lot of that on ancestry.
Being a careful researcher and with years of software development experience which demanded careful logic and double checking, it was a shock to find research on Ancestry that I KNEW to be flat out WRONG. ( I just found another example last week of such a family tree on Ancestry.com.) I am no longer shocked by it, just disgusted.
This stuff is very misleading to novices who think that what they find on Ancestry is all accurate.
I even know of one poor researcher who made a trip to a foreign country to the place they believed their family came from only to find when checking the local actual records that the Ancestry research they had accepted and relied on was incorrect and their trip was to the wrong place.
I admit I was tempted early on to try and suggest corrections to some of the errors, but there is so much bad stuff out there that one can only warn caution to unwary researchers.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||10/05/2015|
Well, EXCUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSE me, R120.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||10/05/2015|
The reason God changed his mind about blacks in the late 70's was because the BYU sports teams sucked without black players. Seriously.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||10/05/2015|
[quote]The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum in Wilmington, VA
That museum is in WILLIAMSBURG; there are Wilmingtons in Delaware and North Carolina, but not Virginia.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||10/05/2015|
Someone is taking ancestry waaaaay too seriously.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||10/05/2015|