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Next Stake “Positive Parenting Class” will be on Wednesday November 18th from 10-11:30am at 17th St. Building. Sister Angela Johnson will be the instructor. The topic is “ESTABLISHING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE.” Babysitting will be provided for children ages 18 months & older. Younger children may attend class with parent. Parents, grandparents & anyone who cares for children are invited.…

Stake Blood Drive

October 29th; 17th St Building. 1-6 PM. All 17 year olds are eligible to donate if they meet the weight requirements and health restrictions. If your Ward needs service for your Young Men and Young Women, here is an opportunity for them. To schedule your appointment online please logon to www.hoagblooddonor.org

HB Day in the Temple – Oct. 19

The Stake Day in the Temple this year is scheduled for all day on Monday, October 19.  The temple is normally closed on Mondays but will be open that day just for our stake’s special day in the temple.  The goal is to have the sign-up system ready two months before the Stake Day in the Temple and it is ready…

4 Million Freedmen’s Bureau Records Now Available For Indexing!


FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world announced the digital release of 4 million Freedmen’s Bureau historical records and the launch of a nationwide volunteer indexing effort. This amazing collection will help unite families across generations. FamilySearch International is working in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society and the California African American Museum to make these records available and accessible by taking the raw records, extracting the information and indexing them to make them easily
searchable online. Once indexed, finding an ancestor may be as easy as going to the site, entering a name and, with the touch of a button, discovering your family member.

The Freedmen’s Bureau was organized near the end of the American Civil War to assist newly freed slaves in 15 states and the District of Columbia. From 1865 t o1872, the Bureau opened schools, managed hospitals, rationed food and clothing and even solemnized marriages. In the process it gathered priceless handwritten, personal information including marriage and family information, military service, banking, school, hospital and property records on potentially 4 million African Americans.

“The indexing of these records will allow many African Americans to create a link to their Civil War-era ancestors for the first time,” said Thom Reed of FamilySearch. “This effort will bring to life the names of those who came before us and honor their great legacy, and will allow us to connect our families past and present.”

Throughout the year, volunteers with each of these organizations and interested individuals from the general public will search and index these priceless records, making the information, details and histories readily discoverable for free online genealogical searches.

“Everyone needs to know who they are,” said Diane Watson, former U.S. Representative and U.S. Ambassador. “They need to know something about their background. They need to know the traits that run through the lines… The Freedmen’s Project will fill in those gaps.”

The goal is to have the records fully indexed in time for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in late 2016. It only takes a little training for anyone with a computer and internet access to join the project. Technical assistance will be available at FamilySearch centers throughout Orange County. Visit the Family History Center at 8702 Atlanta Ave. in Huntington Beach for hands-on help.

The event, held at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, featured speakers from partner organizations, including Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a senior-level leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Sherri Camp, vice president of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society; and other multimedia presentations.

To see how you can help restore records of millions of freed slaves, visit DiscoverFreedmen.org and on social media using #DiscoverFreedmen. This groundbreaking event can be viewed at DiscoverFreedmen.org or MormonNewsroom.org.