The Mormon Church announced it would lead efforts to index records of about 4 million former slaves and their families in the hope of connecting African Americans with their Civil War-era ancestors.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also known as LDS, has sponsored a non-profit organization called FamilySearch, which made the announcement alongside senior LDS officials in Los Angeles. The Friday announcement marked the 150th anniversary of "Juneteenth," the day when word reached the last group of slaves that the Civil War was over and they were free.
LDS member Elder D. Todd Christofferson said knowing about our ancestors helps us realize who we are and what we can accomplish.
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