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FamilySearch Donates Digitized Records Destroyed in Typhoon Haiyan

"When Typhoon Haiyan—known locally as Typhoon Yolanda—wreaked its devastation in the Philippines a year ago, government officials in four cities thought the loss included irreplaceable civil records," LDS Church News reported recently.

"What they hadn’t counted on was a godsend: the Church’s international genealogical organization known as FamilySearch."

"Having digitally captured the records, FamilySearch recently donated copies back to the cities where the records had been copied: Tacloban and the smaller municipalities of Guiuan, Hernani, and Marabut, located on the island of Samar."

Read the entire article at The Church News.

A similar situation faced the people of the Pacific island nation of Niue 10 years ago.

According to FamilySearch's YouTube channel, "After a category 5 cyclone devastated the small island nation of Niue in 2004, the records preserved by FamilySearch, the family history organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, become the only existing copies of many of the records. These government records are copied and restored to Niue to help with claims related to property and inheritance. FamilySearch has digitized and preserved billions of records from around the world."


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