“World Briefs,” Ensign, Jan. 2009, 77
To align itself with other Church entities, including the new Church History Library now under construction, the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City is now the Church History Museum. The museum showcases the Mormon experience, with permanent galleries as well as temporary exhibits on specific themes. There are guided as well as self-guided tours. The museum is open Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.
To help support family history consultants, the Family History Department is developing new online tools and services. These will include access to up-to-date training and new systems, services, and products. Information, updates, and helpful hints will be e-mailed periodically to registered participants. Consultants can register at http://consultant.familysearch.org with their unit number and Church membership number.
Distinguished British genealogist Colin R. Chapman lectured at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City in October 2008 on the topics “Was Your Ancestor Really Married?” and “Genealogy in Early British Censuses, 1086 to 1841.” Mr. Chapman helped establish six British county genealogical societies and is the author of 14 books on family hsitory. He was involved in developing the three-letter Chapman County Code, which has become the international standard in family history work.
An original copy of the 1855 edition of Ka Buke a Moramona—the Hawaiian translation of the Book of Mormon—went on display at the Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors’ Center in November 2008. Only 3,000 copies of the 1855 edition were printed, and only some 200 of them were bound. Due to a fire a few years after printing, only 15 to 30 copies of the rare edition are believed to exist today.