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“World Briefs,” Liahona, Jan. 2010, 78

World Briefs

Canadian Census Collection Expands

FamilySearch has added the 1851, 1861, and 1871 Canadian census indexes to its online collection, which already included the 1881 and 1916 Canadian censuses. There are plans to add the 1891 Canadian census shortly. The searchable online databases, found at FamilySearch.org, contain some 17 million records. Free public access to these indexed censuses will make it easier for people to extend their knowledge of their family history.

Service Helps Detroit Children

Inner-city Detroit, Michigan, USA, has a reputation for crime, gang activity, and drug use. Because of high unemployment and low graduation rates in the area, the Bloomfield Hills Michigan Stake teamed up with the Unity Church to help schoolchildren as part of Detroit’s citywide Neighborhoods Day. The two groups assembled and gave away more than 250 school backpacks complete with notebooks, pencils, crayons, erasers, and other school supplies.

Members Escape Wildfires

More than 70 Church members evacuated their homes, many of them staying with other member families, because of wildfires in Utah and California, USA, in September 2009. Fires burned more than 123,000 acres (50,000 ha) in the Sacramento and Los Angeles, California, areas, killing two firefighters and destroying more than 100 buildings. In the area of New Harmony, Utah, fires consumed more than 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) and several buildings. In both states, local priesthood leaders assisted affected members.

Members in Detroit, Michigan, USA, worked with others to give school supplies to children.

Photograph by Betsy Anderson