News Release

CDO Stakes Host Family History Exhibit

In support of the importance of genealogy work, members and leaders from the three stakes (dioceses) of Cagayan de Oro hosted a 2-day Family History Exhibit at Limketkai Mall from May 20-21, 2014. 

City Councilor Atty. Adrian “Addi” Barba together with Dr. Maximo Saavedra, president of Cagayan de Oro Stake opened the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The exhibit was open to the public and introduced the Church’s commitment to strengthen families through family history research which can unite families across distances and generations. 

"The purpose of the exhibit was to share with the community the tremendous resources available to them for free as they do their family history research," said Saavedra.

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Family History consultants who manned the exhibit gave demonstrations on how to do microfilm research as well as online research through, one of the most popular genealogical resources in the world.  The consultants also showed the guests samples of microfilm records available in the Family History Centers.

Genealogy or Family History Research, traditionally known as a hobby pursued mostly by middle-age adults and seniors is now attracting teenagers and young adults to the pastime due to advances in technology. 

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City Councilor Barba expressed interest to make his own Family Tree. He filled up the form which was given to him and was in deep thought as he tried to recall names and details about his grandparents.  After being unable to continue for lack of information, he planned to consult with the director of the local Family History Center. He expressed appreciation for the effort of the Church to share Family History resources to the public.  He also recognized the service rendered by consultants who volunteer their time and expertise to assist others.

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Aside from CDO, guests coming from the nearby cities of Iligan, Malaybalay, Valencia, Ozamis, Pagadian, Gingoog, Butuan and Surigao, and from the different municipalities of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon dropped by to view the exhibit.  Guests were also invited to visit the 3 Family History Centers located in Cagayan De Oro City for further genealogy work.

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