[1995 Mormon Historical Association Winner for Article Award of Excellence]
In 1975 the Genealogical Society of Utah became the Genealogical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-a move that more fully integrated it into the central administrative structure of the Church. As part of this reorganization a number of administrative changes were made. These included the creation of a new priesthood genealogy division and later a priesthood area support division intended to define member responsibility more clearly, teach members how to do genealogical work and help priesthood leaders perform their family history duties. This chapter provides an overview of all these administrative changes and of various new programs and policies developed from 1975 to 1994 each of these developments had important consequences for the genealogical work of the church.