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Osmond Family Research

     Shown below in the red circle is Donny Osmond, pictured on a large wall pedigree chart that existed from 2008 to 2014 inside the main floor area of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Information about this chart was published by Lee Benson in the Deseret News newspaper of 15 June 2008 under the title of "Offspring of a great dad alter world."

     On December 11, 2010, the LDS Church News of the Deseret News newspaper published the following account of the Osmonds family and their family history work. This newspaper article (quoted below) was entitled "Family history moments: Family's focus", but was known as "Famous Family Focuses on Finding Families".

Famous Family Focuses on Finding Families

"Family history moments: Family's focus"
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Church News article, Deseret News, December 11, 2010
(Text and photo of article is shown below)

     For decades the Osmonds have sung and performed for people around the world. In July 2008, all nine siblings of the famous Osmond family — Virl, Tom, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie and Jimmy — performed together with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during two evenings of Pioneer Day celebrations in the LDS Conference Center. However, even when performing in different parts of the world, this large family has always taken time to focus on families, including trying to locate distant cousins and performing temple work for their deceased ancestors and relatives.
     
The Osmonds' love of family history and temple work was instilled in them when they were young. Their parents, George and Olive Osmond, contributed countless hours toward genealogy and temple work, and involved their children in this "eternal work" as much as possible. As the mother of the world-famous singing family, Olive Osmond was constantly on the go. Yet, wherever she went she was continually answering and sending family history letters, compiling and directing genealogical research work, devising and suggesting new ways to enter family data into computer programs, and constantly encouraging relatives and her worldwide audience to become more involved in genealogy and family history.
     
As Alan Osmond has said, "My mother taught her children how to do family research, and we published our family history in several magazines and on various websites." In 2008 the Osmonds traveled around the world on their 50th Anniversary World Tour, and according to Alan, "We would greet the audiences from the stage as, 'Hi, Cousin! How Are We Related?'"
     
Donny Osmond has likewise stated, "I inherited the love of genealogy from my mother and have fond memories of doing research with her and sharing our 'finds' together. I know that my mother has now been united with those ancestors she became familiar with while doing her genealogy work."
     
Today, Donny supports a worldwide Osmond Research and Extraction Project, while Alan oversees Osmond-related temple work and maintains a family history website, [www.osmondfamily.org]. And recently, Jimmy Osmond — while performing in England — took the time to dedicate the grave of his great-great-grandfather, George Osmond Sr.
     
Indeed, it can be said that the dedication of the Osmond siblings to family history and temple work started when they were very young, for they were taught by their parents the importance and blessings that come from being involved in such "eternal work."
-----[Written by] Clayton and Ethel Brough, Osmond family history representatives, West Jordan, Utah

Finding Cousins for Christmas (2014)

by R. Clayton Brough, December 2014, OFO Family Genealogist

     Donny Osmond's message to his older brother, Alan, was brief but specific: "Before the end of the year I wish we could find a close cousin of our Welch ancestor [John Martin] who still lives in the United Kingdom." Unknown to Donny was that inspiration, time, and technology were quickly coming together to make his Christmas wish come true.
     John Martin (1846-1900) is Donny and Alan's great-great-grandfather (through their mother's lineage). John was a coal miner in Wales and married Anna Jenkins in 1866. They immigrated to Utah in 1868, eventually settling in Samaria, Idaho, where John farmed and he and his wife raised ten children. Interestingly, John played the violin and organ, and he and Anna taught their children how to sing four part harmony. This musical tradition was later passed down and magnified by their famous descendants--the Osmond family singers of Utah.
     Donny's wish soon became known to other family members within the Osmond Family Organization of Utah. Two of them contacted Mark Gardner, a British consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, who voluntarily helped them track down John Martin's "first cousin twice removed": Charles Edward Capel Martin (1913-1998)--who had served in the British Royal Navy during World War II and was a well-known sports car racer. Feeling inspired, family researchers then contacted Simon Collier, Donny's fourth cousin who lives in England, and asked him to try and find a distant family relative living in the United Kingdom who might have information about Charles descendants. A short time later, Simon found the relative who informed him that Charles had a grandson who was "alive and well" and living in Europe.
     Within a few days after receiving Simon's information, family researchers in Utah located Charles grandson: Charles Richard Lloyd Martin, who lives in England and is a fifth cousin to Donny and Alan Osmond. Upon hearing that he was related to the Osmond's, Charles said, "I must admit this is the weirdest thing to think that we are in some way related to Donny and Marie Osmond. As soon as my first [child] was born I became interested in my roots and worked on [my Martin] family tree…which now contains nearly 700 persons dating back to 1540." When Donny heard about Charles being found in England, he texted family members, saying, "It's so great to see how everything can come together today to help us quickly find family and relatives. Thanks everyone for making a Christmas wish come true."
     Alan Osmond has summarized the discovery of finding his Martin cousin this way: "Finding cousins like Charles Martin would have been very difficult a few decades ago. My mother and father, George and Olive Osmond, spent years trying to find living Martin cousins in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, but met with little success. Today, using inspiration and the tools of technology which the Lord has blessed us with-such as FamilySearch, online indexes and sources, and social media sites--we can more quickly find our deceased and living relatives and thereby 'hasten the work'."

OFO Genealogy Committee

     The Genealogy Committee of the Osmond Family Organization (OFO) consists of the children and grandchildren of George and Olive Osmond, as well as the following experienced researchers: Clayton and Ethel Brough, volunteer family genealogists who live in Utah (Ethel is a "1st cousin" to Olive Osmond); Elinor Gilbey, a volunteer researcher who lives in Wales; Mark E. Gardner, a professional British genealogist who lives in Utah; and Kathryn Stout, a professional British genealogist who lives in Lancashire, England.

OFO Current Research Projects

     The Genealogy Committee of the Osmond Family Organization (OFO) is currently conducting research for the Osmond family in the following areas: 1) attempting to extend their Osmond ancestry in Oxfordshire; 2) attempting to determine if Johannes Osmond of the 1300's in Oxfordshire is related to their Osmond family; 3) attempting to identify more of their Davis ancestors in Wales; 4) attempting to extend their Martin ancestry of the 1500's in Cumberland; 5) seeking ways to preserve the gravesite memorial of John Martin (1809-1861)--who was one of their direct ancestors and a surgeon in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales; 6) attempting to identify more of their close cousins around the world using DNA technology; and 7) document and place more of their Osmond and Davis family genealogies, histories and photographs on FamilySearch.org.

Osmond SIRP Research Project

Information taken and edited from FamilySearch

The Osmond Family Organization (OFO) uses Surname Index and Relationship Project (SIRP) methodologies to identify family members and relatives. SIRP is a "structured extraction and research system used to identify individuals and combine them into family units". During the past several years, SIRP has been successfully used by the OFO to identify and connect hundreds of individuals living in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

SIRP acquires online genealogical data from multiple sources on individuals having the same (or similar) surname in a designated geographical area, then inputs all such names and their associated dates and places of births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials into a PAF-style (and GEDCOM friendly) database. Once this database has been compiled, then analysis, screening and merging tools are used to match and link individuals together into related families and larger ancestral lineages.

Some of the genealogical sources used by SIRP include the following:
1) LDS Ancestral File - still available at some Family History Libraries and/or on earlier (DOS-style) computer disks.
2) Pedigree Research File (PRF) - still available at Family History Libraries.
3) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - viewable on: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp .
4) FamilySearch.org - viewable on: https://familysearch.org .
5) FamilySearch Family Tree database available on FamilySearch.org.
6) Available online government indexes of births, marriages and deaths, such as the British GRO (or "FreeBMD" for England and Wales) - viewable on: http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl ; and the UKBMD Search - viewable on: http://www.ukbmdsearch.org.uk/ .
7) Available online name indexes, databases, and census reports from commercial sites, such as Ancestry.com ; FindMyPast.com ; and Non Conformist & Non Parochial Records - viewable on: http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/user/subscriptions.php . (These three websites can be accessed free-of-charge at Family History Libraries throughout the world.)
8) Available GEDCOM files from known and reliable family members and related individuals.

In 2011, the Osmond Family Organization (OFO) used SIRP methodologies to compile databases of hundreds of "Osmond" surnamed individuals who had lived from 1800 to the early 1900's in New Zealand and in New South Wales, Australia. Subsequent analysis, screening and merging of these databases resulted in the rapid identification of numerous linked individuals and multiple family lineages.

In 2012, SIRP methodologies were used to successfully document and link hundreds of "Osmond" military servicemen (and women) who died while serving their countries in World War I and World War II to their families and ancestors.

At the present time, the OFO is applying SIRP methodologies to identify and combine thousands of individuals and their families who lived in the 1800's and early 1900's in England and Wales.

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