Family Organization


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"
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

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.

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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You can contact the OFO through its email address at: officer@osmondfamily.org

OFO Email: officer@osmondfamily.org