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== Copies  ==
 
== Copies  ==
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The [[Church History Library]] serves as the custodian of the Patriarchal Blessing records. The following instructions were taken from their site 3 August 2015:
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The [[Church History Library]] archives, preserves, and provides access to the patriarchal blessing records. Individuals may request copies of their personal patriarchal blessing and those of deceased, direct-line family members. A direct-line family member is a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent. It is not a sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin, or in-law.
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To obtain copies of patriarchal blessings for yourself or a deceased direct-line ancestor, you will need the following information:
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To obtain a copy of a patriarchal blessing, you will need:
*Your Church membership record number. (If you do not have it, please see your ward membership clerk.)
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* An LDS.org account
*Blessing recipient's name at the time the blessing was given.
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* Your Church membership record number (MRN). If no MRN is available, primary documentation identifying the requester is needed
*Names of blessing recipient's parents.
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* The blessing recipient’s current name
*Birth date of blessing recipient.
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* The blessing recipient’s name at the time the blessing was given
*Approximate year the blessing was given.
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* Names of the blessing recipient’s parents, including the mother’s maiden name
*Your relationship to recipient.
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* The birth date of the blessing recipient
*Your mailing address.
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* The approximate year the blessing was given, if known
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* The patriarch’s name, if known
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* Your relationship to the recipient (for deceased direct-line family member blessing requests)
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* If no MRN has been provided, documentation of your relationship to the recipient (for deceased direct-line family member blessing requests)
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* Your mailing address, including apartment number or PO Box number
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* Your email address
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* Your primary telephone number
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To request a copy of a blessing:
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# Go to LDS.org. In the top right corner, click on '''My Account and Ward''', then select '''Patriarchal Blessing'''.
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# In the new window, click on '''Sign In''', and log in with your LDS.org account (Your FamilySearch login information is also your LDS.org account information.)
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# Click on '''My Blessings'''.
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# Follow the instructions to verify personal information.
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# To request a blessing, click on '''Request Personal Blessing''' or '''Request Family Blessing''' and provide all the required information.
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# Upon verification by Church History Library staff, the blessing will be delivered online. It can then be viewed by accessing the patriarchal blessing page again and clicking on the name of the individual, whose blessing you requested.
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Individuals may use Church History Library computers during regular hours to request copies of their own patriarchal blessing or those of deceased direct-line family members. Individuals will be required to create an LDS.org account to request copies of any patriarchal blessings. Library patrons may also use the library’s cash-operated printers to print copies of patriarchal blessings already attached to their LDS.org accounts.
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You may request copies of blessings in three ways:
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For additional information, visit the patriarchal blessing FAQ page at [https://history.lds.org/article/chl-pb history.lds.org/article/chl-pb] or call 1-801-240-3500.<br>  
 
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In Person: Please bring a valid photo ID when you come to the Church History Library. (Patriarchal blessing services are available Monday through Friday only. The patriarchal blessings staff is not available on Saturdays.) Only your own blessing may be requested in person. Ancestors’ blessings must be requested through [https://www.lds.org LDS.org]. For personal blessing requests, you will be directed to log in to your LDS Account. If you do not have an account, a staff member will direct you on how to create one. Your personal blessing will not be printed; it will be uploaded to your LDS Account as a PDF.
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Through the Postal Service—Mail your request to the address below.
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Church History Library<br>Attn: Patriarchal Blessings<br>15 East North Temple Street<br>Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-1600
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All requests through the postal service will be fulfilled by mailing the requested blessing.
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Online: Go to [https://www.lds.org LDS.org]. Click My Account and Ward, and then click Patriarchal Blessings. Log in to your LDS Account. (If you do not have an LDS Account, you will be required to register by creating either a member account or a friend account.) You may issue either personal or direct-line ancestor requests from this web page. Your personal blessing will be uploaded to your LDS Account as a PDF. Ancestral blessings will be mailed to you. 
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Requests for blessings for the deceased may take substantially longer to fulfill. Personal blessings will be fulfilled first and then ancestral blessings will be processed in the order received.
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For information, please call 1-801-240-3500.<br>  
      
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