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Genealogy moments: 'Never assume'

Inge E. Bork joined the Church in 1953 in Germany through the influence of her husband, Hellmut.

She thought none of her relatives were Church members, and her efforts to research her ancestral line on her mother's side had been stymied. She knew nothing of her grandfather; her grandmother had always said he was deceased. She prayed often that she would find a breakthrough and be able to identify and extend the blessings of the temple to her deceased ancestors.In 1965, The Borks moved with their three children to Salt Lake City.

Shortly afterward, they were visiting friends who were also from Germany. While in their friend's home Sister Bork saw a copy of Der Stern, the German-language Church magazine. Skimming through it, she noticed an article about the 75th birthday of a man in Germany whose name was Alfred Frohberg - the same name as her grandfather's.

Curious, whe wrote to the man in care of the Church's Wuppertal Branch in Germany. She received a reply from the man's wife. Yes, the wife wrote, the man featured in the magazine was indeed Sister Bork's grandfather. Unfortunately, he had died since the magazine article had been published.

From this contact, Sister Bork learned her grandfather had divorced her grandmother, and, in 1941, married the woman who was now responding to Sister Bork's inquiry. Frohberg and his second wife had joined the Church in 1956 and became members of the Wuppertal Branch.

After they joined the Church, Frohberg's second wife had done extensive genealogical research on both her own and her husband's ancestry, and had arranged for some ordinance work to be performed in the Swiss Temple.

After the second wife died in 1973, Sister Bork inherited her papers. From the information the papers contained, Sister Bork pursued further research and submitted additional information for temple ordinance work.

Today, Sister Bork, a member of the Kearns (Utah) 35th Ward, is a volunteer worker at the European desk in the Church Family History Library in Salt Lake City. She testifies to the importance of persistence in family history research.

"And never assume you're the only member of the Church in your family," she admonished.