Family history moments: Family's focus

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, 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." — Clayton and Ethel Brough, Osmond family history representatives, West Jordan, Utah.