PROVO, Utah — A few simple rules could make life easier for amateur genealogists who work at home, a certified genealogist said Friday.

CindyLee Butler Banks, who works at the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, suggested home-based researchers keep their work up to date and get information from relatives while they are still living.

"I'm grateful for my family histories," Banks said at the Conference on Family History and Genealogists at Brigham Young University. The conference concluded Friday.

Her great-grandfather was a bodyguard for Joseph Smith, founder of the LDS Church and kept a journal. When Banks was in high school, living in Missouri, she was taunted because of her LDS religion, she said.

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