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President Jimmy Carter was presented with his personal genealogy by Church representatives on June 3, 1977.

"I have a very warm regard and great respect for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its leaders," President Carter said.

"The research that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has done is very exciting to me."

The presentation took place at the White House before a large contingent of the nation's press, according to the June 11, 1977, Church News. It was made on behalf of the First Presidency by Thomas E. Daniels, public relations manager for the Church Genealogical Department; and W. Donald Ladd, who had been released recently as president of the Washington D.C. Stake.

President Carter was given a handsome, two-inch thick volume that traced one of his family lines back 11 generations to England to the year 1610, to the birth of Thomas Carter Sr., who came to Virginia in 1632.

"This is the first time we ever did this kind of project for a president," Brother Daniels said. "We felt that with all of America caught up in the great Roots momentum, the President of the United States should have a document of his personal genealogy."

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