January 18, 2018

BFO Overview

Mission Statement

“The Belnap Family Organization is a non-profit ancestral family organization for all descendants of Utah Pioneer Gilbert Belnap, created to preserve, perpetuate, and promote family solidarity.”


Founded in 1904, the Belnap Family Organization is one of the oldest and largest non-profit ancestral family organizations in the United States.  Over the past century, the organization has completed a significant amount of LDS temple work on behalf of the ancestors of Gilbert Belnap (1821-1899) and his two wives, Adaline Knight and Henrietta McBride.  The organization has also produced several publications, including the Crier, and has spearheaded other major genealogical research and restoration projects.

The Belnap Family Organization sponsors reunions to assist descendants of Gilbert Belnap in gaining a greater understanding and appreciation of their tremendous pioneer heritage.  The organization also strives to collect current and accurate genealogical information on all descendants of Gilbert Belnap.

In 1968 the Belnap Family Organization was recognized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as one of the best-organized family organizations in existence.  Members of the organization remain active in preserving, perpetuating, and promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of their tremendous pioneer heritage.


Membership in the Belnap Family Organization is automatic for all descendants of Gilbert Belnap, who now number over 10,000 and are found in most states and several countries outside the U.S.  To be included in our member database, please contact an officer or family representative.  Members are encouraged to contribute their personal life stories, genealogical information on their immediate families, family photographs, and any other items of historical interest to the Belnap Family Organization for preservation in the organization’s files.

Governing and Tax Documents

The Belnap Family Organization is registered with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt public charitable organization under the name “Gilbert Belnap Families Genealogical Association,” EIN 23-7373750.  It is also registered as a Utah non-profit corporation under the name “Gilbert Belnap Families Genealogical Association” with a D/B/A name of “Belnap Family Organization.”  To see governing and tax documents of the organization, including articles of incorporation and by-laws, click here.

Officers and Family Representatives

Information on the officers and family representatives of the Belnap Family Organization is available here:

Belnap Family Reunions

For further information on past and upcoming reunions of the Belnap Family Organization, click here.

Belnap Family Organization Minutes

For further information on Belnap Family Organization minutes of past events and meetings, click here.

Further Information

For further information about the Belnap Family Organization generally, please contact the Belnap Family Organization by clicking here.


Last update:  24 Feb 2016