January 18, 2018


Belnap Coat of Arms

The Belnap Family Organization is a non-profit ancestral family organization for all descendants of Utah Pioneer Gilbert Belnap (1821-1899), created to preserve, perpetuate, and promote family solidarity.  Founded in 1904, it is one of the oldest and largest such family organizations in the United States.

Over the past century, members of the organization have completed a significant amount of LDS temple work on behalf of the ancestors of Gilbert Belnap and his wives Adaline Knight (1831-1919) and Henrietta McBride (1821-1899).

Since 1963, the organization has periodically published the Belnap Family Crier, which contains genealogical data, historical information, and other items of interest to Gilbert Belnap’s descendants. The organization has also undertaken major genealogical research and restoration projects.

In 1968, the Belnap Family Organization was recognized by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as one of the best-organized family organizations in existence.

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.

Members remain active in preserving, perpetuating, and promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of their tremendous pioneer heritage. Contributions of stories, photographs, and genealogical information on any descendant, ancestor, or relative of Gilbert Belnap, Adaline Knight, or Henrietta McBride are warmly encouraged.