Awesome to read. Definitely want to check out that Israeli site, have some relatives through Russia and Palestine(1800’s), that have been hard to track down currently. Also makes me want to take a DNA test more, looks really cool.
The work for the dead. They believe in life after death, but believe that before the ‘second coming’ the dead haven’t made it to their final resting place, and have the opportunity to accept or reject ‘the Gospel’ of Mormonism. Mormon’s do work for the dead sort of as a placeholder if the dead choose to accept the religion. The mark on (I’m guessing) FamilySearch is so that other Mormon’s don’t also do the work on those people.
I’ve had a friend use the DNA thing through Ancestry.com(not sure if they go through 23andMe), and it was pretty sweet, gives you a brief run down of the area of the world your ancestry is from, and a picture of your DNA to boot.
Familysearch is owned by the Mormon church, but is a nonprofit, and therefore free and not giving money to the church. Ancestry.com isn’t owned by the Mormon church, so any money given goes to the company(which is also, I believe, why the nonprofit Jewish site is willing to work with them).