FYI. A change in policy effective this month:
The Church is no longer charging the old $3 fee for obtaining copies of patriarchal blessings. You can now get a replacement copy of your own blessing, or a copy of an ancestral blessing, for the price of a postage stamp. The only catch is that now you may order only four blessings at a time — wait for them to be delivered, then order the next batch.
Anyone may obtain a copy of his own blessing, or that of any deceased direct ancestor, or of a current spouse, or of a direct descendant (whether living or dead). You may not request blessings of your living [grand]parents, any collateral relative (brother, aunt, great uncle, second cousin), your ex-husband, that cute girl you’ve been stalking, or your favorite Mormon celebrity.
Write to: Patriarchal Blessings, Department of Family and Church History, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150.
Provide the full name (maiden and married, if you aren’t sure when a woman received her blessing), birth date, and, if you know it, the applicable date/stake/patriarch. State your relationship to each person whose blessing you are requesting. Be sure to provide your mailing address. You can come to the library in person if that’s more convenient (it won’t speed up delivery, though); telephone requests are not accepted.
And be patient. It may take three or four months to receive copies. They usually warn you that it will take up to six months, but my experience is that they take care of it much faster.
(Disclaimer: Please remember that I am not a Church employee and in no way pretend to speak for the Church. This is merely a piece of good news I learned this week, as a library patron.)