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  • Who’s in Your Family Tree?
    It doesn’t matter whether your ancestors were famous, infamous, or as awesomely ordinary as a milkman. Knowing their stories—their successes, failures, joys, and sorrows—can bless your life with strength and inspiration. Get started making discoveries with 2 simple steps on FamilySearch: Step 1: Add what you know to Family Tree. Add your parents and grandparents […]

  • Overgangsdatums indexering
    Zoals u weet, stapt FamilySearch van een desktopprogramma over op een webindexeringsprogramma. Arbitrage daarvan loopt nog tot 31 maart 2018, of tot een latere datum zolang het werk blijft achterlopen. In het webprogramma zijn momenteel meer dan 160 projecten voor indexering en controle beschikbaar. Wij nodigen u uit om de webindexering uit te proberen en […]

  • The Art of Remembering: 9 Tips for Capturing Personal and Family Stories
    Seventeen years after my Grandpa Bob passed away, my dad planned a family reunion at a park in northern Utah. Prior to the reunion, my dad invited his four siblings and their children to email him their favorite memories of Grandpa Bob. He compiled the memories into a 16-page document and printed a copy for […]

  • 18 Writing Tips for 2018: How to Tell Personal and Family Stories with Confidence
    Seventeen years after my Grandpa Bob passed away, my dad planned a family reunion at a park in Northern Utah. Prior to the reunion, he invited his four siblings and their children to email him their favorite memories of Grandpa Bob. He compiled the memories in a 16-page document and printed copies for everyone. One […]

  • A Sacrifice of Time: Indexing
    We hear the word “indexing” thrown around a lot when we’re talking about family history. In fact, in their presentation at RootsTech 2017, President and Sister Nelson challenged people to make a sacrifice of time to participate in temple and family history work, including indexing. They shared the experience of three young family members, Natalie, […]

  • What’s New: FamilySearch Places
    Anyone who has tried to uncover his or her family history knows that place is an integral part of every family’s story. The places our ancestors lived shaped their lives and experiences. They also determined what records were created about them. It makes sense, then, that to find our ancestors and understand their lives, we […]

  • What’s New: Search Records at Home
    For many years, using FamilySearch’s vast collections of records often meant taking a trip to the Family History Library or a FamilySearch affiliate library to scroll through microfilms. Or it might have meant ordering the needed microfilm and waiting for it to arrive at a local family history center. Over the past several years, though, […]

  • Using Obituaries to Find Your Family
    You probably know people who are avid obituary readers. They regularly scan their local papers, looking for people they know. While reading about other people’s deaths might strike you as an unusual hobby, the truth is that every family researcher should become an avid obituary reader. The reason is simple: obituaries are potentially the most […]

  • Who Is on Your Family’s Ofrenda?
    I’ve always had a bit of a sour attitude about going to the movies, mostly because it seems like a lot of money to spend just to go and shush my children in public for a few hours. But when the new Pixar movie Coco came out, my 10-year-old daughter begged me to take her […]

  • Consultant-Specific Training Available at RootsTech 2018
    RootsTech 2018 is just around the corner. This four-day genealogy conference will take place February 28–March 3, 2018 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you are able to attend, you’ll find many informative sessions specific to your calling as well as new ideas for how you might bless the lives of those […]