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  • Are You Ready for Pioneer Jeopardy?
    by Sydny Terry The Higgs family crowds around the biggest window in the living room, the smell of barbeque wafting through the air. There are about 36 papers taped to the window in six categories, and under each category are numbers: 100, 200, 300, and so on, much like a board from the classic game […]

  • Seven Ways to Preserve and Share Your Family Story Today
    by Rachel Coleman Our family stories are complex dramas with many threads, villains and heroes, hard times and good times. How do we capture the richness of our stories with all their vitality and uniqueness? How do we convey the deep desires, the devastating setbacks and the celebrated triumphs? Preserving these narratives for future generations […]

  • How Family Stories Shape Our Identities
    by Rachel Coleman Why do family stories matter? They directly impact how we see ourselves, our ability to succeed, and even our level of resiliency. “Let me tell you a story about when I was your age.” How many of us remember hearing this from our parents at bedtime when we were children? How many […]

  • How Project Instructions Helped Me Learn to Index
    By Kathryn Grant When you start a new indexing batch, the project instructions immediately open on the screen. And there’s a good reason for this! These instructions just might be one of the most helpful resources for new indexers—and all other indexers, for that matter. Project instructions tell you the key things you need to […]

  • Engaging in Family History with Early Pioneer Recipes
    Early pioneers are an important part of our personal stories and family history. Whether your great-grandfather traveled with a handcart company or you yourself are an immigrant, pioneers pave the way for the generations to come. Pioneer stories open a window to the past, revealing people not so different from ourselves. One fun way to […]

  • How to Make the Most of Your Free Ancestry LDS Account
    For decades Ancestry has been a leader in the family history arena. Today it is the largest commercial family history research site. With 20 billion records from 80 countries and 80 million family trees boasting 8 billion names, Ancestry has something to offer just about everyone. A partnership between Ancestry and FamilySearch allows members of […]

  • How to Make the Most of Your Free FindMyPast LDS Account
    People tracing their English and Irish roots have long known the value of FindMyPast, a research site with vast collections that cover those areas extensively. With 8 billion names, FindMyPast offers many resources and records that are not available anywhere else. Although the site focuses on English and Irish research, it is not limited to […]

  • How to Make the Most of Your Free MyHeritage LDS Account
    If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, your FamilySearch account now gives you access to resources and records far beyond the collections that FamilySearch has on its own. Partnerships formed between FamilySearch and several of the most important genealogical companies and websites allow Church members to extend their […]

  • How to Make the Most of Your Free Geneanet LDS Account
    You may already be familiar with FamilySearch: your family tree there, vast collections of records from around the world, and many other benefits. But did you know that as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you have access to additional family history resources at no extra cost? FamilySearch has partnered […]

  • How to Make the Most of Your American Ancestors Free LDS Account
    One of the best features of FamilySearch is that it is free. Beginner and professional researchers alike can take advantage of the site’s integrated tree, its billions of family history records, and its many other resources without ever paying a dime for it. But did you know that members of The Church of Jesus Christ […]