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  • New Records and Resources to Discover Your Dutch Ancestors
    If you’re looking for ancestors from your Dutch heritage, you’re in luck! FamilySearch has recently published millions of records (51 million to be exact) from the Netherlands, making it easier than ever to trace your Dutch roots. These new records have increased FamilySearch’s collection of Dutch names from 4,074,736 to over 55 million. If you’ve […]

  • 51 Million New Dutch Records Now Available on FamilySearch
    Do you have ancestors from the Netherlands? If so, an incredible resource is now available to increase your chances of success in your family history research. New records that can help you find your Dutch ancestors are searchable on for the first time ever in the “Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records” collection. These new […]

  • How to Use Dutch Records on FamilySearch
    by Yvette Hoitink In the Netherlands, historical records are kept in public archives. Increasingly, archives are digitizing and indexing these records, and then publishing the resulting scans and indexes online as open data that is free for reuse. FamilySearch collaborates with the archives to provide online access to the most popular records, in collections or […]

  • Training, Inspiration Available at RootsTech 2018
    Are you getting ready for RootsTech? Each year tens of thousands of family history fans descend on the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the world’s largest family history conference. Hosted annually by the Family History Department (aka FamilySearch), RootsTech has become the premiere family history event for both the general […]

  • Using Apprenticeship Records to Trace Your Ancestors from the United States to England
    by Kate Eakman Tracing your ancestor’s journey from England to the United States during colonial times can be difficult. Passenger lists from that period weren’t as detailed as modern ones, which can often help you determine the identity of the family they left behind, places of birth, and family members or friends who had already […]

  • Even with Technology, Family History Is “a Spiritual Work”
    by Kathryn Grant In an April 2017 General Conference talk, President Henry B. Eyring spoke of Elijah’s visit to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the Kirtland Temple in 1836 (see D&C 110:13–16). Since that visit, President Eyring observed, “interest in exploring one’s family history has grown exponentially. At ever-increasing rates, people seem drawn to their […]

  • Technology: A Heart-Turning Tool
    by Kathryn Grant Vilate Kimball was present when the Prophet Joseph Smith first taught the Saints about baptism for the dead. She wrote joyfully to her husband, Heber C. Kimball, who was then serving a mission: “President [Joseph] Smith . . . says it is the privilege of [members of] this Church to be baptized for all their […]

  • Fortify Your Home
      Family history can be a powerful defense for families in today’s troubled world. Church leaders have promised numerous blessings to those who participate in this work, including more closeness and joy in your family, increased knowledge and faith, and divine protection throughout your lives. If you’re looking for ways to fortify your home through […]

  • Fortify Your Home: Gather with a Purpose
    Have a Desire to Help Many of us want to be more involved in family history, but feel that we lack the time, experience, or tools to be successful. What we may not realize, however, is that our desire is all we really need to get started. Sister Wendy Watson Nelson said that “the Lord […]

  • Fortify Your Home: Share Food Traditions
    Elder Dale G. Renlund described the healing power of family history in his 2016 RootsTech presentation. He promised that those who participate in family history and temple work will find “personal power—power to change, power to repent, power to learn, power to be sanctified, and power to turn the hearts of your family members to […]