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  • How Has a Marriage Record Helped You?
    Marriage is one of life’s most meaningful events. It marks the beginning of a new family and the blending of two extended families and their unique traditions. A marriage can also bring with it a collection of hallowed family stories, learned and shared just as the new couple is beginning to make new ones. But, […]

  • Celebrate Women of the Relief Society
    March 17, 2017, marked the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Relief Society. At that first meeting, Emma Smith said, “We are going to do something extraordinary” (in Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society [2011], 14). And she was right. Today, Relief Society sisters all over the world are positively […]

  • How to Use FamilySearch’s Mobile Apps
    With FamilySearch’s two mobile apps (the FamilySearch Tree app and the Memories app), you can take your family history with you anywhere you take your phone! This makes it more convenient than ever to fit a few little family history tasks into even the busiest schedules. The first step, if you haven’t used FamilySearch before, […]

  • Creating Traditions That Make Family Memories
    by Cora Foley When you were young, family traditions probably seemed like something that happened naturally—and for you as a child, they probably did. Since you most likely were not involved in planning and carrying out these events year after year, the effort needed to create these traditions may not have been obvious to you. […]

  • How to Add Sources
    Since Family Tree is a collaborative tree and we all share the same ancestors, it’s important to verify the information you enter and provide sources to show others where your information came from. On FamilySearch’s Family Tree, now it’s easy to attach actual images of the sources. Here are the most common scenarios and some […]

  • How to Search the FamilySearch Site
    FamilySearch is bursting at the seams with great records—some of which almost certainly have new information about your family. Their digitized collections from across the world include church, vital, census, land, probate, military, and immigration records as well as many other types of records and histories that can help you uncover your family tree. How […]

  • What’s New on FamilySearch—February 2017
    Each month, FamilySearch publishes a list of new changes and updates to the website. This list includes changes to Family Tree as well as other parts of In some cases, these changes will also be published as individual articles where the need to do so exists.         Recently Released Search […]

  • BYUtv’s Relative Race Returns March 5
    Contestants racing up their family trees is the premise of BYUtv’s award-winning reality series, “Relative Race,” which premieres its second season Sunday, March 5, at 7 p.m. (MST). The show, which has been described as The Amazing Race meets genealogy, combines humor and drama in a couples competition as each couple sprints across the United […]

  • 7 FamilySearch Record Collections You Shouldn’t Miss
    The wealth of records on FamilySearch is constantly growing—sometimes so quickly that even experienced researchers aren’t aware of everything that’s available. There’s no way one article could cover all of FamilySearch’s record collections. Instead, I’ve chosen to highlight a few of the most exciting collections: some are newly released and growing collections, and some are […]

  • It’s Complicated: Unique Relationships in Historical Records
    Relationships can be complicated. Everyone knows that. There are many songs, movies, and plays out there detailing the tangles and twists of relationships, each with their own dose of dramatic flair. And despite what anyone might say about life being simpler in the good old days, complicated relationships are nothing new—as demonstrated by Shakespeare’s Romeo […]