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, Logan, and Laura, who help their grandmother index 2,000 names every month. Full Story
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 need to learn about the places they came from. Full Story
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, FamilySearch has been digitizing these records and publishing them online for people to search and view from their own homes. Online collections have continued to grow, decreasing the need for microfilms. In fact, as of September 2017, you can no longer order microfilms or microfiche from FamilySearch.org, making the shift complete. Full Story
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 valuable record you can use to discover information about your family. Full Story
by Carolyn Tolman Genealogy is about families through the ages. Filling in our pedigree charts with names, dates, and places is very satisfying, but it is the stories and traditions of our ancestors that turn our hearts to them and help us feel we are part of something greater than our individual selves. For many […]
by Maddy Stutz Does your family give Christmas presents on December 25 or 5? Is June 24 just another day, or a holiday dedicated to dressing like a scarecrow?
The holidays are here, and every family has their own unique way to celebrate. Holiday traditions can be an important part of your family history, whether it’s a story that you tell every Christmas Eve, an old family recipe that’s prepared every December without fail, or a decoration that’s been passed down through generations. Full Story