Ellis Island is famous for being the United States’ front door for receiving immigrants—but did you know millions of people had already come to the U.S. by the time Ellis Island opened in 1892? This history of Ellis Island can help you better understand your immigrant ancestors’ arrivals and how to find the evidence in […]
Did your immigrant ancestors land at Castle Garden or Ellis Island? Or did they arrive in New York before those facilities existed? The answer matters because it determines where you should look for them in records. Don’t worry—New York passenger lists for all those eras are available for free on FamilySearch. This history of Castle […]
by Jan Mayer Heart-touching scenes and shocking surprises were the norm for Relative Race Season Three, which began filming in Washington, DC. Producers BYUtv and Lenzworks had promised to change things up this season, and indeed they did.
More than 50,000 military dogs served in World War I. They proved just how valuable canines can be on the battlefield and beyond. Here is how their service in the Great War differed from what military dogs had done before. For centuries, dogs have protected their human companions. The Assyrian, Babylonian, and Roman armies all […]
Sergeant Stubby was one of the most famous World War I military dogs. His valiant service on the battlefields of France proved that war heroes can come in many shapes and sizes. Here’s his story—and how to start exploring the stories of WWI military heroes (albeit mostly human) in your own family history. A Stray […]
by Kayla Jackson Though the shortest month of the year, February is packed with opportunities to celebrate. On February 14, we show affection to our loved one by sending chocolates and gifts on Valentine’s Day. On the third Monday of the month, we celebrate the birth of George Washington and remember the sacrifice of all […]
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?
by Kathryn Grant Have you seen someone’s eyes light up when they add an ancestor to Family Tree? Have you felt the power of someone’s testimony about doing temple work for a loved one beyond the veil? These are some of the sweetest experiences of helping others with temple and family history work.