Connect While Social Distancing: Join the FamilySearch Live Community

May 19, 2020  - by 

“We wish you peace and joy as you connect with those closest to you. We remain committed to helping you discover your story.” —Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch CEO

We at FamilySearch are excited to share an upcoming new live social media series. This series will be an opportunity for the family history community to connect virtually and interact while many are practicing social distancing, quarantining, or even self-isolating.

Event Schedule

Instagram live events are scheduled for each Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. mountain time. A Facebook live event will happen each Wednesday at the 4:00 p.m. (also mountain time) while we endure the social limitations relating to COVID-19.

You can learn more about the week’s topics and guests below.

FamilySearch Instagram Live

When: Tuesday, June 2, at 11 a.m. (mountain time)

Topic: Strength through Journaling

Who: Amy Miles

FamilySearch Facebook Live

When: Wednesday, June 3, at 4 p.m. (mountain time)

Topic: Commonly Asked Research Questions

Who: Geoffrey Fröberg Morris

FamilySearch Instagram Live—Youth

When: Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. (mountain time)

Topic: Meeting Family for the First Time on Relative Race

Who: Kaitlyn Ward and Joe and Jerica Jones

FamilySearch Instagram Live

When: Thursday, June 4, at 11 p.m. (mountain time)

Topic: Getting Started

Who: Gregg Richardson

Past Live Events

If you haven’t had a chance to watch past live events but want to, check out our YouTube playlist featuring some of the social lives. You can also watch a couple of the past live events below!

Why a Social Media Series?

“Our stories matter. They are one of the richest parts of family history. Sharing these stories can provide comfort to us and to future generations as they face their own struggles.” —Steve Rockwood

Family history is for everyone, every day. It is just as important for us to take part fully in recording our stories as it is to discover those people who came before us. This evolving series is meant to help you do both of those things.

What Will the Series Include?

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The series will include questions and answers, beginner how-tos, record helps, FamilySearch and Family Tree app tips, family stories, and more! We hope that in creating this series, we will be able to help you find quick ways to stay involved with family history without adding any burden.

We want to point out ways that you are already succeeding and give a few tips along the way that can help you make the most of this unprecedented time. We hope to help you find new ways to record YOUR story, find inspiring stories of others in your family tree, and share inspiring and encouraging messages along the way.

How Can I Participate?

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Follow us on Instagram @FamilySearch and on Facebook ( to receive notifications and reminders. Share your thoughts and experience with the series by using the hashtag #FamilySearchLive when you post!

Also, be sure to let us know in the comments how we can help you during this time. We would especially like to hear your responses to these sorts of questions: 

●      We are here to support you. What questions do you have for us?

●      How can we help you while you are home?

●      What would you like to learn during this unprecedented time?

●      What questions do you have about the Family Tree or Memories apps?

How to View an Instagram Live

To view the Instagram Live, follow these steps.

On mobile: 

  1. Open the Instagram app and go to the FamilySearch page. You can find the FamilySearch page by clicking on the magnifying glass icon (bottom-left corner) and typing “FamilySearch” into the search bar that appears.
  2. Once at the FamilySearch page, click on the FamilySearch profile picture in the top-left corner to view current or past Instagram Lives for up to 24 hours after the stream. (If given the option to view the story or live, select live.)
  3. Alternatively, you can view current or past Instagram Lives by tapping on the IGTV icon (a square TV with a squiggle through the center), which you can find below the profile description and above the Instagram feed.
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On Desktop:

(Note: You can only view live Instagram streams on the mobile app, but the recordings will be uploaded and available via desktop. To access them, follow the instructions below.)

  1. Go to and then use the search-bar at the top of the screen to go to the FamilySearch page.
  2. Similar to mobile, either click on the profile picture or select the IGTV icon to watch past Instagram Lives.

How to View a Facebook Live

There are a few different ways to access a Facebook Live event.

The easiest way is to go to From there, you can view all previous FamilySearch Live events, including any that are currently live.

If you’re following the FamilySearch page on Facebook, you can also access live events your Facebook timeline. Live videos often show up as one of the posts on the timeline. Facebook may also send you a notification reminder when FamilySearch goes live. You can view the video by clicking on that notification. 

You can also navigate to the live video by clicking the Watch section on the left hand side of the FamilySearch Facebook page‘s screen, and then selecting Live.

We hope to grow along with you in innovative ways as we discover, gather, and connect wherever we may be. We are grateful for the technology we have that makes such discoveries and connections possible in almost every circumstance. 

Don’t forget to share your experience with the live streams in the comments below!

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  1. I would love to do family history but am unsure really how to get started. I’d love to find out if there are tutorials out there or online help.

  2. I’m 85, and new to Instagram, and also anything Family Search does live. It takes me awhile to learn how to use these new things—such as watching something live. Thank you for any help you can give us “old folks” who love Family History!

  3. I’m 85, and new to Instagram, and also anything Family Search does live. It takes me awhile to learn how to use these new things—such as watching something live. Thank you for any help you can give us “old folks” who love Family History! I did figure it out, after it was in progress.

  4. Looking for Johann and Willemina Manthey wedding day some time around 1843. They had their first child in 1843.They went to a church in Golancz,Prussia.They are not on the wedding part of the film.I have looked in Schubin also.

  5. Thank you! This is a great opportunity for me. Thank you for the clear instructions on how to watch the live streams! I am working on putting pictures into the memories of my mothers account and mine. My mother is still alive. First question: Is it best to add her pictures from my account or log into her account and add them? #2 How can I organize the pictures from youngest to oldest? #3 Sometimes I can “name” the picture and put it into a folder and other times I can just name them. What am I doing wrong? #4 How do I connect all the documents and pictures to my siblings?

  6. Hello, some years ago I transcribed Cape Town, South Africa bmd records, 1806-1839 from your films of the originals. Would you like me to send them to you? Best wishes, Charlie Fison.

  7. Hello, I’m Raymonde I’m working for the church at the Tahiti Temple. I’m wondering about the process of sharing names for the temple to do it. How long would it take to get those names done? Does the system have a delay to do it? If the names couldn’t be accomplished because over the delay what would happen to those names?

  8. I have been doing research off and on, my family is from Puerto Rico (and Spain). It is very frustrating because I hit wall after wall on top of the COVID! Need help!