Discover Fun Facts about Yourself

October 14, 2019  - by 

Most of us know what it’s like to scramble for something interesting to say when someone asks the classic question, “Tell me something about yourself.” It’s similar to the feeling when you’re asked to share a fun fact about yourself on the first day of school or at a new job.

Thankfully, there’s a quick way to discover fascinating information about yourself. Our All About Me feature can tell you everything from the meaning and frequency of your name, to the cost of gas when you were born, to the most popular music when you were 8.

These facts put your life in context, and context brings your story to life. Discover your unique story.

Start by logging into FamilySearch.org, or, if you don’t have an account, get started by simply entering your name, what country you are from, and when you were born.

Everything You Ever Needed to Know about Your Name

Did you know that Shakespeare was the first to use the name “Jessica”? I didn’t—not until All About Me, that is. There, you can learn the following information about your first, middle, and last names:

  • Places in the world your name is commonly found
  • Number of people who share your name
  • Meaning of your name
Screenshot of Olsen in the United States

If you are logged into FamilySearch.org and you’ve entered the names of your family into your tree, you can see how common their names are or what part of the world they come from by selecting your family member’s name from a list below the experience.

screenshot of fun facts about your grandparents, like their last name

How Has the World Changed Since You Were Born?

Quiz yourself on the difference between the world’s population when you were born and now. Hint: There’s likely a billion-person difference between now and then.

Fun quiz screenshot of world population when born
Screenshot of prompt to enter birthday

You can also see how many people lived on the earth when a relative, such as your father or grandmother, was born. If you don’t have that person’s date of birth yet in your family tree, All About Me will prompt you to enter a birthday for the person so it can calculate the population.

Another fun game you can play is comparing the price of items—such as a movie ticket or postage stamp—now, when you were born, and when your parents and grandparents were born.

Music, Popular Culture, and Sports

Here’s an idea for your next birthday—watch the movie that won best picture, or listen to the most popular song from the year you were born.

Know how you can find out what those were? You guessed it. All About Me can tell you such things as the top grossing film, the album of the year, sports trivia such as the Grand Slam winner and World Series winner from the year you were born.

Fun facts about the year you were born - screenshot of popular music when you were born

The feature can also give the same information for the years you turned 8, 16, and older, so you can nostalgically listen to some of the most popular songs on the radio from when you were a young.

You can also connect with family members who came before you by seeing what shows, music, and sports they were experiencing when they were growing up. What better way to honor Grandma and Grandpa on their birthdays than trying to experience the world they grew up in?

Learn More about Your Family

Though you can compare your name and facts with your family’s throughout each experience, you can also focus specifically on a member of your family by changing the page settings to that person’s name.

Change the settings by clicking the black button in the top-right corner that says View a Different Year. From there, you can choose a family member from your tree, and learn more about that person’s life and past.

All About Me puts your family’s life in a larger context, and you might be surprised by what you discover.

Learn All about You

FamilySearch’s All About Me feature can help you get to know yourself and connect with others—especially family—in a meaningful way.

All you have to do is sign up for a FamilySearch account (which is absolutely FREE), and enter some basic information such as your name and when you were born. Then you are set to learn all sorts of cool things about yourself!

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  1. I just love this tool. It is very helpful in my family knowing more about each one. Congrats on such a great feature of FamilySearch!

  2. Esto es interesante y práctico, para tener mas datos históricos, que uno en parte desconoce. Gracias.

    Translation:
    This is interesting and practical, to have more historical data, which one in part does not know. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for this article, I have read it a couple of times and cannot find how to get to thee All About me page without following the link in the article, please help.

    1. Mark, good question! Sign in to your FamilySearch account and on the homepage in the top right corner there will be a section that says “Family History Activities” with a button to check them out. The “All About Me” page is one of those activities.

    1. On your homepage in the top right corner there is a section that says “Family History Activities” and it has the option to check them out. Click on that button and it will take you to a menu where you will see the “All About Me” activity. Good luck!

  4. I can find FAKE HISTORY about me in LDS records. In 1961 I was returning from England by ship and one of our ports of call was Wellington in New Zealand. Despite my name occurring on a PASSENGER LIST, the information says this was an IMMIGRATION EVENT. Sad to think that all the passengers on that list will be recorded as migrating to New Zealand. And I have to presume that every other passenger list has been falsely recorded as migrating. Where is the Quality Control to see that Fake History is not generated to mislead researchers.

  5. Me encantó ésta nueva herramienta muchas gracias por su grandioso labor,es genial!!!

    Translation: I loved this new tool thank you very much for your great work, it’s great!!!