New Family History Discovery Experiences on

February 25, 2019  - by 

Your family history starts with you. Record your own stories and discover more about your loved ones with these new Discovery Experiences on

You are one of a kind—and your family’s stories are unique, too. FamilySearch now makes it easier than ever to get started with family history and connect with your past. Just start with yourself.

All About Me

Discover things you may not even know about yourself and your history with the All About Me discovery experience. Learn what your name means and where it comes from. Discover just how popular or unique your name is: how many people share it?

The all about me page.

With All About Me, you can see how the world has changed (or hasn’t) since you were born. Explore the top news stories for your birth year, learn what the latest technologies were, and even how much it cost to go to the movies. You can also click on another year and see how things were different when your parent, sibling, or a friend was born.

Record My Story

There’s something special about the sound of your own voice. It’s even more special when you’re telling your own stories.

Stories—memories, thoughts and feelings—are how we connect to each other. Use Record My Story on to capture and preserve your memories and your family’s stories. It’s easy! Choose from one of three options:

Story categories.

Not sure what to say? The Record My Story discovery experience can help! Look at different categories of questions and pick the one that sparks your interest most—or create your own topic.

When you record a short audio message or type your answer, your story will be saved under My Stories and in the Memories section of your Family Tree profile. Listen to it or download it whenever you like.

Picture My Heritage

This one is great fun! Put yourself in your ancestors’ shoes—or more accurately, in their clothing—with the Picture Your Heritage tool. When you use this tool, you’ll see a selection of different places your last name appears across the world in the FamilySearch Family Tree:

Male and female options.

Then you can choose your heritage. An interactive screen will appear and let you take a head shot with your device’s camera. You will appear in traditional dress, surrounded by fun facts about that place. (Bet you didn’t know that Scandinavians have been skiing for over 6000 years—and that Lego bricks were invented in Denmark!)

Learn more about yourself and your family—and share your stories—with these new family history discovery experiences. Try it now!

A woman using the picture my heritage tool.

Sunny Morton

Sunny Morton teaches personal and family history to worldwide audiences. She's a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine, past Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems, and the author of How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records (co-authored with Harold Henderson, CG); Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy; "Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites," and hundreds of articles. She has degrees in history and humanities from Brigham Young University. Read her work at

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    1. I like this because it triggers most memories about myself and family. I need all the energy I can get to record as much as I remember for the sake of my posterity

  1. At the Midwest Genealogical Library I found a page that held a great deal of information for me. I shared it with my email address figuring I would soon see it pop up in my inbox. Very disappointed when I experienced an email announcing the new information without a link to the info or a procedure to find, save and print it.