FamilySearch Launches New Page for Family History Beginners

March 2, 2021  - by 
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Have you ever wanted to do family history but didn’t know where to start? FamilySearch recently launched a beginner-friendly page to help!

The new Getting Started page provides a variety of simple family history activities and FamilySearch resources that both beginners and genealogy veterans can appreciate. These pages also show how family history is any activity that connects us to our family stories.

Whether you want to learn what FamilySearch already knows about your family, how to preserve family memories, or how to build your family tree or search records, the Getting Started page makes it easy to begin exploring your family story.

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You can also find the Getting Started page by going to the FamilySearch homepage, clicking the question mark icon in the top right corner of the page, and selecting Getting Started in the drop-down menu.

How to Use the Getting Started Page

The initial landing page shows cards that highlight ways you can start doing family history. Each card links to a how-to page that includes brief, beginner-friendly information about the activity and one or two tasks to help you get started.

For example, one of the getting started activities is “Save Family Memories.” To learn more about this activity, click the Save Family Memories card on the main Getting Started page. A page will open about preserving family memories. There, you can scroll down to view two easy step-by-step ways to begin uploading and saving memories.

Yes, it’s that easy!

So, what are you waiting for? Start exploring the unique ways you can learn more about your family story on the Getting Started page!

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  1. Thank you! I’ve also been hearing about a limited FS account for children 8+ years old — is that available now?

  2. Maybe the wrong place,but here goes. I can sign in but pages now will not open. I have no place to ask for help or how to contact there just not there now.I have upgraded my browser. Still nothing. Anything you can do is helpful.

    1. Hi Carole! Thank you for your feedback. Please contact Family History Customer Service: 1-866-406-1830

  3. How come this does not mention you need an account to get started? Amy Archibald, I am really tired of all this “you-need-to-have-an-account” stuff. Please talk to FamilySearch about making it available to everyone without accounts! 🙂