Simple Start to Family History

September 28, 2016  - by 

Try one of these 6 simple activities to get your family history started

You want to do family history. You really do. But perhaps you aren’t sure how to start or don’t know if you have time to figure it all out.

What if you could easily weave some simple family history tasks into your busy life? We’ve chosen a few here to highlight, including instructions and links. So get rid of the guilt, and try one—or several—of these quick, fun tasks and have a meaningful family history experience right away!

Family History Simple Start: Start Your Family Tree
Family History Simple Start: Explore Your Heritage
Family History Simple Start: Discover New Apps
Family History Simple Start: Hints: See What FamilySearch Found
Family History Simple Start: Add a Photo or Audio Story
Family History Simple Start: Find Temple Names

For additional resources on these and many other topics, please visit the online Help Center.


Leslie Albrecht Huber

Leslie Albrecht Huber has written for dozens of magazines and journals on genealogy and other topics. She currently does communications consulting and contract work for nonprofit organizations. Leslie received a bachelor's degree in history from Brigham Young University and a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked as a professional genealogist, helpingothers trace their families, and has spoken on genealogy and history topics to groups across the United States.

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  1. I am a family history consultant and I need help on an item. I am helping an adult individual with no computer or phone so no access to FamilySearch. I believe that I should not enter/change/delete any of his information in his
    family tree and He is not in that tree. He is not a current subscriber to FamilySearch. What should I do, and how.

    1. Hi Rodney! Thank you for your question. You can have this member come to your home or another place that has a computer (library, etc). You can help them create their own FamilySearch account and help them add their relatives, etc.

  2. i have had people request i enable to see how we are related ,i looked and it has a check mark saying relationship viewing…could you let me know,thankyou.

  3. I’m doing research for an individual who has Canadian ancestors who became trappers for the Hudson Bay Company during the 1768-1837 period. In Catholic Church records for the early Oregon period the names of the women they married were recorded with a christian given name, with the tribe they were from used as their surname. How does one properly record them in FamilySearch?

    1. Hi Marc! Thank you for your question. Please check out this Help Center article for more information and instructions: How should I enter names in Family Tree?
      I would probably use their Christian given name as their first name and their tribe as their surname. Check out the article above and see if there is any other information to help you.

  4. Need to print a blank family group sheet for a member to fill out as no access to internet in their home. (for them to fill it out before inter into a computer or cell phone.}