New Feature Makes It Easy to Collaborate and Share Ordinances with Family Groups

FamilySearch has a new feature that allows you to share temple ordinances with your family.

With the new family groups feature, you can easily share ordinances with family groups and collaborate with your relatives on temple and family history work.

In a family group, you can:

  • Send messages to all group members at once. 
  • Share your reserved ordinances with the group.  

Let’s take a closer look at this new feature and how you can use it to enhance your temple and family history work.

How to Find the New Family Groups Feature

Family groups are available on both the FamilySearch website and the Family Tree mobile app.


Click your name in the top right corner of the page, and then click Family Groups.

In the top right corner of the screen, click on your name and then click Family Groups to get to the family groups feature.

Apple iOS Mobile App

Tap More in the bottom right corner of the screen and then Family Groups.

In the bottom right of the screen, tap more and then Family Groups to get to family groups feature on the iOS mobile app.

Android Mobile App

Tap the menu button and then Family Groups.

To access family groups in the Android app, click on the menu button in the top left corner.

How to Create a Family Group

Currently, each FamilySearch user can create or join up to 10 total groups. You can create one and then invite your family to participate by following the steps below.

  1. Open the family groups feature, as described previously.  
  2. Select Create Group
    Screenshot of the create group button to create a family group.
  3. Fill out the required information. You must give your group a name. A description and photo are optional. 

How to Invite Others to Join the Family Group

With your group created, you can now invite other FamilySearch users to join your group.

On the website, you can invite people by email, so you will need the email address of each person you want to invite.

On a mobile device, you can send the invitation by email, messaging, or any of the other options available on your device.

To join the group, the recipients open the email or message, click the link in the message, sign in to FamilySearch, and accept the invitation.

Then you, as the group administrator, go into the group and approve each new member.

How to Share Ordinances with a Family Group

Once your group is created, you can begin sharing ordinances that you have reserved with the group.

How to share a reservation with family group on web. Click Share and then Share with Group.

How to share reservation with gamily group on the app. Click Share and then Share with Group.

Other group members can then choose the ordinances they plan to do during their next temple visit. The original person who reserved the ordinances can still see the names on their list and monitor completion on their own temple list—through temple notifications—and in their completed ordinances list.

By sharing ordinances to family groups, you get help performing ordinances without having to print, manage, and hand out cards.

How Family Groups Affect Ordinances Ready

Many of your relatives may prefer to use Ordinances Ready to print their cards. For group members, Ordinances Ready now pulls names from the family group in addition to all of the other places it searches.

How to Send Messages to a Family Group

All members of a family group can easily send FamilySearch messages to each other simultaneously. This enables easier collaboration about all types of family history work.

Screenshot of the message group button on the app.

All FamilySearch users can be group members and benefit from this easier communication, regardless of Church membership.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many family groups can I join?
How many people can be in a family group?
Who can create and join family groups?
How does group administration work?
Can group members share Family Tree private spaces?
Can group members see or share private memories?
How many ordinances can be shared with a family group?
Can people outside of the family group reserve the ordinances I share with a family group?
If I share names with a family group, can I still see them on my reservation list?
Can ordinances be shared with the temple and a family group at the same time?
How will expiration dates work in shared family groups?
How do names shared with family groups affect Ordinances Ready?

Create Your Own Family Group

Using family groups, you will be able to connect to your family in new and easier ways. So what are you waiting for? Create your family group, and start collaborating with your family today!

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