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Introduction[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has developed various activities that we offer to groups as they visit the library. Please feel free to "mix and match" your activities to customize them to your group and the amount of time you have to spend with us. The activities that we offer fall under the following categories:

Group Activities

To understand how to "mix and match," here are several examples:

1) Scenario: You would like to bring a youth group to the library.

Mix and match ideas
1. Library orientation video (9 minutes) with Scaventer Hunt (group activity, 45 minutes)
2. Indexing instruction (15 minutes) with the hands-on indexing learning activity (30 minutes)
3. Introduction to (15 minutes) and with their LDS log-in, they search for their ancestors (45 minutes)
4. Group activity "Super Heroes" to learn (20-45 minutes) ending with Elder Bednar's video.

2) Scenario: You have a genealogy society group coming to the library.

Mix and match ideas
1. Library orientation video (9 minutes) with a Question and Answer session (15 minutes)
2. Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog (15 minutes) and the website (15 minutes)
3. Introduction to the FamilySearch desktop (15 minutes) with the Granite Mountain Vault video (5 minutes)

3) Scenario: You would like to bring your family to introduce them to family history.

Mix and match ideas
1.Scavenger Hunt (45 minutes)
2.Celebration of Family History videos (5-23 minutes) and printing your Fan chart, requires LDS account (10 minutes)
3. Introduction to the Family Tree (15 minutes) and research your family on the computer (45 minutes)

Remember, these are only suggestions. You are free to customize your visit to accomplish what you desire.

To request a group visit, please click on the Visiting Group Registration Form at the bottom of the link.

Research[edit | edit source]

15 minute introductions to the following topics:

  • FamilySearch desktop
  • website
  • Family History Library Catalog
  • Indexing
  • Family Tree
  • Ancestry

Indexing[edit | edit source]

Hands-on indexing activity that can be done on any computer in the library. It teaches how to index records with FamilySearch Indexing.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Celebration of Family History Videos
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Clan McCloud
Bagpipes? Why would you want to play the bagpipes? This video shows how a young boy's desire to play the bagpipes changed the way his family looked at their heritage! (5 minutes)
Woven Generations
Have you ever had to do hard things? The story of a young woman as she immigrates to America and the feelings of her mother as she watches her leave. A ball of yarn is used to symbolize how picking up the threads of generations tie us to the past. (2 minutes)
Searching for Emma
Learn about Emma Lyons, a young woman who contracted leprosy and was forced to leave her family on Christmas day to live in a leper colony. Her story of courage and faith will inspire all to move forward in adversity. (5 minutes)
Letters From Estonia
A family researcher traces the line of her grandfather, who left Estonia at the time of war, and starts corresponding with cousins in Estonia. She finally is able to visit Estonia and meet her relatives in person. (6 minutes)
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
Have you ever wondered how a song was written? This is the story of the inspired writing of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. (6 minutes)
Celebration of Family History
This video is a compilation of all the above videos shown together.

Research and Records [edit | edit source]

Archives to Save Records
Natural disasters are devastating for priceless genealogical records. After a massive cyclose his Nuie Island, near New Zealand, FamilySearch was able to give copies of countless records to the islanders. (5 minutes)
Tour of the Archives
Where does FamilySearch store all of their records? Learn about the Granite Mountain Records Vault, a massive storage facility used for maintaining and storing genealogical records. Get a glimpse of a place that not only holds the equivalent of seventy Libraries of Congress, but is one of the most secure places in the world. (5 minutes)
Indexing and Digitizing
Ever wondered what happens after you index a record? Want to learn what indexing is? Now you can do both, as well as learn about the importance of indexing and arbitration. (6 minutes)

Family History Library Specific
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This video is an orientation to the Family History Library. It introduces you to all the floors of the library and the resources we have here.(9 minutes)

Scavenger Hunt
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The Family History Library staff has developed scavenger hunts that are availabe for youth and families to get to know the resources in the library. The scavenger hunt is designed for a small group (2-4 people). Answers to the questions will be found on all five floors of the library. (about 45 minutes)

Group Activities[edit | edit source]

All of the group activities are interactive, and held in a computer lab. Each person will be working on his own computer. We have two computer labs, one with 23 computers and another one with 30 computers.

Super Heroes [edit | edit source]

Do you like super heroes? How about learning more about your ancestors? This activity will teach you about both, with you looking up real people on that have the names of famour super heroes!

Pioneers[edit | edit source]

Want to follow the Mormon pioneers on their trek across the United States? Here are questions that not only teach you how to use, but have a common thread that you must find.

National Parks[edit | edit source]

Similar to Pioneers, this activity is centered on teach you how to do family history online. Remember to look for the thread!

12 Pens[edit | edit source]

An activity that is set more for young adults and above, this activity will help you look for twelve operatives that are doing their best to cover their trail. You will be looking for clues and pieces in order to complete the whole puzzle.

Cartoons[edit | edit source]

With the young kids in mind, this activity will have them giggling with delight as they look for their favorite Disney characters and others in a fun, interactive session about family history.

Are You Smarter?[edit | edit source]

We all know about Jeff Foxworthy, right? Well then, prepare to do family history and go back to your elementary school the same time!

Familysearching[edit | edit source]

This activity, themed for teenagers and young adults, will rock your world as you look for famous people from all walks of life and history using Players, dig this, when this is finished, you'll all be a family history whiz!

Heroes and Villains
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Ever wanted to find the good guys and bad guys? Well, you won't be able to in this activity, but you will find real, dead people that have the same name as these comic and cartoon characters.

Kids FamilySearch
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Want the infants and toddlers to have some family history fun, but not sure how? Your solution is finally here! This simple activity was created with the young'uns in mind. They have to find our the basics of family history!

Websites[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch websites for youth and family history[edit | edit source]

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