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March 9, 2016

 Do you wish that you could come to the Family History Library in Salt Lake to attend classes and learn from the genealogical specialists on the Family History Library research teams? The specialists are coming to you! Each team has planned and prepared webinars and handouts to help you with your research. All you need to participate is a computer and an Internet connection.              


January 25, 2016

January is the time we set resolutions for the new year—make one of yours to Find a name, Take it to the temple, and Teach someone else to do the same.

There is a reason behind my challenge: There is so much good that comes when you experience the Spirit of Elijah for yourself first, before you work with others.

When you are able to find your own names to take to the Temple, your ever-growing testimony of this work will enable you to more effectively help others in their efforts to experience the same joy.



January 12, 2016

FamilySearch is headed towards another innovative year as it streamlines online accessibility and provides increased family discovery experiences. New developments in 2016 will focus on 5 areas.


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December 1, 2015

 You may be among the many members of the Church who have made a resolution this year to “do more family history.” Consider us at your personal family history trainer. Here are 7 simple exercises that will get you on your way to becoming a family history hero.




November 2, 2015


Contributors to FamilySearch Family Tree, particularly those that are new to it, often hesitate to make changes for fear of “messing things up.” A common change that can cause real angst is deleting an individual. A recent change to Family Tree should help ease this worry, and safeguard against the accidental or incorrect deletion of persons added by others. FamilySearch has made deletion open only to the user that added a particular person to the tree and if that person has no other contributors.  If you try to delete a person from the tree...

October 26, 2015


Several places in display a photo icon or thumbnail. It means you can see an image of the original document online if you click the icon.


Begining November 2, 2015, users of the FamilySearch Catalog viewing an indexed film with unrestricted images will be able to use this feature to  

1) jump to the indexed records on that film,

2) jump to a gallery of images from the film,

3) jump to microfilm ordering.


FamilySearch has a plan for the future that includes digitizing and publishing all the aviable microfilm in the Gran...

October 21, 2015

​October 8, 2015 By Lisa McBride

Thom Reed, a FamilySearch employee, was recently featured in Time Magazine, where he shared some of his own story about the challenges of finding records about ancestors who were slaves. He, along with many others who are in the African American community, are also turning their efforts to the Freedman Bureau community indexing project, which is opening a valuable new set of indexed records that will help people who are looking for their African American ancestors.  


Read more:  https://familysearch.or...

October 8, 2015


Fifteen years ago Apple was a beleaguered tech company. Today, it is a transformative leader across multiple industries (computers, smart phones, music, movies, wearable technology).  Robert Kehrer, senior product manager’s search experience believes FamilySearch is also undergoing a fundamental transformation. He knows because, as a manager at Apple for most of the last decade he participated in the change, and clearly sees the similarities. Kehrer was the keynote speaker at the BYU Family History Conference Thursday morn...

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