There probably isn’t a better time than now to begin discovering your own family history. With the tools that are available now, it’s easy to find information about your family and it’s fun.
Just 20 or 30 years ago, finding an ancestor took a lot work. The number of good family history websites were limited to just a few sites. The FamilySearch website was still in its infancy. For the most part, you were limited to finding names, dates and places. The tools were a bit clunky and the databases were comparatively small.
Today, it’s a whole new world for anyone who wants to get started finding their ancestors. Clearing names for temple works is so much easier, as well. Here are some of the new tools that have made doing your own family history fun and so much easier.
More Records: FamilySearch is one of the biggest genealogical websites on the internet. It has more than 3.2 billion records. With our partnership agreements, members of the Church can access more than 16 billion records! Every week several million new records are added to the FamilySearch database. You can use FamilySearch in the comfort of your own home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And what’s even better is that it cost you absolutely nothing to use the FamilySearch website. It’s completely free!
Great Search Features: FamilySearch has added some great new search features that make finding an ancestor easier than ever. Some of these features include Hinting, Record Search, checking for possible duplicate records and more. What used to take hours and sometimes days for you to do, the computer now does for you in a matter of seconds.
Photos: Family history is more than just names, places and dates. It’s also about seeing photographs of your own people. Everyone loves to see pictures of relatives, especially if you’ve never seen them before. When you see picture of a great grandparent and see that he or she looked a lot like you, the experience immediately draws you closer to that person.
FamilySearch allows you to add photographs of your ancestors in a matter of a few minutes. Once they have been added, they are available for others to see and enjoy. You may even find photographs your own ancestors that someone else has added and you never knew existed.
Stories: Stories are absolutely priceless. As we share our own personal stories and the stories of our ancestors with our children and save them for our descendants, we create a “Turning of the Heart” experience that is remarkably powerful. It is through these stories that we add to FamilySearch that we can share life lessons and help our posterity understand what their ancestors’ lives were really like. Adding your story to FamilySearch is quick and amazingly easy.
Partnerships: FamilySearch works closely with other family history research companies to make their resources available to members of the Church for free. This opens up billions of additional records for you to use to do your own research.
Easy Temple Submission Process: One of the primary purposes of doing family history work is to find and redeem our ancestors. Not long ago, clearing a name for the temple took months. With the advent of technology, the amount of time was dramatically reduced but it included many steps. Today, it’s amazingly fast and easy to clear names for temple work. Within a few minutes and a few clicks of the computer mouse, you can clear names to take to the temple or share with other family members anywhere in the world.
It’s never been easier and more fun finding your ancestors and taking their names to the temple. FamilySearch also has hundreds of videos and online classes to help you learn what you want to know about finding your ancestors. Your ward family history consultant can also be a great resource to help you get started.
So go to FamilySearch.org and begin discovering your own family history. It’s never been easier.