“Every family has keepsakes,” said Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander in an April 1999 general conference address. “Families collect furniture, books, porcelain, and other valuable things, then pass them on to their posterity. Such beautiful keepsakes remind us of loved ones now gone and turn our minds to loved ones unborn. They form a bridge between family past and family future” (“Bridges and Eternal Keepsakes,” Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander, Ensign, May 1999). Full Story
The history of many countries—including the United States and Canada—is filled with stories of immigrants, which, for many of us, means that our individual family histories are also filled with them. Your immigrant ancestors might have come from Italy a couple of generations ago or from England a few centuries ago—or you might even have both of those varieties of immigrants on your family tree. While the specifics of our immigrant ancestors may look different, the existence of immigrant branches on our family trees is something most of us have in common. Full Story
Although stories of ancestors stowing away on ships are dramatic and exciting, they are almost never true. In reality, immigration came with a lot of red tape—just as it does now. And for a genealogist, that red tape is useful because it often left behind a trail of records as our ancestors went through the immigration process. Full Story
by Katy Barnes Immigration, always a hot topic in the United States, has been a common part of the historical and political discourse since the founding of the nation, largely because immigrants make up such an enormous part of our history and heritage as Americans.
by Stephen C. Young As a young man in 1979, I was still living in my hometown of London, Ontario, and it was then that I first cut my teeth on genealogical research. Though tentative, the curiosity to know more about my family history motivated me to enlist the help of my father to take […]
Family history is a great way to bring your loved ones together as you celebrate and explore your common roots. There are lots of great activities you can use to fill your family gatherings with family history fun! If you’re looking for a creative and engaging way to make your ancestors a part of your family reunions or parties, check out these family history activities, and plan a time to put them into action this summer or at any time during the year. Full Story
As a temple and family history consultant, you know that genealogical records are valuable resources to help you prepare and deliver personalized lesson plans that create joyful family history experiences for those you serve. Today you may be using online indexed records, partner access, and microfilm to help people you are working with find their ancestors, prepare their names for temple ordinances, and share their love for their ancestors with others. Full Story