by Sydny Terry The Higgs family crowds around the biggest window in the living room, the smell of barbeque wafting through the air. There are about 36 papers taped to the window in six categories, and under each category are numbers: 100, 200, 300, and so on, much like a board from the classic game […]
Photos and Stories
Be inspired to discover, preserve, and share photos, stories, videos, heirlooms, and other memories from you and your ancestors' past.
by Rachel Coleman Why do family stories matter? They directly impact how we see ourselves, our ability to succeed, and even our level of resiliency.
Early pioneers are an important part of our personal stories and family history. Whether your great-grandfather traveled with a handcart company or you yourself are an immigrant, pioneers pave the way for the generations to come. Pioneer stories open a window to the past, revealing people not so different from ourselves. Full Story
“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 kitchen is often called the heart and soul of the home. It’s where meals and memories are made, where families and friends gather, where traditions are born, and where stories are told and retold. Full Story
Historical records tell stories about our ancestors, stories we might not learn in any other way. Census records, vital records, military records, and more all open doors to the past. We learn about our families’ daily lives and important events, their challenges and joys. Historical records can also help us find family members we didn’t know about. Full Story
Many of the most meaningful and important moments in our lives can be recognized only in hindsight, like that chance meeting that eventually led to an engagement ring, that one classroom lesson that started you on a lifelong career path, or the random recipe you tried one night that turned into a long-standing family tradition. Full Story
by Logan Metcalfe Organizing and digitizing old boxes of photos is one of those jobs that most of us can do but that we seem never to get around to. Kind of like cleaning out our closets, it’s always something for another day. The key to digitizing your old memories is visualizing the benefits and […]
Preservation pays off—read stories of family discoveries people have made due to the preservation efforts of others. Piles of old documents sitting around in the attic. Old family keepsakes gathering dust. Each piece of your family’s past has a story to tell, but unfortunately, these stories can be forgotten or lost if steps aren’t taken […]