The most complete family histories draw on a wide variety of resources. Documents and records provide important basic facts, while photos paint a fuller, more in-depth picture of ancestors. Oral histories add another invaluable layer with stories, personalities, and details that bring your ancestors to life. And with FamilySearch’s Family Tree and Memories apps, making audio recordings part of your family history has never been easier. Full Story
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by Annie Merrell Have you ever made it to the end of the day and wondered, “Where did all my time go?” Does family history frequently get pushed down on your to do list? Are you looking for simple ways to connect with your past and dive into the fun of family history? If you […]
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
Planning a successful family reunion can be overwhelming—you can almost imagine yourself drowning in all the details and decisions. Before you get too distressed, it makes sense to ask: what will make your family reunion successful? Although everyone has a different picture of the ideal event in their mind, most would agree that a successful reunion brings family together and allows them to reconnect, share stories and experiences, and strengthen their understanding and love of their heritage. Full Story
by Ben Robison Photographs play an important role in preserving family stories. Where are you keeping yours?
by Logan Metcalfe If you have boxes full of old photos, you’re not alone—billions of lonely family photos gather dust in closets and attics around the world. Even those of us too young to remember when a “camera roll” meant around 30 shots of film will soon inherit piles of printed photos from our parents.
by Thomas Watson A General Guide to Converting Your Tapes into Digital Files You’ve gone through storage boxes and stumbled across a massive collection of home videos. You may not remember what’s on them, and a fine film of dust covers the surface. As you read the labels, a flood of nostalgia excites you, […]
It might be exciting to find your great-grandmother in FamilySearch Family Tree. But what about finding her four times—each record with a little different information?