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Temple and Family History
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by Kathryn Grant “The artificial boundary line we so often place between missionary work and temple and family history work is being erased; this is one great work of salvation.” —Elder David A. Bednar
For decades Ancestry has been a leader in the family history arena. Today it is the largest commercial family history research site. With 20 billion records from 80 countries and 80 million family trees boasting 8 billion names, Ancestry has something to offer just about everyone. A partnership between Ancestry and FamilySearch allows members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to enjoy a free membership to the Ancestry site. Besides the extensive number of records, family tree names, and other resources, Ancestry also has many features that allow for seamless integration between Ancestry and FamilySearch, helping you more effectively find your ancestors. Full Story
People tracing their English and Irish roots have long known the value of FindMyPast, a research site with vast collections that cover those areas extensively. With 8 billion names, FindMyPast offers many resources and records that are not available anywhere else. Although the site focuses on English and Irish research, it is not limited to just those areas. It has a significant collection of records from the U.S. and other countries as well. Full Story
If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, your FamilySearch account now gives you access to resources and records far beyond the collections that FamilySearch has on its own. Partnerships formed between FamilySearch and several of the most important genealogical companies and websites allow Church members to extend their family trees even further. One of these valuable partnerships is with MyHeritage, which offers Church members a free, unlimited, PremiumPlus family membership. To sign up, visit the MyHeritage page on FamilySearch.org. Here are just a few of the resources offered by MyHeritage. Full Story
You may already be familiar with FamilySearch: your family tree there, vast collections of records from around the world, and many other benefits. But did you know that as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you have access to additional family history resources at no extra cost? FamilySearch has partnered with some of the largest online record collectors to make their resources available to you for free. Full Story
One of the best features of FamilySearch is that it is free. Beginner and professional researchers alike can take advantage of the site’s integrated tree, its billions of family history records, and its many other resources without ever paying a dime for it. But did you know that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with a FamilySearch account can also get free access to other genealogy sites? These sites are some of the most useful genealogy sites available, with records numbering in the billions to help you find more information about your ancestors. One of these valuable partner sites is American Ancestors. The partnership between this organization and FamilySearch has made more records available and made those records more searchable than ever. To set up your free account, visit the American Ancestors page on FamilySearch.org. Full Story
When the Family History Department surveyed hundreds of priesthood leaders about what they wanted to know to increase temple worship and family history work in their area, a common request was for better visibility into what was currently happening, as well as the ability to track progress over time. To answer this request, the Family History Department has created a new report called the Family History Activity Report (FHAR), available in Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR) on LDS.org, under the Reports tab. The FHAR gives a quick snapshot of what family history activities members have been engaging in and how that activity compares to previous years. Full Story
by Maddy Stutz Christmas Eve blanket forts and summertime puzzle building may not seem like the most meaningful of traditions, but in simple ways, these and other unique family traditions have brought me closer to the family that I adore, and I’m grateful for every loveable moment.
Nothing connects you with your ancestors like helping them receive sacred, essential temple ordinances. To help as many patrons have this experience as possible, FamilySearch periodically conducts automated searches to identify potential ancestor ordinances that appear to be ready to be performed in the temple. You may receive an email from FamilySearch that shares such an opportunity. You should take time to review these names, review the relationships and information for accuracy, and check for possible duplicates prior to submitting the names for temple work. Full Story