I Can Do Family History!

Hi! My name is Mary. I love doing family history. I have lots of ancestors from England and other parts of Europe. One of my ancestors was the king of Sweden!

A Family Activity

My older brother and sister are 12 and 13, and we love working together to find names for them to take to the temple. My sister is a youth temple and family history consultant. She has helped me learn a lot about FamilySearch.org. Sometimes I help her with indexing. It’s a great activity to do together on Sundays.

Finding New Names

Even though my family has worked on our family history for years, I can always find more names of ancestors who need to have temple ordinances done. I use FamilySearch.org at my home or at the family history library. There are family history centers all over the world. There’s probably even one close to you!

Learning about Their Lives

Each week this summer, we asked our grandparents and great-grandma to answer a question about their lives. (There’s a list of 52 questions on FamilySearch.org.) I love learning more about my grandparents when they were my age.

An Apostle’s Promise

I love the promise Elder Bednar made to the youth about doing family history. He said, “I promise you will be protected against the intensifying influence of the adversary. As you participate in and love this holy work, you will be safeguarded in your youth and throughout your lives.”*

Mary’s Tips for Showing Love

  • Ask your grandma or grandpa to tell a story of when they were your age.

  • Spend lots of time with the people you love—especially your family. Get to know them better.

  • Keep a journal to share with your grandchildren someday.

Show References

  • “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” Ensign, Nov. 2011, 27.