Three Fun Ways to Start Family History

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    Want to feel part of something greater than yourself? Here are three fun ways to get started on family history and three tools you can use to do it.

    1. Learn family stories

    Family history is more than just names and dates—it’s stories about your family. Learn your family members’ stories by interviewing living relatives, such as parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. The more you learn about your family, the more you learn about yourself.

    2. Record family stories

    As you talk to family members, capture their stories. You can use FamilySearch.org or the FamilySearch Memories app to upload photos, audio files, written stories, and more.

    3. Find family names to take to the temple

    Taking family names to the temple is a great way to make temple worship even more meaningful. You can use the descendancy view at FamilySearch.org to find ancestors who need to have their temple work done.

    Make a goal to choose one of these ways to start family history work, and experience the joy that comes from turning “the heart of the children to their fathers” (see Malachi 4:5-6).

    Still stuck? Visit FamilySearch.org for more ideas, tips, and tools.

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    Find out what happened to three teens who tried these ideas.

    Russell M. Nelson

    “When our hearts turn to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves.”

    President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Generations Linked in Love,” Liahona, May 2010, 92.