Workshop 2

Adding Information to the FamilySearch Internet Site

“Workshop 2: Adding Information to the FamilySearch Internet Site,” Instructor’s Guide to Temple and Family History Work (2008), 26–27


This material should be taught as a workshop in which class members will be able to practice with a computer. When class members complete the workshop, they should be able to add names, dates, and places to their pedigree on the FamilySearch Internet site.


In preparation for this workshop:

  • Arrange for a place to teach the workshop. You can teach the workshop in your home or in a family history center or wherever a computer with Internet access is available. Try to find a place with more than one computer so that all class members can practice using the FamilySearch Internet site, found at If only one computer is available, encourage class members to take turns doing the tasks so each person gains experience.

  • Practice using the FamilySearch Internet site so you can show class members how to use its basic features, such as adding the name of a husband, a wife, or a child.

  • Go to the Help Center at, and review the instructions for using the Internet site. The online instructions are the most current.


Explain the types of information that can be added to the FamilySearch Internet site:

  • Names of individuals.

  • Dates and places of important events such as birth, marriage, and death.

  • Facts such as titles, occupations, or physical descriptions.

  • Sources from which you obtained information.

  • Notes or details about your research findings.

  • Relationships of individuals to other family members.


  • Sign in to the home page at

  • Show class members how to add information by adding an individual to your own pedigree. If you do not have any information to add, you may want to use a class member’s pedigree for this demonstration.

  • Add various types of information, such as names, dates, and places.

  • Add facts, notes, and sources.

  • Show class members how to indicate family relationships.


  • If you have access to only one computer, have class members take turns using it. If you have multiple computers, encourage class members to share computers if necessary.

  • Allow class members time to add information to their pedigrees.

  • Provide help and feedback as needed. Answer questions that arise during the workshop.

  • Encourage class members to look for ancestors who need to have temple ordinances performed for them.