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Family History and Sharing Your Own Story

By Mormon.org
A family working together to discover their family history (also known as genealogy).

James E. Faust declared: “It is a joy to become acquainted with our forebears who died long ago. Each of us has a fascinating family history. Finding your ancestors can be one of the most interesting puzzles you … can work on” (in Conference Report, Oct. 2003, 57; or Ensign, Nov. 2003, 53).

Here are some tips on how to get involved in family history:

Get Started

What work has already been done? Assess where you are now in your family history research, and then decide where you want to go next. Move from the most readily available sources and information to the more difficult ones.

Gather Information

Boyd K. Packer, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said: “If you don’t know where to start, start with yourself. If you don’t know what records to get, and how to get them, start with what you have.”

Start gathering your own historic records (birth certificate, photos, etc.) and move on from there.

Record It

Write down what you already know about your family. Write down the names of parents and their parents with the dates of birth or death or marriage. When you can, you will want to record the places. Make copies of [or scan] birth, marriage and death certificates and organize them.

Every family has a story. What’s yours?

Watch this video on the importance of recording a family history:

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