Family History


Stories | Activities | Media


  • “Matt and Mandy” (March 2020 Friend)
    Matt and Mandy learn about how they are related to their cousins in Australia
  • “Family History Party” (May 2020 Friend)
    A boy plans a family history party for his family. 
  • “The Temple and You” (April 2020 Liahona and Friend)
    Sister Joy D. Jones of the Primary presidency encourages children to do family history work and prepare to enter the temple. 
  • “Family History in Five Senses” (August 2020 Liahona and Friend)
    Use your senses to think of things to write or draw that help you feel close to your family.
  • “Anna’s Journey Part 1–Leaving Home” (July 2015 Friend and Liahona)
    Anna traveled from Sweden to Utah as an early pioneer.
  • “Anna’s Journey, Part 2: A Prayer in the Night” (August 2015 Friend)
    Anna’s prayer was answered in an unexpected way.
  • “Cemetery Impressions” (November 1982 Friend)
    A visit to a cemetery can open doors to learn about family history.
  • “A Century of Genealogy” (November 1994 Liahona and March 1994 Friend)
    An explanation of how the genealogical society began and what it accomplished in the first 100 years of its existence.
  • “Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice: Your Fascinating History” (June 2005 Liahona and Friend)
    President James E. Faust teaches that finding your ancestors can be one of the most interesting puzzles you work on.
  • “Detective Danny Does It Again!” (July 2018 Friend)
    Danny loves to solve mysteries, so his dad gets him into solving family history mysteries. 
  • “Detective in the Family” (July 1991 Friend)
    Emily learns how to enjoy a family reunion when she asks family members to tell stories.
  • “A Different Kind of Pioneer” (July 2018 Friend)
    Gabby doesn’t have any ancestors who crossed the plains to share about at Activity Days, but she does get to share about her great-grandmother, who was a pioneer in other ways.
  • “The Ducks’ New Clothes” (July 2016 Friend)
    A funny story about a pioneer family who made clothes for their ducks after their feathers were plucked.
  • “Erika from El Salvador” (July 2013 Liahona and Friend)
    Erika loves helping with indexing using the FamilySearch program.
  • “Family History 1-2-3” (September 2010 Friend)
    Here are three easy steps for doing family history.
  • “Family History Fun” (February 2018 Friend)
    Cole M., age 8, shares all the fun things he loves doing with his family history.
  • “Family History Library” (September 2010 Friend)
    Kelsie visits the Family History Library on Temple Square.
  • “Family History, Step by Step” (September 2019 Liahona and Friend)
    A story about a girl who found information and photos about her great-great-grandmother, put them in, and then went to the temple.
  • “Family Treasure” (September 2012 Friend)
    Nika learns about her ancestors while helping sort things after her great-grandmother dies.
  • “Finding Grandpa Oskar” (August 2002 Friend)
    Nathan visits a family history center and finds information on an ancestor.
  • “Forever Family” (February 2017 Friend)
    Alison C., age 11, shares a poem she wrote about eternal families.
  • “Friends around the World: James H. from Utah” (May 2013 Friend)
    This 11-year-old loves family history.
  • “Getting to Know Your Family” (February 2019 Liahona and Friend)
    President Dallin H. Oaks talks about the importance of learning about your ancestors. Includes ideas and an invitation for throwing a getting-to-know-you party for one of your ancestors.
  • “Grandpa’s Goodhue’s Hand-Me-Down Smile” (January 1987 Friend)
    A young girl helps a photographer who is trapped in a creek with his wagon, then she teaches him about the importance of genealogy.
  • “The Great Family History Mystery” (November 2016 Friend)
    A family visits a cemetery to find a headstone for one of their ancestors.
  • “Hannah Goes to the Temple” (April 2013 Friend)
    On the way to the Salt Lake Temple dedication a girl thinks about how the temple will bless her ancestors.
  • “How Big Crow Became Echo Hawk” (November 2013 Friend)
    Elder Larry Echo Hawk of the Seventy shares a story about one of his ancestors and encourages us to learn about our ancestors.
  • “I Can Do Family History!” (September 2017 Friend)
    Mary, age 9, shares how she participates in family history work.
  • “I’m Going There Someday” (July 2015 Friend and Liahona)
    Mary writes about her first visit to the temple.
  • “Just Like Grandpa” (September 2018 Friend)
    William is sad he has to leave his friends in his ward because of his dad’s new calling in a sign-language branch. His mother tells him a story about his ancestor who was asked by Church leaders to move to a small town.
  • “Lindsay’s Family Puzzle” (September 2015 Liahona and Friend)
    Lindsay loves doing family history and finds comfort in the fan chart taped above her bed.
  • “Matt and Mandy” (July 2016 Friend)
    Matt and Mandy’s mother discovers that her second-cousin lives in Australia and it gets her family interested in where some of their other relatives might live.
  • “My Family History Miracle” (February 2008 Liahona and Friend)
    A young boy goes to the Family History Library with his father and has a wonderful experience.
  • “My Family Tree” (October 2016 Friend)
    Spencer, age 7, tells how he found ancestors who needed their temple work done.
  • “Pie-Crust Cabins” (November 2016 Friend)
    Robbin and her family have a tradition of building log cabins out of pie crust dough in order to remember their blessings and their ancestors.
  • “A Priceless Heritage” (July 2016 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring shares a story about one of his ancestors who joined the Church in 1855. Includes a simple activity.
  • “Reflections” (August 2011 Liahona and Friend)
    A girl learns about her great-grandmother, who a hard life but put her trust in God.
  • “The Spirit of Eliza” (May 2018 Friend)
    Eliza loved family history. But could she talk about it in front of everyone at church?
  • “The Story of Grammy Rose” (September 2019 Friend)
    Tamika asks her grandmother to tell a story about one of her ancestors who escaped slavery. Tamika asks if she can have a journal to write her own story.
  • “The Story Rug” (July 2013 Liahona and Friend)
    Katy hears stories from her grandma while learning to make a braided rug.
  • “The Temple Challenge” (October 2019 Liahona and Friend)
    President Joy D. Jones of the General Primary Presidency shares a story of a boy named Colby who found the information for one of his ancestors and was baptized and confirmed for him in the temple.
  • “Temple Time” (July 2015 Friend)
    Kyle talks to his parents before their temple night.
  • “The Treasure Box” (March 2017 Friend)
    Tasha, Patrick, and Zach can’t wait to open their dad’s treasure box.
  • “Why is family history work so important?” (July 2013 Liahona and Friend)
    Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares some thoughts on the subject.