Getting Started

    “The work of gathering Heavenly Father’s family is not just for young people, and it is not just for grandparents. It is for everyone. We are all gatherers.”

    (Henry B. Eyring, “Gathering the Family of God,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 22)

    What Is Family History?

    Families are central to Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness. He has prepared a way for family relationships to continue throughout eternity. By participating in temple and family history service, we discover more about ourselves and our ancestors and connect with them by performing needed gospel ordinances.

    As we help our deceased family members, we can increase the influence of the Spirit in our lives and deepen our testimonies of the plan of salvation and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Temple and Family History Consultants

    Your temple and family history consultant was called and set apart to help you gather your ancestral family members. He or she will prepare a personalized experience that will help you achieve your temple and family history goals, such as preserving family photos and stories, preparing family names for temple ordinances, or sharing your family history experience with others.

    Go to to find your local temple and family history consultant.


    The Church provides many resources to help you discover your family history and connect your family through temple work for your dead. is the Church’s tool for finding and preparing family names for temple ordinances and preserving family memories. The site has information on more than 3 billion deceased people and information from over 100 countries, including birth, marriage, and death records, censuses, probates and wills, land records, and more.

    Go to, and sign in with your Church account.