“I have learned … that even the best technology can never be a substitute for revelation from heaven …This is a spiritual work, and the Lord directs it through His Holy Spirit.”
(“Gathering the Family of God,” President Henry B. Eyring, April 2017 general conference)
Family history is much more than dates, records, and research. Start discovering your family history with these simple activities.
- Contact Your Temple and Family History Consultant
Start your family history with a family member or friend who can help you. You can also ask your local temple and family history consultant to assist you. Go to www.familysearch.org/ask/help to find help in your area.
- Create an LDS.org Account, and then log in to FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch.org is the tool you need to take your own ancestors’ names to the temple. You can log in to FamilySearch.org using your LDS.org ID and password. You can also do this work with the free FamilySearch Family Tree app (download the app for iOS or Android).
- Interview family members, and share stories
This can be easily done on the free FamilySearch Memories app. Gather your family stories and memories, and record them for generations to come.
- Gather, take, and share photos
Taking photos of living relatives, heirlooms, and so forth can provide powerful experiences for future generations. Add these to your family tree through the FamilySearch Memories app as well.
- Help index records
FamilySearch indexing makes the records of our ancestors freely searchable online. Indexing is vital to temple and family history work. To learn more, go to https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/