Family History

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Family History


Family history is discovering and learning more about our family members and gathering and preserving information about them. It is also performing saving ordinances for them in temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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. We can connect with our ancestors by performing essential ordinances for them in temples. As we help our deceased family members progress on the covenant path, we can increase the influence of the Spirit in our lives and deepen our testimonies of the plan of salvation.

Family history can also strengthen our relationships with our living family members. As we share discoveries, stories, photographs, and other memories, we establish family bonds and strengthen the love between our family members. In this sense, family history is much more than just researching names, dates, and places.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides a free service, FamilySearch, which helps people connect with their families. This worldwide service provides the tools, services, and technology to help all people discover, gather, and connect their families—past, present, and future.

Learn more about how you can get started on your family history and how it can bless your life.

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Scripture References

Scripture Study Resources

Messages from Church Leaders

Additional Messages


Family History Video Collection

Learning Resources

General Resources

2020 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction

2019 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction

2018 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction

Church Magazines

Russell M. Nelson and Wendy W. Nelson, “Open the Heavens through Temple and Family History Work,” Liahona, October 2017

Dale G. Renlund, Ruth L. Renlund, and Ashley R. Renlund, “Family History and Temple Blessings,” Liahona, February 2017

Ministering through Family History,” Liahona, February 2020

Margot Halvey, “Family History at Your Fingertips,” Ensign, January 2018

Douglas Parks, “Sharing Your Family History,” Ensign, March 2018

Chakell Wardleigh, “Family History for the Non-History Buff,” Ensign, July 2018

Maryssa Dennis, “Down the Family History Rabbit Hole,” Ensign, April 2018

Bradley D. Foster, “Family History: Peace, Protection, and Promises,” Liahona, October 2016

Study Manuals

Teachings of Presidents of the Church

Other Manuals

Teaching Resources

Stories and Activities for Teaching Children

Family History Quest: Ready, Set, Go!Friend, January 2018