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Creating and Sharing Family History

Photomyne: An App for Scanning Family Photos

Photomyne: An App for Scanning Family Photos

Last month, I wrote a post for Family Locket all about how much I enjoyed using EPSON FastFoto Scanner to digitize all our wonderful family photos. Unfortunately, right after I sent the scanner bac…

Write a Family History Book

Have you thought about writing a family history story or book to share with your family? Maybe you have a famous ancestor who has grown larger than life with each subsequent generation and you…

How To Plan An Engaging Family Reunion

What do you when you’re put in charge of the family history part of your family reunion? How do you engage 150 people ages 0 – 87? If you’re my friend, Rischelle, you go to work a…

Family history young women or Relief Society activity! DIY photo pendant tutorial. Print a picture on cardstock, then use glamour seal to attach it to glass tile. Voila! Pretty necklace with special family photo inside. familylocket.com

Make a Photo Pendant

For Christmas last year, I hosted a craft night for my friends. We made these easy, quick photo pendants! I first saw these at a family reunion, where some of the adult granddaughters had created t…

DIY Picture Pedigree chart using PowerPoint. Download the template then insert your own photos! Easy free printable up to 24x36." Familylocket.com

DIY Picture Pedigree Chart

Let’s make a simple picture pedigree chart! It’s perfect for printing at home, displaying on the wall, sharing with your kids, or impressing your cousins at the next family reunion. Rea…

5 children's books about family trees

5 Children’s Books About Family Trees

So you want to teach your children about great aunts, first cousins once removed, and great-grandfathers? Here is a list of books that will help you explain the sometimes tricky concept of family …

Make an amazing family mission statement with ancestor stories and principles weaved in. Healthy family narratives make children stronger!

Family Stories and Mission Statements

This is my new goal: Make a family mission statement, then attach several anecdotes from our family’s past that exemplify the values and principles outlined in our mission (honesty, hard work…

Family History gift: easily illustrate a book for kids about their ancestors online!

Make An Illustrated Storybook of Ancestors

I’ve been searching for a way to easily illustrate a book for kids about their ancestors. I would love to have several ancestor story books that I can read to my children at Family Home Eveni…

Recreate an ancestor photo. Fun way to show children more about their family history!

Recreate an Ancestor Photo

Do you look like one of your grandparents? Do you have one of their dresses or coats? Then you might have fun doing this photo challenge from www.makefamilyhistory.org : recreate an ancestor photo.…

Family History Valentine's Day Decorations!! Use wedding pictures of grandparents and ancestors to decorate.

Family History Valentine’s Day Decorations

After Christmas, my 5 year old was devastated to take down the tree, lights, and ornaments. So we quickly replaced the Christmas tree with our Valentine’s Day decorations! A couple years ago …

6 children's books about family history

6 Children’s Books About Family History

This post contains affiliate links. If you click the link and purchase the item, we receive a small commission. This doesn’t change the price of the item. Homeplace by Anne Shelby, 1995 A Gra…

Need a fun activity to help your youth learn to research census records?  "Finding Franklin" gives them the opportunity to discover the wealth of information that can be found in  a census.

FINDING FRANKLIN: Helping Youth Use Census Records

Need a fun activity to help your youth learn to research census records? “Finding Franklin” gives them the opportunity to discover the wealth of information that can be found in a cen…

Review of children's family history book "My Mother's Pearls." Perfect for girls who love dressing up and learning about their ancestors!

Review of “My Mother’s Pearls” by Catherine Fruisen

I’ve been gathering up all the children’s books about family history that I can find. There are lots about family trees, and some about family heirlooms! My Mother’s Pearls Story …

Create an ancestor coloring page!

Ancestor Coloring Page

Need a way to share family stories with your kids more often? How about coloring pages? Every so often, we create a coloring page about one of our grandparents. While my son was coloring one of his…

Today I want to share one of my favorite apps from the FamilySearch app gallery – Puzzilla! Puzzilla.org reads the data on your family tree and creates a compact, bird’s eye view of you…

Picturing your Pedigree with Puzzilla.org

Today I want to share one of my favorite apps from the FamilySearch app gallery – Puzzilla! Puzzilla.org reads the data on your family tree and creates a compact, bird’s eye view of you…

How to print large charts for your family reunions!

Charts for Family Reunions

Picture Pedigree At our family reunion this summer, we had a “family tree gathering” on Monday night. Each family selected a story about one of our ancestors and created a skit about it…

Transfer your ancestry.com tree to familysearch.org by exporting a GEDCOM and uploading it to FamilySearch.org's genealogies page. Then you can compare it side by side with the Family Tree!

How to Transfer a Family Tree to FamilySearch

Have you created your whole family tree in Ancestry.com or another system and now you want to try using FamilySearch.org? How do you move your tree over to FamilySearch.org? There are two ways R…

Family history articles picked for you every week!

Family history articles picked for you every week!

You can make your own free "ethnicity estimate" using your FamilySearch account! Have fun making your pie chart at Grandma's Pie.

Make a Pie Chart of your Ancestors’ Home Countries with Grandma’s Pie

Have you tried the fun little website called Grandma’s Pie? If so, you might be wondering how I changed the pie chart it generated for me from the orange color scheme into this blue one: In t…

Monthly books to help you write your own family stories

“Nobody Don’t Love Nobody” – March Book Club Selection

Do you love to read books about real people overcoming real challenges? Are you interested in writing your own family’s story of trials and triumph? Nicole and I share a love of reading good…

My great grandmother Ettie died at age 47. Her husband wrote "I went crazy." Every story matters - that's what I learned from StoryCorps at RootsTech 2016.

Love Story inspired by David Isay Keynote at RootsTech

“It’s impossible not to love someone whose story you’ve heard.” This truth was spoken by David Isay of StoryCorps during StoryCorps – with their StoryBooth and mobile …

Make easy ancestor photo ornaments

Ancestor Photo Ornaments

Our ward Christmas party was a nativity display. We decided to create a family history display in one of the rooms with Christmas family traditions and ideas from the FamilySearch Christmas campaig…

Census discovery activity for children - Finding Franklin in a Time Machine. Family history fun for activity days, cub scouts, school, reunions!

Finding Franklin in a Time Machine Activity

Today, we have a guest post by one of our readers, Lindsey Crouch. Lindsey found our post about teaching youth to use census records, then adapted it for a younger age group. She’s here to share he…

If you have a quilt in your family’s history, don’t wait to discover the story behind it! I'm from a long line of quilters...

Quilting Your Family’s History

Do you have a quilt in your closet with no clue who made it or why? Or maybe you have a stack of clothes from a loved one that you’d like to make into a quilt? Either way, a quilt can…

Telling family history is more effective when your stories pass the campfire test! Ideas for storytelling to strengthen your family from Bruce Feiler's RootsTech 2016 keynote

Strengthening Children Through Family History: Bruce Feiler’s Tips from RootsTech 2016

At the end of Bruce Feiler’s inspirational keynote talk at RootsTech in February, he encouraged listeners to do four things: 1 – “Find a way to connect your family story with the oldest stori…

How to make an ancestor book with Blurb trade books! "Honoring the Faith of my Ancestors" with a Blurb Book.

Remembering the Faith of My Ancestors with a Blurb Book

Two years ago, I made a book about my Grandpa Elder’s ancestors to give to my family for Christmas. I was inspired by William R. Walker’s talk in the April 2014 General Conference about learning st…

Celebrating your Irish ancestors on St. Patrick's Day! Ideas for decorating.

Celebrating Irish Heritage on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is only a few days away! Here are some ways that we’ve been celebrating our Irish Heritage: Learn about your Irish Heritage Did you know that 3.7 million American residents …

Family History isn't just for 65 year old females. Family History is for everyone! This graphic shows how many people use popular genealogy and family history websites.

Family History is for Everyone

According to D. Joshua Taylor at the Green Valley (AZ) Genealogical Society seminar yesterday, the stereotypical genealogist is a 65 year old white female. He learned this when he dedicated …

Web Index of family history ideas for children and youth - over 270 links to games, activities, reunion ideas, lesson plans, and all kinds of ways to get children and teens involved in genealogy and family history.

Family History for Children and Teens

Family History Ideas for Children and Teens A collection of over 270 articles and blog posts with ideas for teaching, doing, and sharing family history with children and teens. To contribute more i…

YDNA success story!! Family History is for everyone series.

Family History is for Everyone Spotlight: DNA Cousin Don Royston

Family history is all about people and meeting new cousins is often a highlight in our genealogy ramblings. Ten years ago, long before Ancestry’s DNA became hugely popular, I participated in…

Each of us is a book waiting to be written. We can explain what we know about our ancestors and preserve that for future generations!

Favorite Reads of the Week: 2 April 2016 – writing our own stories, translation, and teaching kids history with ancestor stories

“Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, when written, results in a person explained.” -Thomas M. Cirignano This was quoted in an article at Write My Journey about th…

Connecting with ancestors helps us overcome our struggles.

Family History is for Everyone: Business Owner & Mother of Five and Her Daughter

Do you want to get started in Family History but you’re nervous about the time commitment or your abilities? Do you feel overwhelmed whenever you think about just getting started? Today I…

Make shadow box of items to remember a beloved parent or grandparent who has passed away. In our own grief do we sometimes dismiss that of our children?

Grandpa’s Guns

How do you help a child who has lost a beloved parent or grandparent? In our own grief do we sometimes dismiss that of our children? This week I wrote about dealing with the loss of loved ones by c…

"I Have a Family Tree with Branches by the Dozen": family history Primary Sharing Time Ideas

“I Have a Family Tree with Branches by the Dozen”: Primary Sharing Time Ideas

Need a way to involve your youth family history consultants? How about introducing family history to children from three to eleven? We combined both of these objectives with a Primary Sharing Time…

Interview with Allison Gilbert about her book, Passed and Present. She has 85 amazing ways to keep memories of loved ones alive!

Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive – from the Book Passed and Present – an Interview with Allison Gilbert

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Allison Gilbert’s new book, Passed and Present, about celebrating the lives of relatives we’ve lost. Enter our giveaway of the book here! Remem…

Why do we do genealogy and family history? The FamilyLocket.com “Family History is for Everyone” series aims to uncover that spark – the initial interest that brings people to research their roots.

Family History is For Everyone Spotlight: The Newlyweds

I often wonder why some people research their genealogy and some people do not. Those of us who identify ourselves as family historians or genealogists can usually recall a certain moment in time w…

Family History is for Everyone series. Interviews with everyday people doing family history research. "We should all know where we came from, at least in some basic way.”

Family History is for Everyone Spotlight: Phil Gregory

Today, Phil Gregory tells how he got started in family history in our second installment of the “Family History is for Everyone” series. Phil says, “I think we should all k…

Inspiring Family Members in Genealogy

Inspiring Family Members in Genealogy

How can we inspire our family members to join us in our family history research and memory keeping? Read on for three tips. Once someone is bitten by the genealogy bug, they become known to their f…

Family Tree book and project!

Me and My Family Tree – Kids Book Club

For May, the Family Locket Book Club for Kids is reading “Me and My Family Tree” by Joan Sweeney, illustrated by Annette Cable. We are sharing two family tree projects to do along with …

Great ideas for remembering ancestors and loved ones who have passed away

Creating a Memorial to Your Loved One – A Review of “Passed and Present”

Losing a loved one is part of life. Living without that loved one is also a part of life, but how can you keep their memory alive in a meaningful and appropriate way? Allison Gilbert, author show…

10 easy mothers day gifts using old family photos

10 Easy Mother’s Day Gifts Using Old Family Photos

As a family historian who likes to share what I’m working on, I often have big ideas for holiday gifts – books full of stories and photos of ancestors, unique family tree charts, and ph…

Lessons from my Grandma's Sampler - honoring women in your family history for mother's day

Lessons from my Grandmother’s Sampler

As a young girl I often admired this sampler that hung in my Grandmother Florence’s bedroom. I didn’t know anything about it, only that I loved the intricate, colorful flowers against the bla…

Genealogy and family history Quote from Allison Gilbert, author of Passed and Present. Researching where we come from makes us feel more connected, stronger, and empowered...and makes us move forward in our live in a more purposeful way.

Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive – from the Book Passed and Present – an Interview with Allison Gilbert

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Allison Gilbert’s new book, Passed and Present, about celebrating the lives of relatives we’ve lost. Enter our giveaway of the book here! Remem…

Amazing race family reunion style

Amazing Race: Family Reunion Style

Do you need to inject some life into your next family reunion? You might want to try adding an “Amazing Race” element. In today’s guest post, Ann Jeppson, shares ideas that you …

How to make a family history wall in your home

The Family History Wall

Have you been trying to involve your teenagers and children in your family history efforts to no avail? Try devoting a wall in your home to family history and see if you can spark some interest. …

How a history buff and mom of two teens got started in family history and draws strength from it

Family History is For Everyone Spotlight: Dafney Murray

Today I’m interviewing my friend, Dafney Murray. She shares interesting insights into how her love for history has helped in her research, the benefits of sharing stories with her teenagers, …

Incorporating family history into our summer reading program

Incorporating Family History into our Summer Reading Program

By Wendy Locey Summer is right around the corner. Each summer we participate in a summer reading program. This summer we thought we would learn about one of our ancestors who walked 2,000 mi…

the honor roll project tucson arizona

The Honor Roll Project: Tucson, Arizona

When Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy posted about contributing to the Honor Roll Project earlier this month, I knew it would be the perfect way for our family to celebrate Memorial Day this year…

My grandfathers coat Hard work conservation and thrift of ancestors

Kids’ Book Club June: My Grandfather’s Coat – the hard work, thrift and conservation of our ancestors

My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock, teaches about the hard work, thrift and conservation of our ancestors. This book club post will share discussion qu…

how to do an ancestor skit night at your family reunion

How to Do an Ancestor Skit Night at Your Family Reunion

Last year, my grandmother planned a reunion for her ten children and 50+ grandchildren. I asked her if we could include some family history activities during the week and do a “family tree ga…

LDS Family History

Using Ordinances Ready to Discover New Research Opportunities

Using Ordinances Ready to Discover New Research Opportunities

In the Fall of 2018 FamilySearch introduced a feature for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints called Ordinances Ready. Ordinances Ready is designed to help church members co…

How to Find Names for the Temple with the Puzzilla Research Log

Here’s a scenario that I hear all the time. Does this sound familiar? You decide to dedicate an hour to family history research. You sit down at the computer and make a goal to find names for…

Ward Family History Fair - fun LDS activity with a county fair theme! Each room has different family history activities for young women, young men, children, and adults.

Ward Family History Fair

Our ward family history committee, consisting of youth and adult consultants, planned this ward activity for all ages. Held on a Thursday evening it took the place of the combined activity for the…

Lehi learned about his ancestors and it filled him with the Spirit. Same thing happens for us! "My father, Lehi, did discover the genealogy of his fathers. And when he saw these things, he was filled with the spirit."

Lehi’s Genealogy Discovery

I read 1 Nephi 5 this week and was struck by the story of Lehi searching the brass plates and what he found in them. Hugh Nibley, in his lectures on the Book of Mormon, said that Lehi didn’t have …

Photo booth at a ward family history fair activity. Families can take old time pictures!

Ward Family History Fair

Our ward family history committee, consisting of youth and adult consultants, planned this ward activity for all ages. Held on a Thursday evening it took the place of the combined activity for the…

Family Tree Explorers Lesson plan for kids ages 8-11 to learn about using FamilySearch.org!

Family Tree Explorers

Our stake has been focused on teaching the primary children ages 8-11 how to do family history, and our youth consultants are taking charge of teaching them. So I created a lesson plan for o…

Family history mission possible  activity for youth - helping them learn the basics of family history along with some fun! After completing these missions, the youth will be confident that family history really is possible!!

MISSION POSSIBLE Youth Activity

Do you need a fun activity to help the youth in your ward get interested in family history? How about a Family Home Evening or Sunday activity for the whole family? Try MISSION POSSIBLE and see tha…

In October 2014 General Conference, Elder Allan F. Packer spoke about family history in his talk, “The Book.” He said, Like partaking of the sacrament, attending meetings, reading the s…

A Regular Part of our Personal Worship

In October 2014 General Conference, Elder Allan F. Packer spoke about family history in his talk, “The Book.” He said, Like partaking of the sacrament, attending meetings, reading the s…

See yourself in the temple family history FHE lesson plan from Elder Cook's April 2016 conference talk. The family home evening PDF has young and older children lesson plans, activities, and printables!

See Yourself in the Temple – Family History FHE Lesson

Elder Quentin L. Cook talked about the joy of doing family history work and preparing for the temple in his April 2016 General Conference talk, “See Yourself in the Temple.” I…

This is a great way to include your family history stories in FHE

How to Include Family History in Every Family Home Evening

This week, I wrote a guest post for the Chicken Scratch n Sniff blog – a resource for strengthening families and teaching in LDS wards. In the post I talked about how our family has st…

Research Tips

Back to the Basics: Cemetery Records Part 1

Back to the Basics: Cemetery Records Part 1

Memorial Day and summer are approaching and you may be getting ready to do some hands-on cemetery research. If you’re not able to visit a cemetery in person right now, can you still do cemete…

Back to the Basics with Land Records: Part 3 – Land Grants & Patents

Back to the Basics with Land Records: Part 3 – Land Grants & Patents

How did your ancestors receive their land? Did they win the land lottery? Could they have received a bounty land grant for military service? Perhaps they homesteaded and lived on the land long enou…

The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast – Family Locket

The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast

The Research Like a Pro® Genealogy Podcast Diana Elder, AG and Nicole Dyer, co-authors of the best-selling book, Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide, discuss the Research Like a Pro m…

Negative Results vs. Negative Evidence

Have you heard the term “negative evidence” and wondered what that meant in your genealogy research? Is this the same as negative results when searching a database? This question comes up often wit…

Research Logs: The Key to Organizing Your Family History - Genealogy Research Tips

Research Logs: The Key to Organizing Your Family History

Are you ready to take your Family History efforts to the next level and actually get organized? Do you sometimes feel like you have spent the last hour of “research” mindlessly surfing…

Ten Cool Things You Might Not Know About the U.S. Federal Census – Family Locket

Ten Cool Things You Might Not Know About the U.S. Federal Census

Did you know that the individual giving the family’s information in the 1940 census is marked with an X? Or how about the estimated 1.2 million Southerners missing in the 1870 census? These…

DNA

Creating an Objective for a DNA Research Project

Creating an Objective for a DNA Research Project

Are you wondering how to blend DNA and traditional genealogy research? Have you been thinking you’d like to try a DNA project to solve a brick wall or prove a conclusion in your research? Wit…

DNA Sources, Information, and Evidence: Sorting it All Out

DNA Sources, Information, and Evidence: Sorting it All Out

Sources play a vital role in genealogical research and the quality and quantity of sources matter. Elizabeth Shown Mills, a renowned genealogical expert explains, “Sources give us information from …

Other Pins

Creating an Objective for a DNA Research Project

Creating an Objective for a DNA Research Project

Are you wondering how to blend DNA and traditional genealogy research? Have you been thinking you’d like to try a DNA project to solve a brick wall or prove a conclusion in your research? Wit…

Photomyne: An App for Scanning Family Photos

Photomyne: An App for Scanning Family Photos

Last month, I wrote a post for Family Locket all about how much I enjoyed using EPSON FastFoto Scanner to digitize all our wonderful family photos. Unfortunately, right after I sent the scanner bac…

DNA Sources, Information, and Evidence: Sorting it All Out

DNA Sources, Information, and Evidence: Sorting it All Out

Sources play a vital role in genealogical research and the quality and quantity of sources matter. Elizabeth Shown Mills, a renowned genealogical expert explains, “Sources give us information from …

Using Ordinances Ready to Discover New Research Opportunities

Using Ordinances Ready to Discover New Research Opportunities

In the Fall of 2018 FamilySearch introduced a feature for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints called Ordinances Ready. Ordinances Ready is designed to help church members co…

Back to the Basics: Cemetery Records Part 1

Back to the Basics: Cemetery Records Part 1

Memorial Day and summer are approaching and you may be getting ready to do some hands-on cemetery research. If you’re not able to visit a cemetery in person right now, can you still do cemete…

Back to the Basics with Land Records: Part 3 – Land Grants & Patents

Back to the Basics with Land Records: Part 3 – Land Grants & Patents

How did your ancestors receive their land? Did they win the land lottery? Could they have received a bounty land grant for military service? Perhaps they homesteaded and lived on the land long enou…

The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast – Family Locket

The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast

The Research Like a Pro® Genealogy Podcast Diana Elder, AG and Nicole Dyer, co-authors of the best-selling book, Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide, discuss the Research Like a Pro m…

Family traits worksheet - teaching DNA, family history, and inheritance to kids

“The One and Only Me” – Family traits book & lesson ideas

Last week I taught a cub scouts group (ages 8-9) about genealogy. I wanted to connect with their interests, so I decided to talk about science. I brought this book with me: The One and Only Me: A B…

How to Find Names for the Temple with the Puzzilla Research Log

Here’s a scenario that I hear all the time. Does this sound familiar? You decide to dedicate an hour to family history research. You sit down at the computer and make a goal to find names for…

How to Find Names for the Temple with the Puzzilla Research Log

Here’s a scenario that I hear all the time. Does this sound familiar? You decide to dedicate an hour to family history research. You sit down at the computer and make a goal to find names for…

How to Find Names for the Temple with the Puzzilla Research Log

Here’s a scenario that I hear all the time. Does this sound familiar? You decide to dedicate an hour to family history research. You sit down at the computer and make a goal to find names for…

Write a Family History Book

Have you thought about writing a family history story or book to share with your family? Maybe you have a famous ancestor who has grown larger than life with each subsequent generation and you…

Negative Results vs. Negative Evidence

Have you heard the term “negative evidence” and wondered what that meant in your genealogy research? Is this the same as negative results when searching a database? This question comes up often wit…

How To Plan An Engaging Family Reunion

What do you when you’re put in charge of the family history part of your family reunion? How do you engage 150 people ages 0 – 87? If you’re my friend, Rischelle, you go to work a…

Research Logs: The Key to Organizing Your Family History - Genealogy Research Tips

Research Logs: The Key to Organizing Your Family History

Are you ready to take your Family History efforts to the next level and actually get organized? Do you sometimes feel like you have spent the last hour of “research” mindlessly surfing…