Honor your parents #LIGHTtheWORLD

Are you participating in the LDS church’s #LIGHTtheWORLD challenge this month? (If you want to learn more check out Mormon.org)

Day two is Jesus honored his parents, and you can too…


What a better way to honor your parents’ then learning about an ancestor!

So today go check out familysearch.org, click on the memory tab and find a great story about an ancestor! Bonus: give your mom or dad a call and share that story. I think they’ll be touched you took the time to learn about their family!


Call you parents and ask them their favorite story about their parents! Make sure you write it down, maybe even add it to familysearch.org.


Record your parents talking about their childhood. Come up with questions beforehand. It’s hard to just start talking about yourself. Make sure you share this with family!


Write down something you learned from your parents. Make sure you include an example! I recently wrote about working with my dad for a school assignment (I’m going back to college), I plan on expanding on that assignment and adding it to my life history.

What did you choice to honor your parents? What did you learn about your family?

FamilySearch App Gallery Part 6

See Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Part 3 here. Part 4 here. Part 5 here.

In part 2 we learned the App Gallery is broken up into 5 categories.

The final and fifth category is Tree Analyzing. The programs in this category help uncover areas of your family tree that need more attention. Don’t we all need this? There are 38 apps (as of 2/23/16) in this category for you to use!

These are some of my all time favorite apps to use! I hope you find some great use out of them also.

Find a record

Find a record is my go to program doing family history! It’s my to-do list without having to write a to-do list 😉 When I only have a few minutes this is my go to. I’m planning on a post just on Find a Record so look for that in the future. Find a Record will search your tree on FamilySearch for issues in 6 different categories. It even gives you details about what is wrong so you aren’t searching for it.

puzzillaPuzzilla may look like a funny web but it’s a powerful tool in family history. I love looking at puzzilla for descendancy research. It’s a great way to see where family members may be missing at a glance.


Relative Finder is so much fun! This program shows you who you are related to. It has pre loaded trees for famous people through out history. Because this is a BYU program it does include LDS historical people, pioneers included. The other fun feature is you can make your own group and invite friends to see how you are related to them!

What interesting things did you find using these apps? How did they help you expand your family?

FamilySearch App Gallery Part 5

See Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Part 3 here. Part 4 here.

In part 2 we learned the App Gallery is broken up into 5 categories.

The fourth category is Charts and Tree View. The programs in this category view your family tree data in a variety of interesting ways. Isn’t that sentence intriguing??  There are 32 apps (as of 2/23/16) in this category for you to try!

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FamilySearch App Gallery Part 2

See Part 1 here.

So how did it go yesterday exploring the App Gallery? Today I’m going to talk to you about the category Find Ancestors and some of the apps you should check out.

The App Gallery is broken up into 5 categories. The first one is Find Ancestors, the programs in this category you should use to find more of your ancestors by searching records. There are 32 apps currently (6/5/15) in this category.


Partner apps


Of course all the partner website apps are in this category: Ancestry, My Heritage, American Ancestors, and Find My Past. These are great databases to search for your ancestors. They each have great advantages in their own way. They each have access to records no one else has.


Market bid sites


AncestorCloud, GenMarketPlace, and RootsBid are some new companies that launched during RootsTech this year. I really enjoyed talking to AncestorCloud while I was there. Anyway, if you have some research that you need help with check out these three companies were you can post your research and people will bid on them! So, that birth certificate that you really need a copy of in Sacramento, California when you are in Idaho? Post it! Someone in the area will be able to bid then get a copy for you! OR you can go to these companies and see what research you can do and make some money! 




Puzzilla and Kinpoint are great programs that can help you find where you need to research next. Puzzilla has free features and some premium features that you pay for. I personally love Puzzilla but I also haven’t played with Kinpoint very much.

Ok there’s a lot more but these are pretty fun and helpful!

What app I talked about today was your favorite? Was there an app in the Gallery that you think I should have mentioned??