Family History

Family History – 12 Sabbath-Friendly Ways to Put the Fun in Family History

  1. Fill out the ‘My Family’ pamphlet.


  1. Make family tree artwork by tracing each family member’s hand to create the branches and leaves around a previously-drawn tree trunk. Write the names and birth dates of each person on his or her hand’s outline.


  1. Watch a how-to video on


  1. Illustrate stories about your ancestors. Sister Wendy Watson Nelson enlisted the artistic help of her nieces and nephews to create a book telling the miraculous conversion story of their fourth great-grandmother.


(Learn about her experience at


  1. Record your own history by writing in a journal, or pull out paper and markers to create a timeline of your life.


  1. Index. It can take 30 minutes or less to index a batch. Pair up younger family members with older siblings or parents and work together.


  1. Invite a family history consultant over for a Q & A about your family tree dead ends. Make them cookies.


  1. Gather in a circle to play ‘Ask Grandma.’ Each person takes a turn asking Grandma (or another older relative) one question. It’s fun to hear her answers, and fun to hear the questions grandkids think up. Don’t forget to record it! If you have older relatives who live far away, email or snail mail them some questions.


Possible questions might include:

  • Where did you grow up?
  • What’s your favorite food?
  • What’s your favorite memory of your grandparents?
  • Who was your best friend when you were young?
  • What did you do for fun when you were a child?
  • How did you meet your spouse?
  • What did you want to be when you grew up?


  1. Survey your extended family to discover their favorite old family recipes. Ask for the memories associated with each particular dish or dessert, and upload a few to FamilySearch Memories.


  1. Search the web for genealogy websites like to learn the origin of your surname.


  1. Try a new family history app. Scroll to the bottom of the FamilySearch website to click on App Gallery.


  1. Ask your parents or grandparents to tell you the stories behind some of their family heirlooms. Share these with the family in a Show & Tell gathering, with help from adults when doing the showing. Maybe one of your relatives has a collection of teacups, baseball cards, seashells, or something else. Offer to document the memories related to each piece of their collection.


Let’s call it family history fun instead of family history work!

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