While family history has often been a passion and hobby for older members of families, the younger generation is becoming more and more inspired to preserve their family memories.
At FamilySearch, we believe that learning about our ancestors helps us better understand who we are as individuals and creates a family bond that bridges the past, present, and future. Thanks to technology, preserving family memories and discovering our family histories is easier than ever before.
Below, two of our millennial friends share the FamilySearch.org website tools they use to discover and preserve their family legacies.
The main attraction of the FamilySearch.org website is the Family Tree tool. This tool is where you start to put all the pieces of your family history puzzle together. For blogger and online teacher of genealogy Jana Greenhalgh, regularly using the Family Tree tool has become a weekly ritual for her family.
“As a family, we use the FamilySearch Family Tree weekly to keep track of our ancestors, read their stories, and look at their pictures,” Greenhalgh said.
Her family has also used Family Tree to bring their discoveries to extended family members.
“As we prepared for a family reunion last summer, we reviewed the memories of several of our ancestors, and the kids couldn’t get enough of the stories,” Greenhalgh recalled. “The kids made a poster of our ancestors’ beautiful photos to share with our family at the reunion. It’s exciting to see the photos that are being attached to our ancestors by distant relatives we didn’t know about.”