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See how youth and missionaries from three different countries are promoting FamilySearch and family history work.

A BYU study found that participating in family history research reduced students’ anxiety by 20% and increased self-esteem by 8%.

RootsTech creative director Jonathan Wing and music artist Adassa tell the story behind the RootsTech 2023 theme “Uniting,” the surprise performance and why it was meaningful.

FamilySearch has named Debbie Gurtler as the new assistant director at the FamilySearch Library.

Members of the Church’s Temple and Family History Executive Council offered personal experiences, tips and testimonies at RootsTech.

How telling one’s own story can be healing and be an opportunity to connect, teaches Devin Ashby, global outreach manager at FamilySearch during RootsTech 2023.

Anatolii Khromov, the director of Ukraine’s state archival services, and Gonzalo Luengo, a Chilean genealogist, were among the notable visitors at RootsTech 2023.

Joseph Crossley wrote about his family’s journey across the Atlantic in a small journal. More than 165 years later, his pioneer diary has been found and donated to the Church History Library.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong and his wife, Sister Susan Gong, shared a message about temple and family history work at an “After-Party” for young adults at RootsTech.

The study provides some empirical evidence that supports what Church leaders have long taught about participation in family history.

The Church History Department has added Mormon Battalion information to its Church History Biographical Database.

Elder Gong talks about ancestral lands, accepting ordinances and other answers about temple and family history work.

Elder and Sister Gong, singer Jordin Sparks, actor Sean Astin and others delivered keynote messages that resonated with audiences online and in person at RootsTech.

RootsTech, a 3-day global family history event, featured a list of celebrity keynotes, fun activities, a bustling expo hall and hundreds of informative classes. Read what happened.

Justin G. Thomas taught that in family history research, there is purpose behind each person.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong and his wife Sister Susan Gong took RootsTech audiences on a family history journey from Hawaii to Ireland. Actor Sean Astin also spoke. Here’s what they said.

Here’s how eight young adults are seeing temple and family history work “opening the heavens.”

A new music video features singer Alex Sharpe singing in Irish Gaelic and English in the green landscape of Ireland as part of Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Sister Susan Gong’s Family Discovery Day keynote at RootsTech 2023.

Mona Magno-Veluz, the “Mighty Magulang” family historian, shared in a RootsTech 2023 virtual keynote about three of the blessings she’s seen from her research.

Your DNA Guide founder and CEO Diahan Southard offers 5 reasons to RootsTech attendees to tell their stories by getting a DNA test

Discovering resiliency allows people to choose their own narrative for their family history, Me Ra Koh shared at RootsTech.

“It is time to make our life sweet, full of safety, friendship and love and to live in harmony,” His Highness Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi says.

Connect Our Kids is a nonprofit organization that helps foster children to connect with their families. Here’s what they said at RootsTech 2023.

Industry leaders came from around the world to showcase their products and innovations at RootsTech 2023.

RootsTech 2023 got off to a high-powered start with multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks speaking and performing.

The list — from conference and devotional messages — is featured at the end of the 2023 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction.

Elder Bednar, Elder Gong lead discussion with focus on sequences, being yoked to the Savior and personally relating to Lehi’s experience with the brass plates.

Elder Kevin S. Hamilton, a General Authority Seventy and the executive director of the Church’s Family History Department, and FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood join the Church News podcast to discuss the events of RootsTech 2023.

Family History Department executive director and FamilySearch CEO discuss lessons learned from the last two years and what RootsTech audiences can expect this year.

FamilySearch has announced that actor Sean Astin will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech 2023. Here’s when he is scheduled to speak.