Family History

New feature in Leader and Clerk Resources allows local leaders to assist Church members in gathering information on deceased family members to do proxy baptisms and confirmations in the temple.

More than 16,000 attended RootsTech 2024 in-person in Utah and close to four million from over 230 countries and territories participated online.

Leaders of the Church’s Family History Department — Elders Kevin S. Hamilton, Randall K. Bennett, K. Brett Nattress and Jorge M. Alvarado — explain in a RootsTech 2024 Q&A how family history can be used as a tool in strengthening ministering and missionary efforts of the Church.

Kirby Heyborne talks about becoming the RootsTech emcee, a Latter-day Saint bishop and other aspects of the three-day global family history conference.

For the second year in a row, RootsTech enlisted 10 people to serve as global emcees, speaking foreign languages to provide a customized experience for people watching online around the world.

FamilySearch curation managers shared how they have seen the hand of God as they oversee a process of digitizing million of records from across the globe.

Family history is more than names on a pedigree chart, it's helping to remember, said FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood in Church News video "Remembering at RootsTech 2024."

Here is a look back at the messages from the RootsTech 2024 keynote messages and other notables from Family Discovery Day, including the dates for RootsTech 2025.

Lindsay Fulton, chief research officer of American Ancestors, shared an in-depth look at the initiative’s goals and resources.

Pickleball pro Callie Jo Smith and food blogger Si Foster shared how sports and food can connect families through generations at RootsTech 2024.

Check out articles and photos of everything that happened online and in person at FamilySearch's RootsTech 2024, the largest family history conference in the world.

On the eve of RootsTech, the largest global family history conference, genealogist David Lambert gave FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood a priceless family treasure that he will always cherish.

The event included live music, games and a special Puerto Rican family history project.

The late President M. Russell Ballard was featured in a Family Discovery Day video talking about his rich family history and faith at various Church History sites at RootsTech 2024.

Following a spiritual prompting to research her 2nd great-grandfather Dred Scott, Lynne M. Jackson embarked on a journey of researching, commemorating and making peace with her family history.

"They can help in some sort of way, and when they make a discovery, that excitement is contagious," said RootsTech 2024 presenter.

New converts, 11-year-olds and returning members can "have another spiritual experience, another connection," said Elder Andersen.

Millions of additional records from all continents will be available for the public this year.

"Our passion is to help you find your missing bricks," said Steve Rockwood to kick off RootsTech 2024.

FamilySearch's new Family Group Trees feature lets living relatives upload photos, record dates and complete other tasks on shared family trees.