RootsTech class: 10 fun family history activities

Published: Saturday, March 23 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

Using an online family tree is a great way to share information with family members, keep them connected and encourage them to contribute their own photos and information. There are many online family tree programs available, including FamilySearch, Ancestory, FindMyPast, MyHeritage and Geni. No matter which tree people decide to use, they should feel comfortable with the platform and terms of use.

Activity 8: Print a chart

Fan charts are a visual way to display family history. It's simple to create and print by going online to CreateFan. They are also free.

Activity 9: Use social media

Social media is one of the best ways to stay in touch with family members. Family members can share photos, images, documents and articles about ancestors with by simply posting them on a page. Most social network sites allow people to adjust settings so only family members see posts. Some of the most popular social media sites are Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. JustFamily is a place to connect with family members and build a family tree together.

Activity 10: Help make records searchable by indexing

Using FamilySearch, anyone who wants to help preserve valuable family information can easily extract it from historical records and provide free searchable indexes. All of this can be done from the convenience of home by following these steps:

1. Go to FamilySearch.org/indexing and click the "Get Started" button to download the indexing program.

2. Sign in to FamilySearch.

3. Select a batch of 10-50 records to download.

4. Copy key information from the records to the computer

5. Submit the copied information back to FamilySearch.

Kylie Lewis is an intern for the Deseret News, where she writes for Mormon Times and does other feature articles. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, with a bachelor's degree in communications.

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