July 26-29 2017 Register

Genealogy Info

All Sites with an asterisk (*) can be signed into using your LDS.ORG account information. If you don’t have an account yet, you can use your Church Membership record number to begin one. Simply go to Lds.org, in the top right corner, go to Sign-in/ Tools, once you click on it go to Sign-In, it will ask you if you have an account already or if you’d like to register for an account.   So have your membership number handy when you’re ready to do this.

FamilySearch.org* – Family Tree/ Pedigree/ Temple Names/ Photos/ Stories, etc.

Remember that when you input information into your family tree, it should be verifiable information. Others will see what you put in, so it’s wise to make sure it is accurate, and you are not duplicating information that is already there for a person.

FamilySearchTraining.com – Forgot how to do something in Family Search (i.e. Merging names, Editing information, Adding Photos or other info.)  This is a Step-by-Step video tutorial on each thing you may need help with.  They are short 2-3 minute videos that you can use at your leisure.

Family Search.org/ Indexing* – To help others by typing out information from Microfilm, Micro-fish, and scanned documents. Don’t forget, the information you put in in never final.  So if you fear that you might have made a mistake in the information that you input, it won’t be there permanently.  The information will go through a series of three separate people who will quality check the work and then publish it online. But do your best to interpret what you see to make the process easier.

Createfan.com* – Your 9 Generation Fan chart. You can print this chart for free at the    Family History Center in Kaysville. (201 So. 600 E., No. Side of Church Building)


Other rules will be listed and must be read be read and agreed to before temple request can be granted online. Take time to read these rules and guidelines!

  • You CANNOT submit names of Holocaust Victims, Famous people, and those you are not related to and permission wasn’t received.
  • A person must be deceased, and for at least a year.
  • Immediate family members, direct line ancestors (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.)
  • Collateral Family lines (Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and their families)
  • Your own Descendants
  • Possible ancestors, meaning individuals who have a probable family relationship that cannot be verified because the records are inadequate, such as those who have the same last name and reside in the same area as your known ancestors.
  • If deceased for over 110 years, you do not need permission to do the work.

** PERMISSIONS - (Closest Living Relative = Spouse – Children – Parents – Siblings)

History.utah.gov > Learn & Research > Cemetery Records

United States Vital Records

Ancestry.com (14 day free trial)
Ancestral Quest
Family Tree Maker
Roots Magic
mypioneerancestors.com.au Surnames (Search by Last names, click names to see more)


Keep track of the information you collect in a journal or notebook, so you can easily look up any information you find on your ancestors.

Go to www. FamilySearch.org. Login using your LDS account user name and password.  If you don’t have one you can Create one using your membership number.  You can also create a user login if you don’t have a membership number.Click on Fan Chart  (Or Family Tree) and Pedigree Chart.  Your pedigree Chart is where you will find information on those who have had their temple ordinances completed and also those who still need work done. Hover your cursor over the names of deceased family members in the Pedigree chart. (Remember – work for the living cannot be done.  They must be deceased for at least a year)Above the names of family members you will find a few different things:

Yellow Temple Icon. This means more information is needed. Someone in this line has missing information and the work cannot be completed until the information has been gathered and filled in.

Black Temple Icon. This means that all ordinances have been completed for all those in this line. Father, Mother, Children, and other Husbands and Wives.

Blue Temple Icon.  This means that there is work in progress for someone in this line. Or someone has reserves the ordinances and they will complete the work.

Green Temple Icon. This means that someone in this line needs work completed. THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR! * Checking to make sure information for individuals is correct in any instance possible.

  • Click on an individual’s name.  At the bottom of their information box are several individual squares.
  • At the bottom of their information box is “PERSON” button.  Click that to view their information. 
  • Scroll to the bottom of their information sheet to Temple Ordinances, and you will see what ordinances they have had completed, if any.  This is also where you will have the opportunity to do temple work for them if they have ordinances that are available for request.
  • If Request Ordinances is available, click on it. 
  • Review the guidelines information and check applicable boxes at the bottom, after reading, to continue. Some ordinances require permission before the work can be done.  Simply follow the guidelines on page one on who to obtain those permissions from.
  • Their names will be added to your TEMPLE box (up at the top of the screen) and you can print their information to do their temple work.  Checkmark the box next to the name of the person who’s work you are going to do. Choose the option up above to PRINT. Once you print the page, the individual’s information will show up as a barcode.  You will take this to the Temple office and they will print your temple cards out for you using this barcode info.
  • If you are a youth, an adult with a temple recommend can obtain the cards for you, or you can ask a temple worker near the baptistery area if they can assist you in obtaining the cards. Also if you’d like to keep the cards for other family members to complete, simply ask for the cards and you will be directed or instructed on how to collect them.


When adding family names in Family Search, it is best to begin by first looking for an individual in the system.

  • Each person in the Familysearch database is given an individual ID number.  These numbers are located under each person’s name.  These ID numbers are for Family Search site only and do not apply to anything else or any other sites.
  • Begin by clicking on the FIND button.  This will allow you to search using a name and other information you may have for this person.   It will also allow you to search by their ID number if you have it. (This is where having written information down comes in handy.)
  • If no information has been found on that person, they may not exist yet in the system.   Returning to your Family Tree (Click on Family Tree icon up top), will return you to your tree. You can add Husbands and Wives by clicking on the Add Husband or Add Wife lines. You can also add children in their lines.  
  • IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU MAKE SURE ALL OF THE INFORMATION YOU ENTER IS CORRECT.  HAVE SOURCES THAT YOU CAN SITE, SUCH AS BIRTH OR DEATH RECORDS< CEMETERY RECORDS< MARRIAGE RECORDS, ETC.  Others will be viewing this information, so it needs to be verifiable in some way. Scanning documents to your computer and adding them as sources is an easy way to let others know where you got your information from.


  • A Source is information that you are adding to an individual. (i.e., A birth Certificate, a death certificate, marriage certificate or record, a headstone picture, Or websites that have this information that you would like others to be able to link to.)
  • To easily find the sources you’d like to attach to a specific person, you can go to your source box. This is located in the top right section of your screen, under your name. Click on your name to find “Source Box”. Here you will be able to add sources that you want to be able to add to specific family members and Ancestors. This box is not the permanent place for these. It’s simply a place for you to set your sources, and then easily find and access to add to others.
  • Click on an individuals name. This will open a window for you that allows you to view their information. To add a Source of information about this person, scroll down until you reach a section that is labeled “Sources”. If you have a source already sitting in your Source box, then click on “Attach from Source Box”. And add that information accordingly. If you are adding sources from your computer click on “Create a Source”, and add information accordingly.
  • ADDING PICTURES & STORIES (or documents): Once you have clicked on a persons name and opened a window to view that persons information, look under their name on the top of the page. You will see a tab labeled “Memories”. Click on this tab and you will see a place for you to add Pictures. There are guidelines for adding pictures to Family Search. Below is a link to help you in accurately adding Photos and Stories in FamilySearch.

Adding Photos to Family Search


At the Top of the page once you Enter Family Search, you will notice a few tabs. The SEARCH tab, allows you to search for information on your family through other means. Such as Records, Catalogs, Genealogies, Books and Wiki. These may prove to be valuable resources if you are coming to a dead end in your search for Relatives and Ancestors. Don’t be afraid to navigate theses sites. You may be surprised at the information you can find there.


  • Go to FamilySearch.org/Indexing
  • Choose the Download Indexing Software option. When download is complete you will have an icon on your desktop and you will use this to gain access to Indexing.
  • Click on the Icon (It will look like a Tree over written pages)
  • Login using your same LDS.org account username and password.
  • You will begin with a tutorial on how to use the indexing site. Unless you are being instructed by someone who knows what they are doing on this site, it is a good idea to watch these. They are very short. Minutes only, but worth your time.
  • You will see some messages that you are welcome to read and delete when finished. These messages are usually just to inform you of what is new to the Indexing site, and to welcome you. Additional information can come through this message board so keep a weathered eye.
  • On the Right handed side you will see a SET GOAL tab. Click on this to set a goal you hope to achieve while indexing. The number you choose to begin with will increase in increments of 10, so start with that to see how you do. You can increase this number at any time.
  • Once a goal is set, go to the top left side to ‘DOWNLOAD BATCH”. Click on this to download names to index.
  • When you first begin you will only get one name per “batch”. Once you have done 5 or so names, your batches will contain 20-30 names per batch. So start with 10 Single names. Once the batch appears, select how many to download in the bottom left corner of this window. Start with 10 single names. ** It’s important to know that batches are labeled in different categories. They are Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced. Depending on how well you are at reading different hand writing types and/ or languages, start with beginning and you can move up from there if you feel adventurous or just plain clever.

The image will appear and it will ask you what image type it is. Click on the blue strip in the bottom left box to set what the image is and then TAB over. The TAB button is your best friend here. Image types are as follows:

  • Normal – Meaning you can see the image clearly.
  • Blank - Meaning the image is blank.
  • Duplicate image – Meaning that two of the same picture are there.
  • No Extractable Data – You cannot get the information needed from this image.
  • Unreadable – This image cannot be read. The quality is poor and the image should be reviewed again.
  • Once you Tab over, fill in all the applicable information, and then Quality Check your work. Once the Quality Check is finished you can submit your work.
    Once submitted, you can work on a new batch.

Should you ever open a batch and find that it is too difficult for you, you have the option to return it to other indexers to work on, or to return to be reviewed for quality purposes. Simple click on the File button in the upper left hand corner and go to “Return Batch”. Choose why you are returning and move on.

You can also save your work from the File tab, by clicking on Save. This will allow you to return to your same batch exactly where you left off. When you are finished for the day, simple go to File hit EXIT.


I highly recommend downloading or purchasing a Genealogy software that will help you in locating your ancestors and also helping you to find important documents that you can add to your Personal Family History files. (you can refer to the first page for Ancestral programs)

To search for different countries it’s always wise to use FamilySearch.org > wiki, to help you search for information.

SOUTH AMERICA: South America Gen Web – This is a database of Family trees, Surnames, and other genealogy resources for South America. www.southamericagenweb.org/

GUATEMALA: Family Search  -  familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Guatemala National Library of Guatemala - biblionet.edu.gt General Archives of Central America – sigu7.jussieu.fr/hsal96/cch96.html

VENEZUELA: Venezuela National Library – bnv.bib.ve
Family Search - familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Mexico

MEXICO: National Library of Mexico – biblional.bibliog.unam.mx/bib01.html
National General Archives  -  www.agn.gob.mx

EUROPEAN: Family Search -  familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Europe
The Federation of East European Family History Societies -  www.feefhs.org/
East European Gen Web – www.rootsweb.ancestry.coom/-easeurgw/


  • To submit family names to take to the Temple, you must first enter their information in the Family Tree of Family Search. 
  • Click where applicable: (i.e. if it’s a parent, click on ADD HUSBAND or ADD WIFE)
  • It is wise at this point to make sure you search for this person first before entering new information for them, as someone else may have entered it, but it simply isn’t showing up on your screen yet.SEARCH, and NEW persons are added from the same page.  So look above the information you are filling out to be sure which you are doing.
  • Once you have done this, fill in the information, making sure you are entering a new person.
  • Once submitted, their names should appear in the Family Tree.  At this point, if there are any ordinances that need to be done, you will see the Green arrow with a temple icon show up. When you hover over this icon with your cursor (or mouse), it will say, request ordinances. This is what you click on.  
  • Another page will open and you will see the rules regarding submission of names.  Read this information carefully to ensure that you have proper permissions if needed, and so you understand how names submitting works in the future. 
  • Once you have marked applicable boxes and clicked on acceptance of the terms, you will be taken to the Temple page where the names you have reserved will be.  
  • When you are ready to take these names to the temple, click on the box next to each name and select which ordinances you’d like to complete.  Then click on Print.
  • The information for this person will print with a barcode.  Take this paper to the Temple office and they will use this barcode to create Blue or Pink Temple card for you so all work can be completed.