This course is designed to teach the basic principles and skills needed to do the following:

1.     Find ancestors and cousins who need temple ordinances

2.     Get to know your ancestors and preserve memories of them for your posterity

3.     Help create a record of our dead that is “worthy of all acceptation” (D&C 128:24)

When providing temple ordinances for those who are not close relatives, verify their information and your relationship to them; and find and resolve duplicate records before printing ordinances.  If you skip these steps, there is a moderately high chance of duplicating previously completed ordinances or doing temple work for those you are not really related to. Consider reviewing topics 1-10 before completing ordinances for distant relatives. The resources and tools needed to learn how to find those who need ordinances, get to know your ancestors, and help create a record “worthy of all acceptation” are covered in the following topics (click the links to access).  

For those teaching this course, this handout can be distributed to class members before starting the class

1.   The Purpose of Temple and Family History Work and How to Get Started (handout) 1.6.16

2.   Family Tree Overview, part 1 (handout) (handout 2A) 1.6.16

3.   Family Tree Overview, part 2 (handout) 1.7.16

4.   Finding Information About Our Ancestors (handout) 1.8.16

5.   Adding Memories to Family Tree (handout) 2.7.16

6    Finding Those That Are Missing (handout) (handout 6A) 2.21.16

7.   Am I Related to Those I Find? (handout) 3.5.16

8.   Using FamilySearch to Find Additional Sources (handout) 1.20.16

9.    Finding and Merging Duplicate Records (handout) 4.9.16

10.  Providing Temple Ordinances (handout) 4.16.16

11.  Editing in Family Tree (handout) 4.21.16

12.  Working with Other Family Tree Users (handout) 5.4.16

13.  Getting Help with Family History (handout) 5.10.16

This course was previously used in a Sunday School Class. However, I have replaced it with a simpler Find, Take, Teach course. The above course may still be useful for self training, training consultants or FHC workers. Some presentations or handouts may be slightly outdated, but still give a good general overview of basic to intermediate LDS family history.

If you download a presentation or handout, the downloaded version will not automatically update like the web versions do. If you are using these materials in an LDS church building, download the videos (all videos can be found here). Play them from your hard drive. You will probably have video streaming issues if you play the embedded video links on the church’s bandwidth. You should have no problem presenting the slides on your church’s bandwidth. Anyone may edit presentations or handouts, but they must be downloaded, as the online versions are not editable. Presentation and handout downloads may contain formatting errors due to different software formats.