Introduction – How To Get Started

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Getting started with your family history is easy.

There are 5 Basic Steps — and the first 3 are designed to get you set up and going right.

Begin with a Pedigree Chart and, starting with yourself, list what you currently know about your family.

Now you’re ready to begin the “High Point 5-Step” by getting yourself registered and organized. Here’s what to do:

Step 1.  Register on New FamilySearch – this is the Church’s fabulous website you’ll use to submit names for temple work.

Step 2. Organize Your Stuff – a little organization goes a long ways towards making your family history enjoyable and rewarding. There are four things involved in getting organized:

a)  Gather Your Family History Stuff together into one place.

b)  Set Up Some File Folders to organize all your information.

c)  Enter Your Family Information Into A Computer — if you don’t have one, computers (and help) are available in all the ward buildings.

d)  Set Up Your Family History Binder — this is where you’ll keep your Pedigree Charts, notes, checklists, guides, etc.

Step 3. Set Up The Bookmarks (Favorites) On Your Internet Browser — this will give you instant access to all the main family history websites you’ll want to use.

Now that you’re registered and organized, you’re ready for the last two steps:

Step 4. Research Your Family — this is the fun, exciting part.  And we’ve got a handy Checklist to make it even easier.

Step 5Take The Names To The Temple — this is the important, rewarding part. All of our family history efforts lead to the crowning blessing of having the temple work performed for our ancestors.

So dive in!  The water’s fine. And remember, if you need any help at all, please contact a Family History Consultant in your ward.

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Next Step 1.  Register On New FamilySearch