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Mt. Timpanogos Temple, photo by Rick Satterfield, used with permission

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Simple Christmas Projects for Children


Photo Credit: USMC
There is nothing better during the Christmas season than little projects with your kids...yours, mine, ours, the neighbors, cousins, etc. The holiday season is a fun time to bond together and create lasting memories. FamilySearch has some great ideas for Christmas projects to do with children. Check out the ideas here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Ideas and Traditions

Photo Credit: AlexR
Can you believe that it is Christmas time again? I love Christmas! It is so fun to get together with family and friends and celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Christmas is also a great time to create those lasting family memories and traditions that bind us together for a lifetime!

Our family has created some fun traditions over the years:

We do the traditional scripture reading.
When the kids were little, we acted out the nativity scene.
We have Christmas stockings and a tree. The tree is decorated with many ornaments that the kids have made over the years!
We always participate in our neighborhood food drive for the food bank.
For our Christmas dinner, we choose and prepare food from different countries.
We send Christmas cards.
We take lots of pictures.
We call family members that don't live close to us.
We used to bake Christmas cookies until I finally admitted that I don't like to bake. Some years my husband does the cookies now and some years we do without!
This year we created a family cookbook. Hopefully my kids will open it and at least look at the family history pictures.
At the moment, our favorite tradition is creating photo books for each of our grandkids. They are priceless and the grandkids love to see themselves through the past year. Desktop publishing has become so easy and affordable that my husband looks forward to creating the books every year.

As you can see, there are many, many ways to create family traditions. The list above is just a sampling of our family traditions. For more ideas, see these Christmas Ideas from FamilySearch!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Laura Bush and daughter Jenna at RootsTech 2015

Laura Bush

Jenna Bush Hager

Laura Bush and her daughter, Jenna, will be the keynote speakers on Friday, February 13, 2015 at RootsTech 2015. Learn more about them here. There is still time to register for RootsTech 2015.  Passes start at $19.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 7, 1941--A Day That Will Live in Infamy

Photo Credit: By USN [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 
Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. The United States had been able to stay out of WW II up to that point. December 7th changed all of that. FamilySearch has created a Pearl Harbor Memorial Page. Watch the video and learn about that day from someone who was there. Click on your ancestors tab. Who knows, you may have had an ancestor connected to Pearl Harbor and didn't even know it! Even if you don't there are veterans out there who would love to share their Pearl Harbor stories with you.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Do You Have Irish Roots?


Photo Credit: Georgie Sharp
The National Library of Ireland will have a dedicated website of Catholic parish registers available online by summer 2015. They will be free, although there may be a few records that will be behind a pay wall. Read about this coming online collection here.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Family Discovery Day at RootsTech 2015

If you haven't realized it by now, the face of family history is changing! It used to look like this:




However, the people working on family history are starting to look more and more like this: 

Photo Credit: LDS.org  Media Library

We used to work individually on "OUR" families, but now we work together on the family of mankind and realize that we are "ALL" related.

Photo Credit: LDS.org Media Library

Come join the crowd and work with your family on Family Discovery Day at RootsTech 2015.

2015 Featured Speakers & Performers on Family Discovery Day
It's going to be awesome!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

David Archuleta and Studio C at RootsTech 2015

David Archuleta

Studio C

David Archuleta and Studio C are the latest acts to be announced for RootsTech 2015. If you have no idea who Studio C is, you have to learn more about this very funny and talented group from BYU. Check them out here! This is going to be one whale of a conference! For more information, click here. To learn more about RootsTech 2015, click here.
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