Why Are Some Last Names So Common?

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Growing up with a rarer (and deceptively simple to pronounce) surname, part of me envied kids who had more common last names – that didn’t get tripped up on during that first day of school’s attendance. But it has made me wonder – why some last names are more common than others. So, I asked … Read more

How Do Family Trees Work with Cousins?

Some of my best memories growing up involve my cousins. They’re amazing people and I’m lucky they’re part of my family – but where do they fit in my family tree? How do family trees work with cousins? Cousins aren’t traditionally included in a family tree. However, expanded family trees can be built to include … Read more

How Many Generations Ago Was America Founded?

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It’s fun to find ways to connect your family to historical events. One way to do that is by comparing time in generations instead of years. How many generations ago was America founded? America was founded in 1776, which is between 7 and 10 generations ago (depending on the definition of generation used). A family’s … Read more

21+ Best Family Reunion Ideas to Celebrate Family History

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From what I understand, family reunions can either be huge drains – or can be amazing and enriching experiences. So what are some awesome family reunion activity ideas to help celebrate family history – that are also totally awesome? Celebrating family history can enrich family reunions by adding stories, creating traditions, cooking meals together, or … Read more

Verifying Family Temple Work is Done: the Simpler Way

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Doing temple work is an amazing blessing. However, we don’t want to keep doing (and redoing) somebody’s work – we want to be able to keep moving forward in our temple work efforts. So how do we verify that temple work is done? FamilySearch uses a simple, color-coded system to indicate temple work status. Users … Read more

Genealogy in the Bible: What it is and Where to Find it

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When reading the Bible, there’s an awful lot of names mentioned. Some of them are mentioned in passing while others are listed in a genealogical frenzy. So what is Biblical genealogy – and where can you find it? Genealogy in the Bible is listed to show relation, inheritance, priesthood power, and that God is the … Read more