Why Are Some Last Names So Common?

Blank name tags that say HELLO MY NAME IS.

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…

21+ Best Family Reunion Ideas to Celebrate Family History

A family, with parents, children and grandparents, enjoy a picnic

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…

Verifying Family Temple Work is Done: the Simpler Way

Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Mesa Arizona

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…

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