Training Families

Help parents, children, or both, to use The Family History Guide to further their family history.


You can help families get started with their family history and make significant progress. It's a unique experience to watch the joy of family members discovering their ancestors and learning about their lives.


  • Who—Identify families for training.
  • Where—Decide where the training will be held: at a family history center, another public building, or in the family's home. Note : If you are training in the home, be sure to avoid one-on-one situations, and meet in a family living area.
  • When—Arrange a schedule the family that fits their overall learning needs.
  • Children—If there are younger children who can focus on activities, share the Children's Page in the Family History Guide with the parents so they can provide those activities later.
  • Trackers—Have each person fill out Tracker sheets to pre-assess family history skills.
  • Common ground—Find common topics first, then turn individuals loose on different parts of their tree or different tasks.
  • Coaching—Check in with the learners as you go—give each one sufficient coaching.
  • Mentors in the family—Find out what Choices the parents (or teens) are comfortable with, so they can mentor others in the family on those topics later on, using The Family History Guide.

After ...

  • Follow up—Check up by email or social media to monitor ongoing progress. If the individual or family is LDS, involve the Ward Temple and Family History Coordinator.
  • Design a plan—Map out a strategy for ongoing learning with The Family History Guide. The Online or Word Tracker can be very helpful in creating a learning plan.


With successful family training, learners should:

  • Understand the purposes and benefits of The Family History Guide.
  • Know how to navigate the website and use its features.
  • Confidently proceed with family history activities.

Train Youth and Children

You can help children get involved with family history activities so they develop an understanding and connection with cultures, history, and their ancestors. This can also help them as well as understanding their own family traditions and connections.


An important key is making use of the Activities pages in The Family History Guide. There is a wide variety of activities there, on the following pages:

Activities on each page are arranged by category, with resources for parents and leaders included.


Groups—Encourage parents to bring children to a group training that you are hosting.



Follow up by email or social media with parents to get feedback on the activities and how the experience went for the children.


With successful training activities, children should: