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ADULT SOS Challenge  A-9  -- New FamilySearch  

NOTE:  At this time, the new program is not yet available to members of the Garland Utah Stake, but we expect it will be within the next few weeks.  Until that time, you will need to have one of the ward consultants work with you as a "helper" to give you access.

Learn to use, correct family files, connect with other researchers, prepare a name for the temple.

New.FamilySearch is the long-awaited update to the Church's FamilySearch website, and is brand new for our temple district (effective about June 1st, 2009).  The advantages of the New version are:

  • it provides a way to work with other people who are related on your ancestral lines, so that you can correct errors
    and share new information
  • it makes it easier to prepare names for the temple -- and MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL -- it prevents duplication.

For this project, you will learn your way around the website, make corrections to your family lines, find others who are also doing research on your family, and prepare a name (or more) for temple work.

Step 1 -- Find your church membership number (on your temple recommend, or ask your ward clerk for a printout).  And find your confirmation date.

Step 2 -- go online to and REGISTER AS A NEW USER.

Step 3 -- login to New FamilySearch and complete the 10-minute introductory slideshow.

Step 4 -- Once you have completed the introductory slideshow, at the Main welcome screen scroll down and click on  HELP CENTER. Look through the links under ADDITIONAL RESOURCES for an overview and answers to "common questions" 
Also click on the Training and Resources tab for additional training.

Step 5 -- At the Main Screen click on ME AND MY ANCESTORS

NOTE:  Any information about living people, which you yourself have sent to the church's database (Ancestral File or Pedigree Resource File) will show for your viewing, otherwise, it will not show and you will need to enter that information in yourself. Information from the Church Membership Records, about living people, is displayed online, but is ONLY VIEWABLE by that living person.  

Step 6 -- using what you have learned from the tutorials, and online instructions, or by asking a FH Consultant for one-on-one training, look through what has been entered into the system about you, your parents, your grandparents and great-grandparents
(4 generations).  

  • Check for Combined Records about individuals who are NOT the same person and un-combine them.  
  • Then look for other Possible Duplicates and combine those who ARE the same person.   (Be aware and cautious -- many people have the same name, but that does not mean they are the same person.  Only combine those you KNOW are the same. Relationships are a key factor -- do they have the same parents, or same spouse?

Step 7 --  If there is missing information, add it to new FamilySearch.

Step 8 -- Look to see who the other contributors have been on information for your ancestral lines.  Do any of them have email addresses or phone numbers that you could use to contact them?  Make connections with at least one other contributor and talk about differences in the information you and they have entered.

Step 9  -- For the 4 generations (beginning with YOU as a child) aAdd sources for the information shown.  Did you get the names and dates from your personal memory? or from records handed down in your family? or from a birth, marriage or death certificate?  or from a census page?  List them.  Look for other resources to prove each date.  One good source is, click on SEARCH RECORDS --> RECORD SEARCH.

Step 8 -- Check for missing temple ordinances.  If you find an ancestor (or their child, or sibling) who needs temple ordinances done, print out the paper(s) for the temple and have the work completed.  Oftentimes, our direct line will have all temple ordinances completed, but descending lines (children, grandchildren, spouses of an ancestor) will not.  Look for the "lower-hanging fruit" that has been overlooked! (children of your great aunts and uncles, etc..)

Be sure to write in your journal, as you proceed with this project, and record what you are learning, how you feel about the new FamilySearch system, and about any spiritual experiences you have concerning this activity.

EXTRA MILE:  Once you have completed all of the above for your four generations, you have succeeded in completing this challenge!  To go the "extra mile" continue working back on your ancestral lines, to the 5th, 6th and generations beyond.  

WARNING:  DO NOT send in a GEDCOM of your whole family history database.  This creates un-needed duplication and may even force the system to shut down.  You MAY, however, submit small gedcoms of one, or several, family groups that are not on the system already. Repeat to add more after checking to make sure they are not already submitted.


At our ward summer social, bring your journal  to the concluding ceremony to show as evidence of finishing your challenge in order to receive your award of completion.