Gathering Information

Besides relying on your memory and the memory of family members for information, another way to learn about your family is by gathering records from around your home. It's amazing what treasures have been forgotten around your home. Seek them out.

President Boyd K Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles suggested this idea:

After gathering your own information, look though it and see how much you learn not only about yourself, but your family members.  Your birth certificate has record of your parents.  Photographs has record of family and friends.  Diaries are typically full of names.

This shows you that gathering information about one individual will open the doors to learning even more about their family members.  Collect all of your records into an easy-to-access file.  Then start over with an empty cardboard box and collect information about your parents, grandparents, and ancestors.  See what you can discover about them.

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I live in the present yet feel for the past
Seeking connections and roots that outlast
The change of the seasons, the distance of time
Stories and people who I can call mine

Someone who's part of me -- Who will that someone be?

For the hearts of the children are turning
Turning to fathers they've never seen
And the hearts of the fathers are burning
With the promise of what will be

Play the song "The Hearts of the Fathers are Turning" by Steven Kapp Perry