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Family History Basic Tutorials

For Latter-day Saints

The following video tutorials are designed for Latter-day Saints getting started with family history or helping others to get started. Most videos are short and to the point, 5-10 minutes long. A handout is included with each presentation. The original videos were created by Judy Sharp and are currently in the process of being updated by Vivien Brown so that they are consistent with recent changes and updates in the family history programs.


FamilySearch Registration and Settings-Vivien Brown

Last Updated 13 Apr 2022

FamilySearch Homepage -Vivien Brown

Last Updated 20 May 2022


FamilySearch Pedigree Views -Vivien Brown

Last Updated 3 Jul 2022


FamilySearch Record Hints – Vivien Brown

Last Updated 22 Oct 2022

Last Updated Sept 2019


Editing Facts and Relationships in FamilySearch

Last Updated 11 Jan 2019

Adding Sources in FamilySearch Tree

Last Updated 30 Oct 2019


Merging Duplicates in FamilySearch Tree

Last Updated Dec 2019


Adding Memories in FamilySearch Tree

Last Updated Jul 2019


Descendancy Research in FamilySearch

Last Updated Aug 2019


Ordinances Ready 

Last Updated 1 Nov 2018

Descendancy Research in Puzzilla

Last Updated 30 Nov 2016

Family Search Web Indexing

Last Updated 24 Oct 2019

 Ancestry Overview

Last Updated 9 Aug 2019

Sharing Information between FamilySearch and Ancestry

Last Updated 30 Nov 2016


Last Updated Jan 2020

Findmypast Part 1 – Vivien Brown   –  Handout

Last  Updated 27 Jan 2023

Findmypast Part 2 – Vivien Brown  –  Handout

Last Updated 18 Mar 2023

GEDCOM Basics 

Last Updated 26 Sept 2019


FamilySearch Consultant Planner

Last Updated 10 Oct 2019


Using the Family Tree Mobile App 

Last Updated 5 Oct 2019



Important Links

BYU Library Catalog

BYU Library Catalog


FamilySearch Microfilms & Fiche at BYU

Scanner Reservations

Scanning Equipment


(BYU campus)

MyHeritage Libarary Edition

Library Edition
(BYU campus)

Find My Past

Find My Past
(BYU Library)

Saints by Sea

Saints by Sea

The Family History Guide

The Family History Guide

County Histories

County Histories
(BYU access)

(BYU access)

Sanborn Maps
(BYU access)


(BYU access)

Gateway to North America

Gateway to North America
(BYU access)

"BYU access" means that the item is accessible on BYU campus or remotely for logged-in BYU students and faculty. If labeled “BYU campus” then it is available anywhere on BYU campus, but not remotely. "BYU Library" indicates that you may only access the resource while physically at the BYU Library. (If you have a personal account with any of these sites, you can access them anywhere. If so, it is best to access them directly rather than using these links.)

*FamilySearch is accessible anywhere on the Internet, but many of the images (ca. 25-30%) require viewing at a FamilySearch family history center or affiliate library. The BYU Library has access to these images.

Info for BYU Library Family History Missionaries