Family History Month

Celebrate Family History Month

In 2001, Congress first passed a resolution introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who wrote, "By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family." Family history enthusiasts continue to celebrate Family History Month every October.

Don't hesitate to hold your own party. Give yourself a whole Saturday at the library or Family History Center, ask a relative your burning family history questions, put some photos in an album, jot down a family story, or tell your state representative how much you appreciate your public library's genealogy resources. If you're short on time, follow these 14 suggestions for genealogy research projects you can do on your lunch hour. Explore all the resources Family Tree Magazine has to offer below!

Free Webinar

Tracing your family tree has never been easier or more rewarding—and this tutorial will give you the tools you need to get off to a sound start. You’ll discover how to research and record your family history with step-by-step advice and ideas from Family Tree Magazine contributors Allison Dolan, Diane Haddad, David A. Fryxell, Nancy Hendrickson and Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems.

Now available to watch on-demand!

NOTE: To encourage and share the fun of genealogy during Family History Month, Family Tree University welcomes genealogical societies and libraries to broadcast this webinar to members and patrons. Watch the session now!

Celebrate Family History Month at Home!

Here are a few more ways to observe Family History Month with your family. Click the links below for tips and suggestions:

Family Tree University Class for Beginners

Family Tree University is the only program that combines a friendly, accessible style of genealogy instruction—popularized by Family Tree Magazine—with a state-of-the-art online learning environment to make genealogy education rewarding and fun.

Best for Beginners

Discover Your Roots Kits
Multimedia pack providing tools for a fun and rewarding journey.

Beginner's Guide to Genealogy Digital Download
A how-to guide for getting started tracing your roots

Discover Your Roots
Everything a beginner needs to get started

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