Family History Month

Family History Month

Family History Month has been celebrated every October since 2001. Find out what Family Tree is doing to celebrate this year!


Celebrate Family History Month

Family History Month

Since being passed by Congress in 2001, Family History Month as been observed annually during the month of October. The month now celebrates a great deal of promotion and recognition – from community events to lectures and workshops held by historians and funeral service professionals, there are plenty of ways to get out and get inspired.

If you don’t have time to head out to a Family History Month event, there are plenty of ways to acknowledge the holiday at home by working on your own family story. Give yourself a whole Saturday at the library or Family History Center, ask a relative your burning questions, put some photos in an album, or tell your state representative how much you appreciate your public library’s genealogy resources. You can get started by following 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!

Family History MonthFree Live Q&A With the Editors

Have any burning genealogy questions? Looking for advice on a particular brick wall? Join the Editors of Family Tree for a free live Q&A in honor of Family History Month.

Tue, Oct 17, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

Register now to reserve your spot!


Be sure to submit your questions in advance to

Weekly Deals!

Celebrate Family History Month each week with deals from Family Tree! The deal changes each week, so check back to see the new sale.

This week: Save an Extra 20% on Clearance Products!

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:
  • Honor an ancestor’s memory by visiting his or her burial site. If you’d like to remember your visit with a tombstone rubbing, make sure the stone is sound and rubbings are permitted, then follow these instructions.

Recommended Family Tree University Course

If you’re new to genealogy, this is just the course for you! Learn how to trace your family history and find your ancestors with this introduction to genealogy research with our Trace Your Roots: Find Your Family Tree course.

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 Books for Beginners

Summer 2017 Discover Your Roots Digital EditionIn the Summer 2017 Discover Your Roots digital edition, Family Tree Magazine's genealogy experts help you find the best old records, genealogy websites and DNA tests for starting your ancestry and family history research.
Family Tree Memory KeeperFrom the editors of Family Tree Magazine, this workbook makes it easy to record and organize your family history.
Googling Your GenealogyGoogle is perhaps the most powerful weapon in the genealogist's toolbox. Prepare to become a web wizard with this hour-long webinar.
Story of My LifeSave your life story for family and future generations of relatives. This workbook’s prompts help you record and share your most memorable moments, preserving your life and times for years to come.

These books and more are all available at Family Tree Shop.

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