How often do you find yourself hitting dead ends in your family history research? I know I do. Today I read this article on the Family Search blog (yes, those are two different links) that had some tips and tricks to finding the information you need. Amazing what a few clicks and a little but of research can do when you follow the Spirit! Generally speaking, I don't usually read through an article all the way; I prefer to skim (thanks for those genes, Mom). But I highly suggest reading this article through thoroughly- there's some simple advice you don't want to miss, and I can promise you, you'll need it at some time or another.
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Elder Bednar said,
"I invite the young people of the Church to learn about an experience the Spirit of Elijah. I encourage you to study, to search out your ancestors, to prepare yourselves to perform proxy baptisms in the house of the Lord for your kindred dead (See D&C 124:28-36). And I urge you to help other people identify their family histories (David A. Bednar, "The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn," Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 26).
I love that Elder Bednar talks about "searching out" our ancestors. Yes, it takes work, time, and effort, but the the rewards are oh-so sweet. Please take the time to find them, even if it's only 5 minutes on a Sunday afternoon, and I promise you will feel the literal blessings of heaven in your life.