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Connect While Social Distancing: Join the FamilySearch Live Community

“We wish you peace and joy as you
connect with those closest to you. We remain committed to helping you discover
your story.” —Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch CEO

We at FamilySearch are excited to
share an upcoming new live social media series. This series will be an
opportunity for the family history community to connect virtually and interact while
many are practicing social distancing, quarantining, or even self-isolating.

Event Schedule

Instagram live events are scheduled for each Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. mountain time. A Facebook live event will happen each Wednesday at the 4:00 p.m. (also mountain time) while we endure the social limitations relating to COVID-19.

You can learn more about the week’s topics and guests below.

FamilySearch Instagram Live

When: Tuesday, May 19, at 11 a.m. (mountain time)

Topic: Learning About My Homeland

Who: Miya Jensen — The Polynesian Genealogist

FamilySearch Instagram Live

When: Wednesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. (mountain time)

Topic: Family History Games and Stories

Who: Youth Pop-Up Night with Kaitlyn Ward and Quincy Walker

FamilySearch Facebook Live

When: Wednesday, May 20, at 4 p.m. (mountain time)

Topic: FamilySearch Q&A with Product Managers

Who: FamilySearch Panel—John Alexander, Ron Tanner, Todd Powell

FamilySearch Instagram Live

When: Thursday, May 21, at 11 a.m. (mountain time)

Who: Jen Baldwin—Find my Past

Past Live Events

If you haven’t had a chance to watch past live events but want to, check out our YouTube playlist featuring some of the social lives. You can also watch a couple of the past live events below!

Why a Social Media Series?

“Our stories matter. They are one
of the richest parts of family history. Sharing these stories can provide
comfort to us and to future generations as they face their own struggles.” —Steve

Family history is for everyone, every
day. It is just as important for us to take part fully in recording our stories
as it is to discover those people who came before us. This evolving series is
meant to help you do both of those things.

What Will the Series Include?

Girl on phone on couch

The series will include questions and
answers, beginner how-tos, record helps, FamilySearch and Family Tree app tips,
family stories, and more! We hope that in creating this series, we will be
able to help you find quick ways to stay involved with family history without
adding any burden.

We want to point out ways that you
are already succeeding and give a few tips along the way that can help you make
the most of this unprecedented time. We hope to help you find new ways to
record YOUR story, find inspiring stories of others in your family tree, and
share inspiring and encouraging messages along the way.

How Can I Participate?

Man on phone on couch

Follow us on Instagram @FamilySearch and on Facebook ( to receive notifications and reminders. Share your thoughts and experience with the series by using the hashtag #FamilySearchLive when you post!

Also, be sure to let us know in the
comments how we can help you during this time. We would especially like to hear
your responses to these sorts of questions: 

    We are here to support you. What questions do you have for us?

    How can we help you while you are home?

    What would you like to learn during this unprecedented time?

    What questions do you have about the Family Tree or Memories apps?

How to View an Instagram Live

To view the Instagram Live, follow these steps.

On mobile: 

  1. Open the Instagram app and go to the FamilySearch page. You can find the FamilySearch page by clicking on the magnifying glass icon (bottom-left corner) and typing “FamilySearch” into the search bar that appears.
  2. Once at the FamilySearch page, click on the FamilySearch profile picture in the top-left corner to view current or past Instagram Lives for up to 24 hours after the stream. (If given the option to view the story or live, select live.)
  3. Alternatively, you can view current or past Instagram Lives by tapping on the IGTV icon (a square TV with a squiggle through the center), which you can find below the profile description and above the Instagram feed.
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On Desktop:

(Note: You can only view live Instagram streams on the mobile app, but the recordings will be uploaded and available via desktop. To access them, follow the instructions below.)

  1. Go to and then use the search-bar at the top of the screen to go to the FamilySearch page.
  2. Similar to mobile, either click on the profile picture or select the IGTV icon to watch past Instagram Lives.

How to View a Facebook Live

There are a few different ways to access a Facebook Live event.

The easiest way is to go to From there, you can view all previous FamilySearch Live events, including any that are currently live.

If you’re following the FamilySearch page on Facebook, you can also access live events your Facebook timeline. Live videos often show up as one of the posts on the timeline. Facebook may also send you a notification reminder when FamilySearch goes live. You can view the video by clicking on that notification. 

You can also navigate to the live video by clicking the Watch section on the left hand side of the FamilySearch Facebook page‘s screen, and then selecting Live.

We hope to grow along with you in
innovative ways as we discover, gather, and connect wherever we may be. We are
grateful for the technology we have that makes such discoveries and connections
possible in almost every circumstance. 

Don’t forget to share your experience with the live streams in the comments below!

Source: Family Search

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