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Turning Hearts: "You’ve Just Got to Go!” By Carol Kostakos Petranek

Anticipation and excitement abounds in our house whenever we prepare for a genealogy field trip. Just wondering who and what we will find – and which new adventures await!

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Most Current Articles in Genealogy

Finding Magic in the Past

I never met my grandfather, who passed away about eight years before I was born, but I have always heard about his challenging life.

By Dian Thomas
DNA Revelation: Join the Worldwide Census of the Family Tree of Man

Calling All Pettys! (Insert Your Own Surname) - Join a Family Surname Genealogy DNA Project.

By James W. Petty, AG, CG
Setting the Example of Family History as a Priesthood Holder

As priesthood holders, we offer comfort and protection in the home. There is, however, one important item that may be lacking: your involvement in the salvation of your ancestors.

By Carol Kostakos Petranek
DNA Revelation: A Family History Gift From God

God has given us DNA as a cellular encyclopedia of data and instruction. Through our unique sequencing of genes and chromosomes, it gives us our family history which genetically matches those who share a common ancestry.

By James W. Petty, AG, CG
FamilySearch Volunteers Break Single-Day Participant Record

FamilySearch indexing volunteers love a good challenge and once again have banded together to obliterate a record—this time the high mark for the most indexing and arbitration volunteers participating in a single day.

New FamilySearch/Overland Travel Collaboration Makes finding Pioneer Ancestry Easier

The Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pleased to announce an exciting collaborative effort between their Overland Travel website and the FamilySearch website.

By The LDS Newsroom
DNA Revelation! Part 1: Family History Is In Our Genes!

I set out to uncover my would-be wife's family tree as I was just beginning my professional genealogy career. But, try as I might in those early years before we married in 1972, I couldn’t get past James Gleason.

By James W. Petty, AG, CG
One Billion Images of Ancestral Historic Records Rebirthed Online

FamilySearch International announced today the online publication of its one billionth image of historic records at, a feat that took just 7 years to accomplish.

Turning Hearts: “Malachi in My Life”

I would never have thought that a “minor” Old Testament prophet could have a profound impact on my life. Reading the words of Moses or Abraham helps me see the love and patience that the Lord has for us, His children.

By Carol Kostakos Petranek