21 Family History Quotes to Inspire You


"It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Who are your ancestors? What were their traditions? Each of us has a story to tell. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their parentage?”
― Linda Weaver Clarke


"I saw a circle: first life, then death. Spring, summer, fall, winter. Blue sky and storms and quilts of cold clouds occupy the same space but at different times. Memories and stories help you rebuild. Things most precious to you may be gone, lost to the wicked wind, but you remember what had been, and you move on.”
― Rachael Hanel


"When you were baptized, your ancestors looked down on you with hope. Perhaps after centuries, they rejoiced to see one of their descendants make a covenant to find them and to offer them freedom...Their hearts are bound to you. Their hope is in your hands. You will have more than your own strength as you choose to labor on to find them."
― President Henry B. Eyring


"Recounting personal stories promotes personal growth, spurs the performance of selfless deeds, and in doing so enhances the ability of the equitable eye of humanity to scroll rearward and forward. Every person must become familiar with our communal history of struggle, loss, redemption, and meaningfully contemplate the meaning behind our personal existence in order to draft a proper and prosperous future for succeeding generations. Accordingly, every person is responsible for sharing their story using the language of thought that best expresses their sanguine reminiscences. Without a record of pastimes, we will never know what were, what we now are, or what we might become by steadfastly and honorably struggling with mortal chores.”
― Kilroy J. Oldster


“Ultimately, the great truths of family history don't live in any book. They live in the hearts and minds of the living descendants. They live in the way we conduct our lives, in the passing of traditions and values to those who will follow.”
― Laurence Overmire


“..what the next generation will value most is not what we owned, but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we lived. In the end, it's the family stories that are worth the storage.”
― Ellen Goodman


"Don’t underestimate the influence of the deceased in assisting your efforts and the joy of ultimately meeting those you serve. The eternally significant blessing of uniting our own families is almost beyond comprehension."
― Elder Quentin L. Cook


“Who we are takes generations to create and doesn’t end with death.”
― Stanley Siegel


"Knowing more about family history is the single biggest predictor of a child's emotional well-being. Grandparents can play a special role in this process, too."
― Bruce Feiler


“When our hearts turn to our ancestors, something changes inside us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves."
― Russell M. Nelson


"Set aside those things in your life that don’t really matter. Decide to do something that will have eternal consequences. Perhaps you have been prompted to look for ancestors but feel you are not a genealogist. Can you see that you don’t have to be anymore? It all begins with love and a sincere desire to help those beyond the veil who can’t help themselves. Check around. There will be someone in your area who can help you have success."
― Elder Richard G. Scott


"Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors."
― Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Generations pass like leaves fall from our family tree. Each season new life blossoms and grows benefiting from the strength and experience of those who went before." 
― Heidi Swapp


"While temple and family history work has the power to bless those beyond the veil, it has an equal power to bless the living. It has a refining influence on those who are engaged in it. They are literally helping to exalt their families."
― President Russell M. Nelson


"If you don’t recount your family history, it will be lost. Honour your own stories and tell them too. The tales may not seem very important, but they are what binds families and makes each of us who we are." 
― Madeleine L’Engle


"This work is a spiritual work, a monumental effort of cooperation on both sides of the veil, where help is given in both directions. Anywhere you are in the world, with prayer, faith, determination, diligence, and some sacrifice, you can make a powerful contribution. Begin now. I promise you that the Lord will help you find a way."
― Elder Richard G. Scott


"To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root." 
― Chinese proverb


“Our stories make us who we are. And each story has its own purpose and its own reward. Each story rings true and each story is worthy of the ages. There is no such thing as an insignificant life.”
― Laurence Overmire


"Those who do not look upon themselves as a link, connecting the past with the future, do not perform their duty to the world."
― Daniel Webster


“Family history work will bring miracles to your life and to the lives of those you love.”
― Sister Wendy Watson Nelson


“Roots are, I’m learning, as important as wings.”
― Michele Huey


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A Year of FHE // This list of 21 quotes on Family History will inspire you to start seeking out your ancestors and recording your own story. This collection has inspired words from both LDS leaders and non-lds authors, historians, and genealogists.  #familyhistory #lds #templework

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