Family History and a Full Tree. What Now?

How do you tackle family history when it seems as though you have a full tree and all the work is done? This problem proves to be frustrating for many who want to engage with family history and try out

With innovations and technology improving every day, this problem is quickly disappearing. There is always something that can be done with your family tree. Keep reading for a few suggestions to get you started right away.

Discover and Connect

two women use the familysearch family tree app to compare their full family trees.

At RootsTech 2019, Bradley D. Foster shared some great advice for those who say their family history work is done. “Until you know a story or connect with your ancestors, your work is never done,” he said.

Search for stories that can be shared on FamilySearch. One way is to read the weekly messages that come from FamilySearch with facts about family members. If you’re registered on, these messages come either to your email or your Facebook messenger account.

Tell YOUR Story

Your own story is family history! FamilySearch’s Memories app is a perfect way to get you started. The app contains prompts for you to add a document, write a story, add photos, or record audio. (It can even provide you questions to consider or ask!)

A mother and her daughter work to add memories to their family tree by going through old family photos.

This is an easy way to do family history because you know your own story—it requires no extra research! Don’t be afraid to start small. Start with the last three to five years—gather photos, stories, and thoughts, and start uploading them to

You can write about your first love, your first job, being a parent, your faith—the list goes on. Once those documents are uploaded to, they are there for your future generations to see.

It’s not just your own profile page that you can attach memories to; you can add your memories of your parents, your grandparents, and any other members of your family!

A picture really does tell a thousand words. Find the photos lurking in yours or your grandma’s basement, upload them to, and talk about them.

You can now record a description of photos. Your voice, not just your words, can tell the story. Imagine if you had one of your children describe the first time they met Mickey Mouse or jumped off the diving board. These are precious family memories!

Learn How to Use FamilySearch Memories


If you feel your tree is full and just want a quick way to do some family history work, indexing is the answer. Indexing helps create searchable digital indexes of scanned images of historical documents. This effort may not be for your own family line, but it will definitely help someone else’s family.

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