FamilySearch Introduced "Where Am I From?" Activity

Where am I from? It is a question that genealogists and family histories ask themselves. It is also the name of an interactive online activity released by FamilySearch. It is a fun way to explore your heritage.

The Where Am I From? experience is the newest addition to a series of FamilySearch discovery activities. Users can see emigration and immigration movements of their ancestors on a map, discover their countries of origin, and learn the heritage and traditions of their ancestors’ homelands. Those who want to use this new feature must have a FamilySearch account (which you can get for free).

According to FamilySearch, this new feature contains heritage-specific data for 240 countries and provinces. Although it is not required, users with more genealogical information in FamilySearch’s free Family Tree will have the richest, personalized discovery experiences. This discovery activity will use your family tree data to provide meaningful and visual representations that are fun to explore and share.

Users can learn fun facts about their family homelands, such as the types of food they eat, popular recipes, and family and social dynamics including common greetings, gestures, and other cultural attributes.

The Where Am I From? activity includes four key experiences:

Generation: Use an interactive, global map to pinpoint where your ancestor lived.

Family Lines: View your family’s movement over time by specific ancestral lines.

My Heritage: Discover where your ancestors came from and explore the heritage of your homelands.

Timeline: Learn where your ancestors were during major world events.

This new interactive online activity is engaging for people of all ages and makes it easy for beginners to learn fun facts about their personal and family histories.

FamilySearch Experience Manager, Dan Call, said it is common to see new, teen-aged users getting totally enthralled in viewing their ancestors’ photos and stories and other interesting facts about their ancestral origins.

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