World Family History Day

May 15th is World Family History Day (WFHD)

World Family History Day (WFHD) is celebrated on May 15th, which is the same day that the United Nations observes its International Day of Families and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon) recognizes an important event in its ecclesiastical priesthood.

WFHD can be celebrated by family organizations encouraging their members to discover and post new information about their ancestors and deceased relatives, by family history centers and societies releasing more historical materials online, and by genealogical companies offering discounted or free limited-time access to their databases and products.

Today millions of people worldwide research and share their family history. Discovering family connections and history brings meaning and understanding into people’s lives. As stated in 1966 by the Genealogical Society of Utah: "In discovering ancestors, individuals seem to discover themselves and are better able to define their own goals and know what they want and expect out of life."

Suggestions on how family organizations can celebrate WFHD include holding an indexing challenge between individuals or family organizations; using available apps to photograph and upload photos of headstones in cemeteries not yet documented; scanning and digitizing old family photos and documents and uploading them to public databases; starting a history about a parent, grandparent or ancestor; organizing a volunteer effort at a local courthouse to index or digitize appropriate stored records; holding a fund raising activity and donating proceeds to a family organization for research purposes; or holding a worldwide video conference where selected individuals share a story about an ancestor or an interesting event in an ancestor's life.

History of World Family History Day (WFHD)

In January 2017, LDSAFA officers suggested that a World Family History Day (WFHD) be observed and celebrated worldwide. On November 1, 2017, LDSAFA officers and member organizations declared every May 15th as World Family History Day (WFHD), which is the same day that the United Nations observes its International Day of Families and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon) recognizes an important event in its ecclesiastical priesthood.

During the 2018 RootsTech Conference, which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, between February 28 - March 3, 2018, LDSAFA will encourage family organizations, family history centers, historical societies and genealogical companies to celebrate World Family History Day on May 15, 2018.