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Training Beginners

Help beginners improve their family history skills.


Let's define "beginners" as those who are new to family history, or new to computers, or both. Those who are new to computers may benefit from the Computer Basics section in The Family History Guide. Those who are new to family history can study the Family History Basics page.


  • Guidelines—Follow the basic guidelines in the Train Individuals section above, including a pre-assessment of the learner's skills and family history knowledge.
  • Topics—Review Project 1 and Project 2, and if needed, the Family History Basics and Computer Basics topics in the Introduction page.
  • Schedule—Arrange a schedule with each student that fits his or her learning needs.


  • Computer skills—If the learner needs help with basic computer skills, review the links in Computer Basics in the Introduction section.
  • Family history basics—For an introduction to family history, review the links in the Family History Basics in Introduction.
  • Pacing—Go at the learner's pace, making sure concepts are reinforced and practiced as they are learned.

After ...

  • Questions—Research and respond to any unanswered questions that arise during training.
  • Plan—Design a plan for ongoing learning with The Family History Guide.
  • Progress—Follow up by email or social media as to ongoing progress. If the individual or family is LDS, involve the Ward Family History Coordinator.


With successful training, a beginning learner should:

  • Understand the purposes and benefits of The Family History Guide.
  • Understand the basics of family history and gain effective computer skills.
  • Know how to navigate the website and use its features.
  • Confidently proceed with family history activities.

You can also use the Course Catalog in The Family History Guide to design your individualized training.