Family history work is about more than dates and places, though those facts are important. It’s about more than providing temple ordinances, though sealing families together is certainly the end goal. In its purest form, family history work is about strengthening family ties through the generations—doing the work necessary to “turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers” (Malachi 4:6).
It’s difficult to love someone you don’t know, so a significant aspect of family history work is sharing and preserving family stories.
1. How did you meet your spouse?
A marriage certificate tells the date and place of a marriage, but it doesn’t say anything about the romance.