Finding Yourself in the Faces of your Ancestors

Find out which of your ancestors you look like with FamilySearch’s new feature, Compare-a-Face.

Family history is an important responsibility for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we have been asked to learn about our ancestors. This responsibility can be enjoyable; as we learn more about our ancestors, we learn more about ourselves.

Photo by Joey Kyber.

To help you connect with your ancestors, FamilySearch has a new feature called Compare-a-Face, which lets you upload a picture of yourself and compare your facial features to your ancestors’. After analyzing the similarities, it will tell you how much you look like each person in your family tree! If you have been struggling with family history, this can be a great place to start. If you are already interested in family history, it can add a more personal aspect to your experience.

President James E. Faust tells us, “In many ways each of us is the sum total of what our ancestors were. The virtues they had may be our virtues, their strengths our strengths, and in a way their challenges could be our challenges. Some of their traits may be our traits.” Seeing physical  similarities to and connections with our ancestors can encourage us to learn more about them. As we get to know them, our hearts will be turned to them, and our family bonds will be strengthened.

Try out the new tool here. See who in your family tree you look like, and then learn more about them! Compare a Face now!

Read more from James E. Faust’s talk “The Phenomenon that is You” and learn other ways to get involved in family history.

Source: FamilySearch

—Laura Bushman, Mormon Insights


Find more insights

Discover additional ways to begin your family history from President Packer here.

Take a look at the Mormon Insights article “Family History: More Than Work for the Dead” to read more about personal experiences with family history.

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