Evidence

Research is starting to substantiate how connecting to our family stories in simple ways can help people cope with the effects of stress, anxiety, depression, and find healing. The Links and resources below are a few examples of this, and we expect to see more and more material published each year. Let us know if this information is helpful and if you have more to add to the list, please tell us!

Healing and Forgiveness

Dolph Lundgren, On healing and forgiveness 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNOE0dZpHcY  

Dr. Judith Landau, Family Stories, Secrets and Survival

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F3Yyl6e_ZQ&app=desktop 

Sammy Ragnel, The power of forgiveness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOzJO6HRIuA 

Resilience

Libby Copeland, Genealogy Provides the Strength to Persevere

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-lost-family/202004/genealogy-provides-the-strength-persevere

Martha Driessnack, Who Are You From

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1074840717735510 

Robyn Fivush, Marshall Duke, Jennifer G. Bohanek, Do You Know

https://ncph.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/The-power-of-family-history-in-adolescent-identity.pdf 

Students Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey Restore Lost Memories 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeTpdqoVbUo 

Building Resilience, blog article on FamilySearch

https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/building-resilience/ 

Webinars

Devin Ashby, The Science of Family History 

https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=1485

Religion

Dealing with feelings of anxiety and depression: How doing family history can help

https://www.thechurchnews.com/members/2020-01-27/anxiety-depression-mental-health-family-history-172435

Addressing pornography: How indexing and family history can help

https://www.thechurchnews.com/members/2020-02-18/pornography-addiction-family-history-indexing-healing-blessings-174645

How these Latter-day Saints found healing through family stories after suicide, abuse, other traumatic events

https://www.thechurchnews.com/members/2020-04-27/family-history-healing-blessings-trauma-suicide-abuse-divorce-182021

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