Take a Name LDS Family History App recensioner

What I’ve been looking for!

I’ve always found it quite hard to thread through my family tree for family members who still need ordinances done, but this app has truly helped me find those lost family members that I now can do the work for. I thought I was caught up until I did the search on this app and found I have many family members ordinances that I still need to finish! I am so grateful I found this app & hope to spread the word to my young generation who would also find this app helpful and easy!

Enabler! :D

This app has enabled me to take over 250 names to do baptisms over the last few months, and I will surely use it for other temple ordinances when that’s an option. I currently use two LDS accounts to find names for - mine and my stepfather’s - and while this app isn’t built for account hopping, it’s not a big ordeal nonetheless. In response to an earlier review concerned about the 100-ordinance limit: that’s the number the app will let you have reserved, total. Because I cannot perform ordinances beyond baptism and confirmation yet, it was necessary to unreserve some sealings and such to be able to reserve more baptisms. I am so grateful this app exists! I will be using the (optional) donate feature very soon. Thank you so much. Many of my ancestors owe you. :)

Thank you for this app

Thank you for this app

No duplicates

It found three names and I do believe they were not duplicates.

Great Model for How Gospel-based apps should work

I like how this app is free but allows the user to donate to support its development. I believe this is a great model for Gospel-based apps. Consider a donations button instead of in-app purchases, you can keep 30% that Apple would otherwise take.


This app is amazing! I have been able to do so much more temple work. The maker of this app is heaven sent. We are grateful!

User friendly!

Perfect and easy to use.

0 stars

I open the app and I say “oh I have a. Family searh account” but then I don’t go to lds church so I made 4 new accounts and I still didn’t have anything

Outstanding app for finding names

Just what I hoped would come to help me find family names. Save lots of time. Like that you pay what you think it’s worth to you. I payed a little extra to help get this app off the ground. I would recommend it to all LDS users. Give it a try for free and see what it can do help you

Mind. Blown.

Kinfolk, this is incredible.

Best family history app yet

It takes seconds to start and searches thousands of names! What a blessing it is to have found this app it's technology at its finest. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone involved in it.


The take a name app doesn't work well for me. When I search up male baptisms and confirmations I get females and many males that their work has already been done. Also, it comes up with a random number of names, sometimes more and sometimes less names. Maybe it is just my device but only a few of the people's names haven't been done.

Love But...

I truly love the concept of this app. I used it for the first time and was super excited that I could reserve a name, make the card a pdf, and get it printed at the temple in a couple of minutes. It made temple work feel so easy. BUT, it only works if you are sure all information is correct on your family search tree. I realized this when I told my friend about this app; she got her name printed only to realize that there was a possibility of a duplicate on her family search. Fearfully, I looked back at my family tree and noticed that the name I was provided by the app was actually one that had an unresolved issue. She had 3 different sets of parents written on her bio. So I don’t even know if I did the correct ordinance for her. I HIGHLY advice anyone using this app to verify on their family search before reserving and printing the name.


When Take a Name searches 24,021 names and only finds the 135 ordinances you already reserved... Lol I like this app. I would never have found the like 50 names I did without it - that would have been years of digging. Saved me so much effort.


This makes things so much easier.

No more drudgery...

This app crawls your family search tree and finds all persons that need LDS temple ordinance. What would have taken hours is completed in minutes.

Best of its kind

This app has been incredible. I showed everyone in my family history class this app and it really sparked a desire to take family history work to the temple simply because it is so easy to use! My favorite feature is how I can reserve temple work within this app which will then automatically transfer over to my FamilySearch account. This app blows programs like Puzzilla and Hope Chest out of the water! The problem is that these software programs are expensive and/or have an interface that aren't user friendly.

Take a name

Really fantastic! Shows relationship and filters out work that has already been done! I love it!

Thousands of hours of work done in a few minutes!

Wow. Great app. Works so fast. I’ve seen it find ancestors for people who were absolutely sure all their family work was done. Searches tens of thousands of names and finds what you are looking for. Try it. It works.

The Missing Link

This App is truly the missing link between Temple Work and Genaeology. Take a Name streamlines hours of manual searching work into one neat, easy search that runs in the background! My only suggestion for improvement would be to allow for more than 100 search results - perhaps as a paid subscription? My queue is currently full as I do ordinance work that is time consuming, but I could be doing other precursory work in the meantime and would pay a monthly fee to have more or more filtered search results. Thanks for developing such an incredible tool!!

Finds names truly temple ready

This app is a godsend (literally: sent to us from God!), if you want to take a family name to the temple! Before I go to the temple, I open this app, which finds me a temple ready name from my family. I hit print, stop by the printer to pick up my name slip on my way out the door, & then my temple experience is for someone in my own family tree! There is no other fam hx app that does this. Others may find names of ppl who need work done, but not Family Search certified, temple ready names. You'll love it!

Incredible app!

Where I'd felt apprehensive to begin family history, this app makes it so easy. The app does all of the work for you. Takes less than a minute to enter your login credentials and perform a search, and the app generated over 20 names and ordinances and outlined how I was related to the individuals. Very satisfying.

Simple tool

Great stuff


I found 20 names I didn't know existed! My only problem is, I wish you could do more than 20 names at a time. This app is super easy to use but it does take all day to find 20(at least for me). You can put filters on what you want it to search for and everything. Wonderful app!


What a great idea! We love it so far.

Awesome App!!!

My line has had a lot of work done. So it takes some doing to find ordinances that need to be done. Take a Name searched through 82000 records and found around 37 ordinances. An extra bonus, working on the names found by Take a Name must have alerted Family Searches algorithms to new connections for my line because right after working on the names, family search emailed me a new name as well. I've been working with a family history missionary to make sure the names are not just duplicate records. While some were, many are legit names I can take to the temple. Well worth a try!

Great app

This app is awesome

Where have you been all my life "take a name"?

I'm so excited to have this app at my finger tips to get names last minute when needed. Either going to the temple with my wife on ward temple night or doing baptisms with my son and young men. Love it!!!!

Great app!

This app is super easy to use! It's such a great concept. Within a few minutes it had found several names with multiple ordinances to be done. I would definitely recommend this app to everyone interested in taking names to the temple!

You can take family names now!

Painless solution to an all-too-common problem. I thought all my family's ordinances were done, but Take A Name searches TENS OF THOUSANDS of your ancestors (surprisingly quickly) and dig up ordinances that it would take you years to find. DOWNLOAD NOW.

Easy to use!!!

I love this app! I found 21 ancestors needing temple work done in 10 minutes. It is efficient and easy to use for those who may not be completely tech savvy.

Great app

This app found dozens of names that I had missed.

Modern Family History

I was using the app and the interface is so easy to navigate and I have such an easy time doing so. I mean, I'm laying on a couch in the middle of the Rocky Mountains on vacation and I can say I did family history thanks to this app. My favorite part is the internal Google Map where you can see where each ancestor is from and how they are related to you. I loved seeing all my ancestors from Norway and Germany. It was quite an experience and I'm very excited to get these names done. I am a college student and I couldn't be happier with an app that helped me in my family history.

Amazing App

I am completely amazed by this app! It did an extensive search of over 80,000 records and found a number of ancestors who still needed ordinances done. It linked easily with Family Tree and reserving and printing out cards was shockingly easy. I am so excited to finally have some of my own family names to take to the temple!!

Love this!

Take a Name is super easy to use. If your family search account is open and you are linked to your generations, this app finds the names of ancestors already on your family lines who are missing ordinances for you. "All of my family history is done" so it's hard to sift through the many ancestral lines to find someone to do work for. This does the hard part of searching! I do a bit of research to make sure the names it finds are accurate and not duplicates or otherwise erroneous. Super easy to reserve the name cards. Also a good tool to see when someone else has added family names to your tree so you can find sources and do additional research. Love this app!


I love the app it is really good

Works good but some issues

Great app but does not seem to be working 100%. The issue I am having is when I start a new search I select that I want to search for "female", "baptisms & confirmations" and "20 names". When the search is complete I end up with 100 names which are a mix of male and female names, none of whom need baptisms. I am using iPhone 7 if that helps. I tried it after updating the app on 7/14/17 and still have the same issue. Thank you.

So Helpful

I've been told for the longest time that all of my families work was done! It took probably 45minutes for the app so search 6,000 names and find 20 I can take to the temple! So grateful and lucky to have found this app I would not have the patience to search 6,000 names!

Hard sell for donations are annoying

Good service but the hard sell is very annoying. If they were transparent about their costs and how much money was rolling in, or if they didn't push so hard, it wouldn't bother me as much.

This app is a blessing!

I'm so grateful for this app! It makes finding names for the temple so easy. I can finally easily find names to take to the temple and make the ordinances feel that much more special!

Wow! What an Incredible App!

So glad to find out about this app. I have found no family names for temple work previously. This app found them for me while I was doing other things! I was easily able to reserve the names and there is a simple way to print the names. Much thanks to the developers!

Great App for Basic Searches

This is great for finding names. The one thing it doesn't do is vet the names. It found several names that just needed the endowment, but the sealing to the spouse had somehow already been done, clearly an issue. But it also found several names that actually needed ordinances for sure. Overall, easy set-up, simple function, quick, and easy, even on a Sunday.


This is a great app to find family members that need their ordinances done. It was easy to set up and easy to navigate.

Fast and easy

I don't review apps. Like ever. This has made the hardest part of taking family names to the temple... going to the temple. After I got a bunch of names, I logged in under my wife and she got a load of names from her side too. No family trees on this app, just hunting down people that need work done. Get it and use it.

Best app ever!!

A must have for all LDS families

Very Cool!

I have long felt I needed to get involved with researching my ancestors. This app has truly helped give me the motivation to get started and commit myself to this project. I urge all to "purchase"(donate to) the app. I can only imagine how taxing this app must be on its servers. So if people can donate they can increase bandwidth and speed up the app. Overall though great work!

Works great!

I always thought my grandfather had done all our names, this app found dozens for me to do. I am not an expert and wouldn't have found these names by myself.

Love ❤️ ❤️❤️

So easy, just know your username and password, click go!

Truly an amazing time saver.

I got pretty involved in family history a couple of years ago, but after floundering through Norwegian records from the 1600s for several months I felt lost and discouraged and eventually quit. When someone recommended this app to me I was skeptical of finding any names, but I tried it. It took several hours and 20,000 records, but it found 5 people who need ordinances--and perhaps more importantly, it got me excited about family history again. Now, when I get stumped in one branch it can show me holes in other places--in addition to saving me the weeks or months of manually combing my family tree. Thank you to the developers for creating such a useful and time saving tool for family history!

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