Take a Name LDS Family History App recensioner

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!

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.

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!

Must have app!

This saves hundreds of man hours…that's if you know what you are doing. My wife was flabbergasted. It is well worth a donation!

Amazing, Easy to Use

I've wasted my life trying to find names to bring to the temple on family search. So once I tried the app, I found names reserved them, and printed them out, all within 30 minutes! Hallelujah!!!

Simple, powerful, and indispensable

Take A Name searches FamilySearch for your ancestors with incomplete ordinance work. Tap a name; tap to reserve; tap "print" to print name cards. Boom. Done. Almost too easy. I come from long LDS lines and had never done ordinance work for my own ancestors because I couldn't find any available. In seconds, Take A Name found my 8th great-grandfather, born in 1660, and today I began his work. Take A Name really shouldn't be an app. It should be a feature of FamilySearch. But since FamilySearch doesn't do that, Take A Name fills the gap and provides essential functionality.

Never before so easy

This app is a perfect example of technology making finding temple names easy. Phenomenal.


Such a neat app, I have spent hours searching for names at the family history center. This app does all the work for you.

Awesome app!!

Everyone needs this app!! All your excuses for not taking names to the temple will fly out the window. This makes it so easy!! No more guilt in not doing the work for your ancestors!!!

This App

This is what FamilySearch is missing - an easy way to find names to take to the temple, and being able to say you only want to find people who are missing certain ordinances is a great feature. They really nailed the workflow.

Whoa! Thank you!

You guys really nailed this app! It's perfect and efficient! I'm very happy to pay a few bucks to support your development and server costs, keep up the awesome work!

Great App. The easiest way to find names for the temple!

I'm a stake temple and family history worker and am familiar with many apps and tools for finding names for the temple. This is the best. Everyone with a full or partial tree can now bring their own family names to the temple. If you are LDS, get this app.


I've spent hours in the past trying to find family names and have never been able to find anything. In just a few minutes this app found plenty of ordinances for me to do. I'm stoked to finally be able to do family names at the temple!

Great app!

This has been really useful and has made searching for names so much easier, even exciting.

Outstanding, useful, well-designed

I'm surprised someone hasn't solved this problem before. The app is easy to use and finding names is now a very quick process. I really respect that they let you pick your price to buy after you try it out (and they even let you unlock it for free if you check "I Really Can't Afford It."

Great app

Great app! Totally better than anything else on the market right now. I got to meet one of the developers at rootstech and they're really great people.


I love this app. I am in love. The TEMPLE!!

Finding a Needle in a Haystack

So much of my family history work has already been completed by others (research & completed temple work) that it has been hard for me to know where to begin. Within one hour of clicking the search button, 17,000 of my ancestors records had been searched and Take a Name found 20 individuals that still need temple work done for them. With a few more clicks I printed the temple cards at home and had them in hand ready to take to the temple! I also now have 20 new starting points to begin researching from to find more of my ancestors 😁

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