Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pandora's Hope Chest - Search Effortlessly

Pandora's Hope Chest
Bishop Eisley recently introduced me to an amazing software extension for Family Tree. The extension, called Pandora’s Hope Chest, allows you to automatically search for ancestors who are ready for temple work. Once installed it becomes part of your Family Tree menu and works like it was originally designed to be part of the program. The extension has two controls; one arrow allows you to search your ancestral line and the other arrow allows you to “down search” or search for descendants of direct-line ancestors and their families. Once started the program moves over each ancestor checking to see if their temple work has been completed. If the program finds an ancestor who is needing temple work it outlines the individual with a dashed green line. It then checks to see if there are possible duplicate names. If no duplicate names are found it outlines the individual with a solid green line. All of the names with dashed and solid green lines are saved in a hope chest icon where you can follow up on the names with more research or send the names to your temple file.

Pandora’s Hope Chest is an extension file for the web browser Google Chrome and does not work with other web browsers such as Firefox or Explorer. To install the extension you can do a web search for Pandora’s Hope Chest or click on this link: Pandora's Hope Chest

Once you have installed Pandora’s Hope Chest, as an extension to Google Chrome, you are ready to start using it. Next, you should close out your Chrome browser and reopen it. Navigate to FamilySearch and open Family Tree. You should notice a few new icons in the menu bar. The new icons belonging to Pandora’s Hope Chest are: A little brown hope chest box, two green arrows and the word “Tutorial.” The first thing you should do is to click on tutorial and follow the directions.
The green arrow that points to the right allows you to search up, checking for ancestors needing temple work. The green arrow that points to the left allows you to search down, checking for descendants of direct-line ancestors and their families. Doing an “up search” is easy and I quickly found 55 names of ancestors possibly needing temple work. Running a “down search” is more difficult because it runs a down search on the person’s family tree that was opened in FamilySearch. So when I ran a down search on my family tree it only looked at my children. In order to do an effective down search you must open a family tree of one of your ancestors so that they are the lead person of the family tree. Once you do that, it should effectively do a search of all the descendants of that individual. I picked one of my ancestors and after doing a descendant search, found over 200 names of individuals that may be ready for temple work.

Pandora’s Hope Chest is a useful and fun extension for locating names of ancestors and descendants of ancestors that may be ready for temple work. I encourage you to check it out.

Check back soon to read the adventures of Guest Blogger, Spence Wilhelm.


  1. Hmmmm! Edward Burgoyne?? My husband is Charles Burgoyne, and he has a cousin Edward Burgoyne who passed away a few years ago. Could you possibly be his son or grandson?? We are working in family history in Bountiful, Utah as well. We are excited about Pandora's Hope Chest. It was interesting to find your blog, and see that you are connected with it, too. If you think you are a relative, could you please contact Charles Burgoyne at Good luck with your family history -- and maybe we have information to share.

  2. Can't download the Pandora's Hope chest program? Help

    1. Tell me what you have tried so far and I might be able to help you. Remember, you must be using Google Chrome Web Browser or it won't work.

  3. Please source your way up the pedigree, verifying that you are truly related to who you see on Family Tree. Then check possible duplicate records, even using Find. When you have ascertained that people you are searching are real people, related to you, with no duplicates, then run Pandora's Hope Chest. It will be a really neat tool, after you do this. Otherwise, we may be just doing temple work over and over again for people we may or may not be related to. Take care.