Recently at a family history forum held for stake indexing directors, Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch said, sometimes when I’m out and about people will say, “All my family history work has been done.” Brother Brimhall said his usual response is, “Well, you know we added one million and one hundred thousand names yesterday. You might want to go back and check to see if there’s anything new.”
There are so many new things that appear almost daily on FamilySearch and other genealogical websites that it takes a lot of effort to keep caught up with all the changes. Make sure you open up the emails from FamilySearch called My Family History Callings. We also try in our staff training to share changes with our staff members. We encourage you to attend staff meetings and read the follow-up information that includes a summary of the points covered at the meeting. We encourage you to go over this material to reinforce what you have learned. It is especially important to go over the material if you did not attend the meeting. If you feel that you need additional training, please feel free to contact the presenter.
October 2013 Staff Meeting Summary
Monthly Business: Ken Fugal
1. Introductions of new staff and assistant directors
Rod and Pat Cuthbert V7 Ward, assistant directors, Monday afternoon
Gary Downey V7 Ward, Monday morning
Kathy Sherwood V6 Ward, Tuesday evening
Liliana Riboldi SH2 Ward, Wednesday afternoon
Floyd Billings SH2 Ward, Thursday afternoon
Jane Ann Trosper V5 Ward, Friday afternoon
2. The Friday afternoon shift is now open. The Saturday morning shift has been closed until after the first of the year.
Family History Calling Emails: Lynda Sorensen
It is important for each staff member to stay current with the improvements and changes on FamilySearch and Family Tree. When you receive emails from FamilySearch called My Family History Calling, it’s showing you the latest FS information and newest postings on the FamilySearch Blog. Please check out the links in the email or go directly the FamilySearch Blog at https://familysearch.org/blog/en/
If you haven’t been reading the FamilySearch blog, you are missing out! Here is a taste of what you are missing. Latest Updates to Family Tree Oct 26 2013
1. Scanning to a Flash Drive- Don Engstrom
To view instructions for scanning to a flash drive from the Lexmark printer go to the Sunset Heights FHC blog https://sunsetheightsfhc.wordpress.com/ Use the drop down menu under Instructional Helps. Go to Using the FHC Equipment and click on Scanning.
2. Teach People Not Lessons – Pat Cuthbert
To be an effective staff member as well as family history consultant, here are some suggestions:
Adapt to their needs
Ask, “What do you want to do?”
Focus on their stories
3. Historical Records on FamilySearch and Connecting to Family Tree- Cheryl Fugal Historical Records on FamilySearch oct 2013
For Your Information:
1. Monthly 2 classes are offered at the Center. These are on the first and third Tuesdays at 11am and repeated Thursdays at 7pm. These classes are for staff as well as patrons.
2. Holiday Closings
Nov 27-30, Thanksgiving
Dec 16-Jan 1, Christmas
3. If needed, feel free to open up the second Family History room.