Director Ken Fugal shared his insight on how the baptistries of the Temples are allowing our youth to participate in this great work of salvation for the dead. Both youth and adults also have the opportunity to participate in indexing which enables records to become available online. We, as a staff in the family history center, are participating by our involvement in family history work.
April 8, 2014 Staff Meeting Summary
Recently staff members discovered a homeless man sleeping on a couch in the church. If we observe this happening, we have been instructed to not approach the individual but to call the Orem police.
- Sign In issues- Sheryl Kempton
Enlisting your help in keeping our statistics complete and accurate:
1. Help the Elders and Sisters remember to both sign in, sign out, and select Utah Provo Mission as their “Stake.”
2. Help everyone to select all of the activities they did while at the FHC. It is especially important if they were in a class or printed temple card requests to check those boxes.
3. If a person types in the time rather than using the time that is automatically filled in for some reason, remind them to use the format shown by the box.
4. Thanks to everyone for helping with this task!
- If you or a patron save something to the desktop please remove it before you leave. We have had some interesting things left on the desktops of the computers recently including a video of missionaries exercising!
Ancestry 3, Tuesday, April 15 at 11 A.M. and Thursday April 17 at 7 P.M.- Lana Herre
Photos and Stories, Thursday, May 1 at 7 P.M. and Tuesday, May 6 at 11 A.M.- Joy Stubbs
1. Working with Investigator Patrons– Pat Cuthbert
The new missionary infield training encourages missionaries to visit a family history center and see how they can use family history in working with their investigators. We invite our staff members to talk with the missionaries that come into the Center as well as the missionaries in your ward and your ward mission leader about inviting investigators, new members and part member families to come to the FHC. We have developed a protocol for working with missionaries and investigators. Please become familiar with this document. As the investigator guests are ready to leave, please give them a copy of the pamphlet titled My Family Stories That Bring us Together from the closet. Also, do not give them, but show them, the sleeved copy of an example of a family tree type pedigree chart located next to the pamphlets.
Handout- Protocol for Working with Investigator Patrons and Missionaries Staff Protocol for Investigators and Missionaries handout
Check out this link on the training missionaries have available for using family history as a tool for missionary work:
https://familysearch.org/missionary/ Under Point 3 Visiting a Family History Center is very informative.
2. Training- Research Procedures Using the FamilySearch Wiki– Allan Hale
The FamilySearch Wiki is one of the best kept secrets in all of FamilySearch. It is NOT about finding people but finding records that may have been generated about your ancestors and the places in which those records can be found. Every collection on FamilySearch has its own page on the Wiki. That page will tell you the dates the collections cover, why the collection was collected, what the collection MAY contain, how to use that collection, related web sites if any, related Wiki Articles, and even how to cite the record. You will find the link on your record under the image as “about this collection” or on the browse collection main page as “Learn More”
For the new genealogists follow the links on the home page under the “New to Genealogy” links and they will be able to get started quicker than the traditional “Jump in and get wet” method.
We invite everyone to take the “Tour” from the link on the Wiki Home page > New to the Wiki > Wiki Tour.
The FamilySearch Wiki is a collection of 77,000 + articles written by experts in that field from all over the world. If you want to contribute follow the links on the Wiki Home page under the “Get Involved” label.
Please do get familiar with this invaluable tool.
For Your Information:
- This February at RootsTech, FamilySearch announced that Church members would receive free access to Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, and MyHeritage.com. In the next few months, there will be a limited rollout. Once this limited rollout begins, selected patrons will receive an individual email invitation that lets them create accounts with each partner. Family history consultants and family history center directors and staff will be among the first to receive these invitations. If the limited rollout goes well, it is anticipated that all members of the Church will receive this free access in late summer or early fall.
- Uploading of pictures and documents to Family Tree is now working on the Lexmark printer. Instructions for this are located under the printer.
- Staff needs:
1 sister to work Tuesday evening
1 sister to work Wednesday afternoon
1 couple and individual to work Thursday evening
2 brothers to work Saturday morning
If you know of someone, perhaps a family history consultant in your ward who would be available, please let us know and we will contact our priesthood leaders.