Orem Sunset Heights Family History Center

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September 9, 2014 Staff Meeting

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Staff Meeting Summary

Director Ken Fugal shared the following message:

When we think of ways to influence others, especially our own family members…stories are a powerful way of doing this. We need to write our own story, and have written the stories of our fathers and mothers…and our grandparents. Think of the influence they have had on your life… their faith and trials…and the blessings they received and the legacy they left us. Look for stories of goodness and kindness, of perserverance…stories you can share with your children and grandchildren.

One of my stories: my Great-Great Grandfather Andrew Ferguson was born in 1818 in Rutherglen Scotland (near Glasgow). He joined the Church in Scotland, moved to Utah and settled in Spanish Fork. He married, was called on a mission back to Scotland, and left his and his and his mother’s families, who he was caring for. Andrew had a companion named Robertson. Well, it so happens I also served my first mission in Scotland. While recently on a mission to London, I served with Robertson’s Great-Great Grandson, John Robertson. We found that out as we compared notes one day. I found that very gratifying.
Marshall Duke of Emory University states: ” The more children know about their family history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully their families function.

Monthly Business:

1. Staff Changes

* We welcome Alma Silitto from the Lakeview 5th Ward. Alma has done considerable research with Mexican records and speaks Spanish. She will be serving on the Monday morning shift.

* We welcome Penee Arnett from the Vineyard 2nd Ward. Penee will be serving on the Tuesday evening shift.

2. Next month’s staff training will be on helping patrons to add and use an LDS Ancestry subscription. LDS accounts for partner web sites are now available from the FamilySearch website. Go to the Help Center. Click on Partners, Our Partners and then the subscription you want to set up. You need to be signed in the FamilySearch to do this. If you need help before the October training call Cheryl Fugal.

3. We are the process of adding some family appropriate materials to our Center. If you have suggestions or comments, please contact Joy Stubbs.

Upcoming Classes:

We encourage our staff members to attend the classes. They are wonderful resources to help you be an effective staff member and ward family history consultant.

* September 16, 11 AM and September 18, 7 PM, Newspaper Research- Marilyn Thomsen.

* October 2, 7 PM and October 7, 10 AM, 11 AM, Using Free Affiliated Apps-Sheryl Kempton

* October 16, 7 PM and October 21, 11 AM, My Heritage- Joy Stubbs


1. Our Family History Mission in South Africa- Stan and Eileen Kraczek from Lakeview 5th Ward shared their experiences serving as family history missionaries.

2. My Heritage- Joy Stubbs  My Heritage Website

For Your Information:

1. Each of our stakes has a high councilor over family history who is assigned to work with the Family History Center. The directors meet with these high councilors quarterly to do training and discuss staffing.

Cherry Hill- Graham Norris
Lakeview- Chris Walker
Sunset Heights- Ed Ryan
Vineyard- Vaughn Worthen

2. To schedule youth groups please contact Rod and Pat Cuthbert. Suggestions for youth activities are on the blog under Scheduling Groups.

3. If someone from your shift isn’t at the staff meeting please take a few minutes to go over what was learned.

4. Make sure you have signed up to follow our blog in order to get the follow up emails about the staff training.

Next Staff Meeting:

October 14, 2014

Center Closings:

Oct 4, General Conference

Oct 31, Halloween, closed after 4 pm

Nov 26, closed after 1 pm- Nov 28, Thanksgiving

Dec 22-Jan 1, Christmas


Author: Orem Sunset Heights FHC

We offer one-on-one assistance with family history research, free access to subscription websites and classes on FamilySearch, Family Tree, subscription websites and various research topics. Open Hours Monday, Thursday and Friday: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 am to 4 pm and 6:30 pm to 9 pm

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