Orem Sunset Heights Family History Center

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January 13, 2015 Staff Meeting

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RootsTech, February 12-14

Marilyn Thomsen kindly provided information on how to take the Front Runner train to RootsTech from Orem. Click on the following link:
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Staff Meeting Summary

Director Ken Fugal shared the following:

This Family History Center and the Spirit of Elijah
How do people feel when they come here to this center?  Are we the number 1 FHC in the world in the way we treat people, and each other?  I think we are close. You certainly treat me and Sister Fugal well.
When the Prophet Joseph Smith explained we are to become Saviors on Mt. Zion, he was talking about the Spirit of Elijah and its influence, which we know is very real. How do we know?
President Boyd K. Packer explains it this way:
“When a member of the Church comes under its influence, it is a powerful, compelling force which motivates (us) with a desire to be attending (our) family history work. “It leaves (us) anxious over the well-being of (our) forbears.  When that spirit comes, somehow we desire to not only know about those forbears, we also desire to get to know them. This, because there is the spirit of Elijah.”  (The Holy Temple, p. 234)
We are promised help from the Spirit World, for as Elder John A. Widtsoe states: “Whoever seeks to help those on the other side receives help in return in all the affairs of life.”  (The Holy Temple, p. 283)
So, we ask you to bring this spirit with you as you work here. Continue to be your wonderful selves.  As you pray for Heavenly Father to be kind and patient with you, continue to be kind and patient to your family and to all our patrons.

 Monthly Business:

1. New Staff Members

  • Del and Marsha Shumway from the Sunset Heights 7th Ward will be serving on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Justin Tangren from the Lakeview 3rd Ward will be serving on Wednesday evening.
  • Priscilla Stutz from the Lakeview 8th Ward will be serving on Tuesday morning

2. We encourage our staff to attend the classes offered at the Family History Center.

We have introduced a new continuing class on Monday mornings- Moms and Tots Doing Family History. Mothers can sign up for this class by calling Joy Stubbs 801-234-0860 or Marilyn Ellis, 801-735-7231.

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3. Occasionally take a look at our family history center blog: https://sunsetheightsfhc.wordpress.com/

  • Check out the new photo staff directory and make sure your information is correct. If you don’t know the password to the staff protected sections, ask another staff member.
  • Be sure you are signed up to follow the blog so you receive the staff meeting summaries.

4. Members of the Sunset Heights Stake and Cherry Hill 6th Ward are being challenged to find and take family names to the temple in 2015. If they come in for help please encourage them in their efforts.


1. Working with Patrons: When patrons bring children – Rod Cuthbert

  • Familiarize yourself with stuff in closet – We hope they have some kind of Family History experience.
  • Check out Familysearch.org – search (top of page) – WIKI (top of page) – (type) Family History Activities for Children: 3-11 – (find) Online Games and Websites
  • Toys are available- Lincoln logs, marbles, coloring materials, dress up clothes.
  • Write a story or draw a picture of grandparents.
  • A small table and chairs are available in the auxiliary room. Take patrons with children in that room so other patrons won’t be disturbed.
  • Let them know about our Moms and Tots class on Mondays

2. Tech Tips: 3 Methods to transfer files from one computer to another- Craig Doxey
How to transfer data

3. Duplicate Records in Family Tree– Sharlene Gardner

The instruction this month was on the subject of Duplicates in Family Tree – The goal of Family Tree is to have one complete, accurate record for each person who lived on the earth, linked to other records by appropriate relationships. So it is essential to eliminate all the duplicates. Time was spent understanding what duplicates are, where they come from, why they are a problem and how to find them. Five examples were given indicating where duplicates are easily found in Family Tree. And then time was spent exploring why some are harder to find. Strategies were given to increase the likelihood of finding these less obvious duplicates, such as varying the search terms (such as adding relationships) or broadening the search (such as removing an event location). The underlying message of the presentation was that you should not rely on the Possible Duplicates function to find all duplicates. It misses many. Therefore, also run a manual search by going to the FIND function on the Tool bar. Next month will be a continuation of this lesson, focusing on the ins and outs of merging.
If you missed the class or would like to review the slide presentation, click on the link:

For Your Information:

  1. The heating in the Center has recently been adjusted to keep the Center and auxiliary room warmer. Keep the the doors to those rooms closed.
  2. Let us know if advertisements for the Center are not appearing in your ward bulletin.
  3. Remember, directions for uploading photos and documents to Family Tree are under the Lexmark printer.

Center Closure:

January 19

Next Staff Meeting: February 10, 2015



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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