Staff Meeting Summary
Director Ken Fugal shared the following:
As we travel the pathway of Family History, we need to keep the purpose in mind. Let me paraphrase President Boyd K. Packer from his book, The Holy Temple.
To endow is to enrich, to give to another something long lasting and of much worth. This happens in three ways:
- The one receiving the ordinance is given power from God, or in other words, endowed with power from on high.
- The recipient is endowed with information and knowledge and receives an education relative to the Lord’s purposes and plans for us.
- When sealed at the altar, a person receives glorious blessings, powers, and honors as part of the endowment.
The endowment is necessary for full exaltation. This gives us the reasons necessary to find our ancestors and perform their Temple work.
1. New Staff Members:
- LaVerne Morris from the Sunset Heights 2th Ward will be serving on Thursday afternoon.
- Rudi Lehnardt from the Sunset Heights 7th Ward will be serving on Tuesday afternoon.
2. We encourage our staff to attend the classes offered at the Family History Center. We should always be learning new skills and keeping up with changes to our family history websites and programs. It’s an exciting time to work with family history!
Moms and Tots class is gaining momentum. Spread the word to the young mothers in your ward.
Most Mondays, Joy Stubbs and Marilyn Ellis, with the help of some of the Moms, work with the Tots doing family history activities while the Moms work with staff members to search out their family history. The leaves on the tree represent ancestors identified and the fruit represents names printed out to take to the Temple. This class is by appointment. Please sign up with instructor, 801-234-0860 or 801-735-7231
1. Working with Patrons: Working Together as a Shift – Pat Cuthbert
- Have prayer before the shift. Ask that equipment might function properly, that patron’s hearts might be touched and that we as staff will be able to assist the patrons who come to the Center that day.
- Smile when patrons enter the Center and make them feel welcome.
- Our staff have different levels and areas of expertise- let’s help each other.
- When someone on your shift is not at staff meeting, share with them what you learned.
- Keep your voices low and take phone calls outside of the Center. Think of the center as being like a library.
- Let patrons know when the Center is close to closing or that there will be a shift change.
2. Tech Tips: Using Multiple Browser Tabs & Windows- Don Kimball
When using the Search portion of FamilySearch.com, a common method searching through multiple search results is to click on a result, wait for the page to load, look at the page, and then click on the “Back” button on the browser. This is repeated over and over again. An alternate solution is to open a new tab for each of the search results you want to view. This can be accomplished by either right-clicking on the link and selecting “Open Link in New Tab” or using a middle-click (aka mouse wheel click). The middle-click, while it takes a little bit to get used to, loads these search results in the background while you keeps looking through and selecting more results you want to view. You can then select one of these newly-opened tabs by clicking on them at the top of the browser. To quickly close a tab, middle-click on the tab.
Note: Middle-click will not work on some links or it will load a blank tab. This is due to the way the link was programmed by the web developer. This regularly comes up with users try to middle-click on a name in the pedigree view on FamilySearch.org. Instead, left-click on the person’s name to bring up their info box, and then middle-click on “Tree” or “Person”.
Note: Middle-clicking also works on Google search results and everywhere else there is a link (except for the situations mentioned in the note above).
Another nice feature with tabs is that they can become their own window. If you click and drag a tab up or down, the tab will become its own window. Tabs can also be moved between windows by dragging them from one browser window to another.
If you would like to view two windows side-by-side, you can drag the window to the side of the screen until it shows you a preview border of it filling up that half of the screen. Release the mouse, and the window will snap into place. Here is a video that shows this on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y2YG8xydGk (I believe YouTube is blocked at the Family History Center – you will need to view this video elsewhere.)
3. The Ins and Outs of Merging Records– Sharlene Gardner
Clink on the link to view the PowerPoint:
For Your Information:
Many of our staff members are also family history consultants in wards. Here are some suggestions to help you with your calling from To Turn the Hearts.
Working with Leaders
Consultants help ward leaders learn about family history so they can share it with those they serve. Consultants take the initiative to reach out to leaders by:
- Helping them work on their own family history so they can perform temple ordinances for their deceased relatives.
- Demonstrating how family history can help them in their calling to minister to those they serve.
Working with Members
Consultants take the initiative to reach out to members, especially those who are not comfortable using technology, by:
- Helping a few individuals or families at a time to work on their own family history so they can perform temple ordinances for their deceased relatives. The most effective place to do this is in members’ homes. The ward council could determine specific individuals or families for the consultant to work with. The high priest group leader assigns these families to the consultant.
- Answering family history questions from ward leaders and members.
Some consultants have experience and skills that particularly suit them for additional tasks, such as:
- Serving in family history centers.
- Assisting members and other consultants in more advanced research efforts.
- Training other consultants
From, To Turn the Hearts, page 20