Staff Meeting Summary
Director Ken Fugal shared the following:
Our Standing With Father
Many in life desire honors and recognition or to be connected with people of power.
In Matthew, chapter 6, the Lord explains what really counts in our life’s performance:
“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
“Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
“But when thou doest alms let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
“That thy alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6: 1-4)
To have designations such as status or rank or position may give one an air of superiority and a sense of pride, but in the Savior’s eyes that doesn’t count for much.
Your work in this Family History Center is in keeping with not doing alms before men. It is not a work of seeking privilege, honor, or rank. It is quietly going about Father’s business. The Savior must be pleased with you.
- Staff Changes
- We welcome Everett Young, who is serving on the Tuesday afternoon shift. Everett is from the Sunset Heights 7th Ward.
- We welcome Becky Brown, who is serving on the Wednesday afternoon shift. Becky is from the Sunset Heights SA 1st Ward.
- January 18, Closed for Martin Luther King Day
- January 19, 11 am and 7 pm, class, Google Tips- Elder Van Celaya
- January 25, 11 am-12:30 pm, Moms and Tots- My Story
- January 30, 9 am-12 pm, Vineyard Stake Discovery Day Volunteers are needed who can provide one-on-one help. Contact the Cuthbert’s if you are interested.
- February 9, 7 pm, Staff Meeting
- Updating our library
Staff member Blaine Hall is in the process of going through the materials we currently have in our library in the auxiliary room. FamilySearch has asked that we discard materials that can be found the FamilySearch catalog online. We will be keeping gazetteers and other materials that are significant to our area. Before we discard anything, we will be offering those materials to our staff. If you have donated something you will have the first choice of taking it. Also, if you particularly would like us to keep something in the library that is not online, please contact Blaine.
- Printing ordinance cards from home.
We have microfilms that have recently been ordered into our Center. Remember, patrons can order films for 3 months (short term) or indefinitely (extended loan). Short term films are put in the top drawer of the microfilm cabinet. Extended films are in numerical order in the drawers under the upper drawer. After a patron has viewed their film, please make sure they return it to the correct drawer in the cabinet. Also, be sure you have patrons who are viewing microfilms, sign into the Center.
- Working with Patrons– How can we help patrons to have a spiritual experience? – Pat Cuthbert
As family history staff members we are there to help patrons with their family history and not to specifically teach the gospel. We can however help patrons to feel the spirit. One of our staff members, Genan Anderson, said that we need to do what we’ve been trained to do- ask the patron what they want to accomplish. Genan went on to share a recent experience:
A sister came in and said her goal was to find a family name to take to the temple. She said she didn’t think she would be able to because she had pioneer lines. I said that I would show her how I had been able to find cousins in our family line. At first we weren’t able to find anything but by the time the sister left she had 14 baptisms and one couple sealing to perform for her ancestors. She found two complete families to do temple work for! This sister went from telling me she really didn’t like doing family history to being filled with the glow of the spirit of Elijah. She said she would be back next week. It was probably my most successful week as a worker.
The next week she came in again and I worked with her several hours. She left the Center with 7 more baptisms and 4 couple sealings. We called FamilySearch to have temple work released to her account from a relative who reserved the work in 2007. She also found two names where the work was reserved by her daughter and not done.
Later, the sister emailed me with multiple exclamation points to inform me that she had received permission to do her great-aunt’s ordinance work. She plans to go to the temple tomorrow to begin.
Other suggestions made by staff members to create a spiritual environment were being positive, having prayer before our shift to invite the spirit and avoiding loud conversations. You might also express joy when a patron finds and ancestor to do work for.
- Tech Tips- Creating Hotspots – Don Kimball
Setting up your phone as a mobile hotspot, you can create an internet connection for other devices. Your phone can create its own secure Wi-Fi network.
FHC Presentation – Personal Hotspots
- Sourcing Family Tree – Using Amazing Research Helps– Sharlene Gardner
FamilySearch has created a lot of wonderful features and tools, some of which are represented by colored icons. We see them throughout the program on many views. So obviously FamilySearch must think they are very important. What purpose do they each serve? They alert us to tasks that we can do.
When Elder Van Celaya met with us recently, he said that on the Descendancy View, he felt the icons were in the wrong order. That we should work from right to left in doing the tasks. In other words, start with the data problems, the suggestions, hints, and then temple work.
Tonight let’s focus on just the blue (hints) and purple (suggestions) icons. These are most helpful in sourcing our information in Family Tree. So many people in the tree have no sources. As we add sources we make our data more complete, more accurate and more reliable. There is such a great need for this, and thankfully now with the record hints feature and source linker, we are making gradual progress in remedying this problem.
Tips when using Hints:
1. Details vary on the various views. Get the most detail from the Person’s page
2. If three hints show, always click on Show Details to see if there are more hints.
3. Hints are not duplicates, even though they appear to be at first glance.
4. Attach all hints. Causes the system to look for and display even more hints.
5. Don’t try to outsmart the system. Messes up the algorithm
6. Make FS Hints your first priority
Why use Source Linker?
- System creates temple opportunities
- 1 out of 10 hints brings up new information
Tips when looking at Suggestions:
- They often apply to other family members, not the person whose page you are on.
- They, too, may look like duplicates but when you click on them you will see that they are different.
What is the difference between hinting and searching?
Hinting – the more you put in the better the results; risk low of false positives.
Searching – less is more, too much info will limit your results; risk high of false positives, but has advantage that you can tweak.
Find a Record – another tool that can help you know specific events that need sourcing. Go to findarecord.com
One more thing.
The Ancestry Insider blog recently posted The Insider’s Take on the New Ancestry. If you are wondering about the new look of Ancestry you might take a minute to read this post.
(I’m finding the more I use the new look the more I find to like about it. Being able to resize the profile image in your tree is wonderful! Cheryl)