Staff Meeting Summary
Director Ken Fugal shared the following:
Last month we talked of kindness and saw a video about how two young men ended up giving a poor farmer two silver dollars, which he badly needed.
Tonight’s message is about how we can be a brighter light and how we can be more helpful to our patrons. The Holy Ghost and sincere prayer help us. Regarding Family History work, President Monson has said “…the first thing we must do if we are to perform our work well is to have the spirit of our Heavenly Father with us…none of us can become expert in family history work without first being a novice…this is not an easy task, but the Lord has placed it upon you and upon me.” President Monson then quoted Brigham Young: “Every good Latter-day Saint in the spirit world is busy. What are they doing? They are preaching…and preparing the way for us to hasten our work in building temples…” (Ensign, June 2014)
The story of Euclid, the father of geometry, and an Egyptian Pharaoh was then related in which the Pharaoh wanted to learn geometry in a few easy lessons, saying it was too hard a work for a Pharaoh. Euclid answered, “But your majesty, there is no royal road to geometry.” And so it is with family history, it takes effort to learn.
President Gordon B. Hinckley was then quoted: “Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time…most putts don’t drop, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration…Life (and family history work?) is like an old time rail journey…delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts interspersed occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”
You are a great staff. Continue to learn, be kind, be dependable, and seek the spirit of the Lord to help you.
1. FHC Staff
- We welcome Brent Gardner from the LV5 Ward as an assistant director representing the Lakeview Stake. Brent serves on the Friday morning shift.
- We welcome Bill Olderog from the V7 Ward. Bill will be serving Tuesday afternoons.
- Brother for Wednesday evening
- Couple for Thursday morning
2. Closing: Evening Shift on March 22 for political caucuses
3. A reminder for those who need to be gone from your shift: We realize that there will be emergency situations, but please let the other members of your shift know when you will be gone as far ahead as you can. We have tried to arrange to have 4 staff on each shift but if you are going to be gone it is probably best to arrange a sub. You can call on any other staff member. It is also appropriate for any staff member to have a spouse or friend assist them on a shift that is short staffed.
4. Calendar and upcoming classes:
1. Our Family History Center Books– Blaine Hall
Blaine Hall, who had been asked to evaluate the materials in the library, followed a directive from the Family History Operations Department that items available electronically, periodicals, old research guides, and videos and other training materials, if not being used by patrons should be discarded.
He noted that for years, a library was the major source for information about genealogy and family history, much of it on microfilm. But today electronic devices and databases have made the traditional book and microfilm library collections outmoded and outdated in many respects. Most of these formats are now being digitized and made available directly on-line so researchers can use them anywhere at any time at their discretion. The Church Family History Centers have replaced most of the libraries and serve genealogical researchers and family historians primarily with online resources. This makes book collections of secondary value.
However, because some printed materials still have useful research value, and some have not been digitized, Blaine has retained several categories of printed materials.that we can use to increase our knowledge and help our patrons with their search problems
- Research Guides. General, national, regional, and local areas. Some in the language of the country they cover. This includes some small less-well known countries, as Cuba.
- Language Dictionaries. These usually are bilingual from a foreign language to English.
- Maps and Atlases. These cover the world, countries, states, and smaller areas and specialized areas, such as parishes. Many of the maps covering the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Europe are folded sheet maps in two pamphlet boxes.
Blaine suggested that each staff member should take time to look over the three-shelf library in the closet of the overflow room and see how they might find these materials useful to them in their own research and in their work with individual patrons.
A sheet describing the topical organization of the materials on each shelf is posted on the inside of the door, and shelf labels mark locations as well. A Shelf List of each title under its topical heading is also posted on the door.
Blaine also stressed that online sources are vital to update many of these printed sources. Google searches can provide updated and more complete information about most of the topics covered by these printed sources. And don’t forget to use the FamilySearch Wiki: It is a vast information depository “for finding information about subjects, record types . . . and the places in which the records might be found.” It is a vast guide to research on the human family tree.
One suggestion to help with Google searches is to download Barry J. Ewell’s Google Guide for Genealogy for a small charge from:
2. Attaching Sources Using Tree Connect- Brent Gardner
Click on the attachment: Attaching Sources Using RecordSeek from RecordSeek (1)
The books and periodicals on the table in the auxiliary room are available for you to take.
FamilySearch has asked us to discard all periodicals and those books that are available online in the FamilySeach Catalog. We are keeping books not available online (though discarding duplicate copies), gazetteers, and books pertinent to the research in our area or any others that our staff would like us to keep. If you would like us to keep a particular book you or one of your patrons use, please let us know this evening. On March 11, any remaining books and periodicals will be recycled.
Next Staff Meeting: April 12