Orem Sunset Heights Family History Center

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May 10, 2016 Staff Meeting

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Staff Meeting Summary:

Director Ken Fugal shared the following:
I have been thinking a great deal regarding the significance of “going about doing good”. The Savior went about doing good: In Acts10:38 we read, “Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power…and He went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed”.

I think we should put our best efforts in doing good to our own family- here and hereafter. We are usually in a position to do much good to meet the needs of our loved ones.

President Uchtdorf, at the April 2016 General Conference, said the following:
“I am grateful that I belong to a church that values marriage and family. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are known throughout the world for having some of the finest marriages and families you can find. I believe this is, in part, due to the precious truth restored by Joseph Smith that marriages and families are meant to be eternal. Families are not just meant to make things run more smoothly here on earth and be cast off when we get to heaven. Rather, they are the order of heaven. They are an echo of a celestial pattern and an emulation of God’s eternal family. And they require our best efforts.”

These best efforts should be not only with our living family, they should also be with our ancestors, because as President Urchtdorf said, “They are an echo of a celestial pattern and an emulation of God’s eternal family”.

So, continue going about doing good. It does make a difference.

Monthly Business:

1. FHC Staff Changes

  • We welcome back Lynda Sorenson from the Cherry Hill 7th Ward who will serve on the Tuesday morning shift.
  • We welcome Stan Roberts from the Cherry Hill 2nd Ward who will serve on the Wednesday evening shift.
  • We welcome Sharon Wiest from the Lakeview 5th Ward who will serve on the Thursday afternoon shift.

2. Calendar and upcoming classes:

May and June Classes









3. When You Change Information on Family Tree, How Many Users Will Be Notified?

When you change Information on Family Tree, those watching that ancestor will be notified.
“To increase the collaborative feel of Family Tree, when you edit a person’s information, like birth or occupation, the system now displays the number of users who are watching that person. Watching means that users have asked the system to notify them when changes or additions are made to the person in Family Tree. If no one is watching the person, the banner does not appear.”










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1. Working with Patrons– Pat Cuthbert
Why the Church?
From General Conference talks of Todd D Christofferson, October 2015 and Gary E Stevenson, April 2016:
The staff were asked the question, “Suppose I believed I was a spiritual person and considered myself religious, why do I need the church?” Answers were, we need the Priesthood to perform saving ordinances. Also, as we learn to tolerate each other’s idiosyncrasies, forgive and lift each other and overcome pride, we also learn, line upon line, the things we need to become more like our Heavenly Father.
As soon as we make the decision to do Family History and Temple work, we truly are serving others in something they are helpless to do for themselves. Then, we begin to be more aware of the tender mercies the Lord extends to us without which we would be helpless in on our own. One mother regularly takes her children to do baptisms for the dead. One day, after they finished and as they dressed, a man came into the Baptistry with a batch of family names. No one was present to do them. The family stayed and did the names. As the children participated, the mother recognized the names. They were members of her own family.

2. Creating an Online Research Log– Sheryl Kempton
Sheryl’s Summary: The presentation was about research logs. I did not discuss the importance of keeping research logs. I focused instead, on what I want a research log to contain and what I want a research log to be able to do. The main things I want a research log to do are as follows: (1) Help me remember where I am in my research. (2) Allow me to have access to my research log wherever I am. (3) Keep all of my research in one place. (4) Be able to search the research log in an automated way. (5) Be able to sort the research log by different contents. (6) Be able to share my research log with others. (7) Be able to tell how a person fits in my tree, i.e. how they are related to someone in my direct line. I then demonstrated how creating a research log in Google Sheets satisfies these requirements, and how it is possible to keep the Google sheet research log open, side-by-side. With FamilySearch for easy updates to the research log. I challenged each staff member to become more disciplined in keeping a research log, and to share their own ideas in a future staff meeting.
3. Staff Training- Premium Websites– Don Kimball
Don’s Presentation:
FHC Presentation – Premium FH Websites

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New hints are generated within 10 minutes of a name being added to Family Tree. Read more: https://familysearch.org/blog/en/familysearch-working-avoid-success-disaster/

Next Staff Meeting: June 14


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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