Orem Sunset Heights Family History Center

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January 10, 2017 Staff Training

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Director Brent Gardner shared the following:

Our responsibility in the Family History Center is to help others discover their families and submit their names for temple ordinances.  This can bring joy to us and to our patrons.  As Elder Quentin L. Cook has counseled:

“Never forget that family history—and the temple ordinances enabled by it—is an essential part of the work of salvation and that participation in this sacred work for the dead blesses the lives of the living. It strengthens our faith in and commitment to the gospel, helps us resist temptation, draws our families closer together, and strengthens our wards and stakes.

As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I promise that if you look beyond the bonds of time and mortality and help those who cannot help themselves, you will be blessed with more closeness and joy in your family and with the divine protection afforded those who are faithful in His service.”


  1. Guest Brian Romrell solicited help from our staff members at the Lakeview and Vineyard Family Discovery Day, Saturday, January 21.
  2. Staffing: Steve Jones from SH5 has now joined our staff and will work on Wednesday mornings.

We have a need for more staff on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon.

  1. We have a new printer for the main room. Don Kimball will install it soon.
  2. Sharlene talked about our Family History Center Blog, encouraging everyone to subscribe to the blog, if they haven’t done so previously. You can also bookmark the blog on their home computers.  Each shift should take note of who missed the meeting and encourage then to read the staff meeting summary posted each month after the meeting.
  3. A sign-up sheet was circulated soliciting topic suggestions for patron classes, tech tips, and staff training.


January 17, 11 am & 7 pm, Mary Ryan, “Obscure Elements in FamilySearch”

January 21, 9 am to 12 noon, Family Discovery Day Fair (Vineyard & Lakeview stakes)

February 7, 11 am & 7 pm, Larry Jensen, “Alternate Ways of Attaching Sources”

February 8-11, RootsTech Conference

February 13, 11:30 am, Moms and Tots

February 14, 7 pm, Staff Meeting

February 21, 11 am & 7 pm, Elder James Tanner, “Standardization”


Working with Patrons:  Pat Cuthbert, “Housekeeping.”


Keeping Our Center Clean and Tidy
Two of the things that distinguish our Temples are quiet beauty and cleanliness. As an extension of that, we would like to keep our Center clean and tidy and for the most part quiet.
If you arrive and the walks are icy, you can find deicer and a shovel either inside the door or in the janitorial closet down the first left hall just before the gym doors. We don’t want any Staff or patrons in danger of falling.  Of course if it is deep or heavy, it is cleaned for us.
The desks and computers are cleaned weekly.  To protect us all, at the beginning of each shift, please use the disinfectant wipes found in the microfilm machine closet. Wipe off your mouse and keyboard and two others.
Also, use the sticky roller in the paper supplies closet to roll up any floor debris at the end of your shift. Chairs should be pushed in, computers straight, feet boosters up on side between tables and things generally tidy as you leave. We so appreciate your willingness to serve in this Dedicated Center.

Tech Tip:  Don Kussee, “Multi-pane windows.”

Splitting the screen in two so different web sites can be seen at the same time makes the comparison of the data or copying the data easier. This is done 1. By left clicking  “restore down” icon (the middle Window control icon between the “minimize” and “Close”) resizing the window to be half the screen. 2. Right clicking the browser icon on the task bar and choosing “new Window” a second instance of the web browser is created. 3. Repeat step 1 for the second web browser and you can display both web browsers at the same time on the same screen.

Staff Training:  Larry Jensen, “FamilySearch Wiki.”

 The Research WIKI can

  1. Help you begin your family Work
  2. Help choose a record to search
  3. Help you find sources for a record
  4. Help you learn how to interpret and use a record: languages, script, etc.


Family Tree 

The View My Relationship link will be updated to calculate the relationship between you and a specific person in your tree. In some cases the search parameter has been expanded from the current 4 generations up and 1 generation down to 15 generations in both directions.

You may be related to an ancestor in more than one way, including through a spouse. Family Tree will show you the relationship that is calculated first.

Updates to Memories

  • In the Gallery view, you can now hover over a thumbnail to preview a larger image.
  • In the Gallery list view, you can now add a title.
  • In the Gallery list view, you can now see whether an image has been restricted:
  • When you are looking at a specific memory, you have the option of adding another location or performing other actions (favorites, sharing options, and other functions) will also appear.


Next staff meeting: Tuesday, February 7, 2017


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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