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9 Essentials of a Successful Ward Family History Program How to Organize a Family History Committee Ward Family History Self Help Guide Documentation

10 Prerequisite: Hands-On To be successful, a ward Family History Program must be hands on. It cannot be just a Sunday class. Ward members need side-by-side instruction in all phases of Family History work to not feel overwhelmed by this effort.

11 Ward Unity If a ward member attends the Sunday class, has in- home personal computer help and attends the Family History Center with a committee member who guides them through the research process, family history will become one of the most exciting activities a ward can be involved in.

12 “ Genealogical work has the power to do something for the dead. It has an equal power to do something to the living. Genealogical work of Church members has a refining, spiritualizing, tempering influence on those who are engaged in it. Elder Boyd K. Packer, The Holy Temple

13 Ward Spirituality The spirituality in a ward will increase as ward members attend to temple ordinances for their own family members.

14 “Revelation comes to individual members as they are led to discover their family records in ways that are miraculous indeed. And there is a feeling of inspiration attending this work that can be found in no other. When we have done all that we can do, we shall be given the rest. Elder Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov 1975, 99

15 A Successful Ward Family History Program  Committee  Priesthood – Bishop – Group Leader  Goals  Publicity  Sunday Classes  Youth  FHC  Self-Help Guide  Card File  Temple  Fair  Library

16 Family History Committee  Essential  Leadership  Coordination  Membership

17 Bishop  Commitment  Testimony  Ward Callings – Dedicated – 5 to 10 Committee  Sacrament Meeting  Pulpit  Participation  HP Group Leader  Budget Resources  Encouraging Ward Fair

18 High Priest Group Leader  Stewardship  Participation  Meeting Attendance  FH Involvement  Verbal Attention  HP Encouragement

19 Set Goals  Temple Day – Endowments – Sealings – Baptisms  Names Prepared

20 Publicity  Announcements  Sign-up Sheet  Newsletters  Hand-outs  Role Playing  Sacrament Meeting  Super Saturday – Classes – Displays – Hands-on Training – Hands-on Research – 5 Generation Pedigrees – Photo Scanning – File Folder Organization – Who’s Related to Whom

21 Sunday Instruction  Modern Technology – Laptops – Big Screens – Internet Access  Power Point Slides  Fun Graphics

22 Involve the Youth  Ward Baptisms  Research  Name Preparation  Temple Attendance  Priesthood Participation

23 Family History Center  Appointments  Sign-up Sheets  FH Consultants

24 Family History Self Help Guide Documentation  Booklet or CD Format  How To’s  Checklists  Step-by-step Instructions – Basic Computer – Internet – Research Skills  Ward Temple Dates  FHC Hours  Ward Goals  Family Goal Forms  Ward FH Committee – Names – Telephone Numbers

25 PAF Installation  Computer Specialists – Installation – In-home Instruction

26 Ward Card File  Create and Maintain  Family Names – Temple-Ready – Excess for Family  Pass-Arounds – Sundays – Complete in Week

27 Ward Temple Days  Family Names  Baptisms  Endowments  Sealings  Spirituality

28 Family History Ward Activity  Super Saturday – Classes – Displays – Hands-On – Photo Scan – File Systems – File Folder Organization – Computer Skills – Scrap-Booking – Family Heritage Books

29 Relief Society FH Enrichment Night  Mini-Classes – File Folder Organization – Computer Skills – Scrap-Booking – Family Heritage Books

30 Family History Library Research Days  Salt Lake or BYU  Schedule  Committee Member  Individual Help

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35 How to Organize a Family History Committee  Head Family History Consultant  Publicity  Computer Specialists  Youth Specialists  Research Specialists  Trainer  Lists and Files Specialist  Sunday Instructor  Temple Specialists  Phone Specialists  High Priest Group Leader

36 Head Family History Consultant  Oversees the Committee  Schedules Committee Meetings  Directs Ward FH Activities  Stake FH consultant  Ward Council

37 Publicity Coordinator  Bulletin Announcements  Fliers  Newsletters  Posters

38 Computer Specialists  PAF Installation  Basic PAF Instruction

39 Youth Specialists  Proxy Baptisms  Merit Badges  Personal Progress  FHC Activities  Primary

40 Research Specialists  FH Center  Trouble- Shooting  Consultations

41 Committee Trainer  Trains New Committee Members – Basic Computer Skills – Basic FH Research – Ward Consultations

42 List/File Specialist  Sign-Up Sheets – FHC – Ward Temple Day  Card File – Temple Ready Names – Distribution & Return

43 Sunday Instructor  Mini Classes – 3-4 Weeks – PAF Program – FamilySearch – Internet Techniques

44 Temple Specialists  Schedules Events – Proxy Baptisms – Endowment Nights – Sealing Sessions  Temple Ready Assistance

45 Phone Specialist  Appointments  Reminders

46 High Priest Group Leader  Committee Member  Ward Council Liaison

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48 “ He’s searching for his roots.”

49 “I’m only interested in locating wealthy relatives.”

50 Yeah, they’re a bit big, but it’s a family trait I’m proud of. My grand- father was “Dumbo”!

51 Orem Park 2nd Ward Family History Step-By-Step Documentation  Introduction  Getting Started  Personal Ancestral File  Download Family Files  Getting Organized  Research Skills  Internet Family History  Submitting Names For Temple Work

52 Getting Started  Family History Fast Start Flow Chart  Flow Chart Definitions  Checklist – Review the Family History Goals for the ward and meet with your family to set your personal family history goals.  Goals – Ward Goals – Research Goal – Temple Goals – Family Goals

53 Personal Ancestral File  What Is PAF  Checklist #2 – FH Consultant – PAF Self Guided Lessons – PAF 123 – Enter personal data  PAF Self Guided Tours  PAF 123

54 Download Family Files  Downloading Family Files  Checklist #3 – Contact a relative who might have computer files on your family tree and ask them to send you a GEDCOM disk. – Bring names to FHC

55 Getting Organized  Binders  Files  Miscellaneous Supplies – High-lighters – Stapler  Check List #4 – Purchase Supplies – Prepare Folders

56 Research Skills  Check List #6 – FH Terminology – Record Types – Record Locations – FH Library Catalog – Documenting Research – Research Logs  Quiz – Primary Sources – Secondary Sources – Location of Death Information

57 Internet Family History  Check List #7 – FamilySearch.org – U.S. Census Online Records – FHC Census Search – Ancestry.com  Other Internet Sites – Search Engines – Google – CydisList – US GenWeb – RootsWeb

58 Submitting Names For Temple Work  Check List #8 – PAF Insight – GEDCOM Files – Temple Submission Disk – Ordinance Cards  Submitting Names – Guidelines – Rule of Three – Year Rule – Right of Precedence

59 Conclusions  Commitment – Unity – Spirituality – Obedience – Time & Resources  Committees – Leadership & Direction – Coordination – Instruction & Support  Goals – Focus – Energize – Encourage  Documentation – Reinforcement – Member Support Assistance Direction

60 Family History Committee Promise We promise you that if you will take the steps to begin this work and continue to put forth an effort to find the names of those who need temple ordinances, that you will feel guidance and help from beyond the veil and your life and family will be blessed. You will find the quiet joy that accompanies this work and it will greatly enrich your life.

61 Orem Family History Fair Resources  Park Stake 2nd Ward Family History Tutorial  Promoting Family History in Our Ward – Jerry Kern

62 President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov 1985, 53 “This work, unselfishly given in behalf of those on the other side, comes nearer to the unparalleled vicarious work of the Savior than any other of which I know.”


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