Essentials of a Successful Ward Family History Program How to Organize a Family History Committee Ward Family History Self Help Guide Documentation
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.
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.
“ 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
Ward Spirituality The spirituality in a ward will increase as ward members attend to temple ordinances for their own family members.
“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
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
Family History Committee Essential Leadership Coordination Membership
High Priest Group Leader Stewardship Participation Meeting Attendance FH Involvement Verbal Attention HP Encouragement
Set Goals Temple Day – Endowments – Sealings – Baptisms Names Prepared
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
Sunday Instruction Modern Technology – Laptops – Big Screens – Internet Access Power Point Slides Fun Graphics
Involve the Youth Ward Baptisms Research Name Preparation Temple Attendance Priesthood Participation
Family History Center Appointments Sign-up Sheets FH Consultants
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
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
Head Family History Consultant Oversees the Committee Schedules Committee Meetings Directs Ward FH Activities Stake FH consultant Ward Council
“I’m only interested in locating wealthy relatives.”
Yeah, they’re a bit big, but it’s a family trait I’m proud of. My grand- father was “Dumbo”!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Conclusions Commitment – Unity – Spirituality – Obedience – Time & Resources Committees – Leadership & Direction – Coordination – Instruction & Support Goals – Focus – Energize – Encourage Documentation – Reinforcement – Member Support Assistance Direction
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.
Orem Family History Fair http://www.oremfamilyhistoryfair.com/ Resources Park Stake 2nd Ward Family History Tutorial Promoting Family History in Our Ward – Jerry Kern
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.”