9Promoting Ward Family History Essentials of a Successful Ward Family History ProgramHow to Organize a Family History CommitteeWard Family History Self Help Guide Documentation3 Major Areas of Family History ProgramRemember: Developed over a three year period Park Stake, 2nd Ward.
10Prerequisite: 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.Unless we can we work shoulder to shoulder, most of our members will at times find the technical aspects of Family History Research frustrating.Here’s a warning, an alert, an admonishment from the Park Stake.Reader?
11Ward UnityIf 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.Do you remember when we used to have ward service assignments that included the whole ward—working together: picking cherries, thinning apples, or spraying pears? Or--Weeding sugar beats and corn rows. Even digging-up potatoes . . .Family History programs might be used by our wards to focus them toward a single goal, a goal that brings adults, YM/YW together through-out the year.We can help each other and we can help our ancestors.Here’s another quote from Park Stake’s family history documentation.Reader?
12Elder Boyd K. Packer, The Holy Temple “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.Reader?
13Ward SpiritualityThe spirituality in a ward will increase as ward members attend to temple ordinances for their own family members.Here’s a wonderful promise from the Park Stake, 2nd Ward Family History Committee.Reader?
14Elder Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov 1975, 99 “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.Reader?
15A Successful Ward Family History Program CommitteePriesthoodBishopGroup LeaderGoalsPublicitySunday ClassesYouthFHCSelf-Help GuideCard FileTempleFairLibraryOverview of the Essentials for Establishing Ward Family History Program based on Park Stake, 2nd Ward model.In the next several slides you’ll see a break-down of each of these categories.
16Family History Committee FH Committees. For this program to work properly as outlined, wards will be obliged to establish a working, fully staffed family history committee.-Essential-Leadership-Coordination-Membership—1/2 dozen members to startEssentialLeadershipCoordinationMembership
17Bishop HP Group Leader Commitment Budget Resources Testimony Encouraging Ward FairCommitmentTestimonyWard CallingsDedicated5 to 10 CommitteeSacrament MeetingPulpitParticipationBishop-A bishop can make all the difference in the success of family history work inhis ward. If the bishop is committed to family history, his testimony will shine forth to other ward members. A bishop can assist this work by:• Making sure his ward has a dedicated Head Family History Consultantcalled.• Calling 5-10 or more individuals to the Family History Committee.• Scheduling a sacrament meeting on Family History.• Giving verbal attention to Family History activities over the pulpit.• Participating in Family History activities as his time allows• Working with the High Priest Group leader to encourage Family History.• Providing some budget resources for the Family History Committee forprinting costs, publicity, temple night refreshments etc.• Encouraging an annual hands-on Family History fair on a ward basis.
18High Priest Group Leader StewardshipParticipationMeeting AttendanceFH InvolvementVerbal AttentionHP EncouragementHigh Priest Group Leader-The High Priest Group Leader has the stewardship overthe family history work in his ward. He can be a great asset to the Family HistoryCommittee by:• Attending Family History classes and activities.• Helping to instigate temple events and ordinance work.• Attending Family History committee meetings.• Being involved in his own Family History work.• Giving verbal attention to Family History activities in priesthoodmeetings.• Encouraging all high priests to be involved in temple and family historywork.
19Set Goals Temple Day Names Prepared Endowments Sealings Baptisms Set a goal: Ward and Family.-Goals make the program more stimulating.-Goals create a stronger sense of purpose.-Goals pull the ward together to accomplish individual and mutual tasks.-Dates and Numbers-Set a date and schedule a ward temple day. Plan to prepare and take familynames to the temple that day.-Perhaps you can set a goal to baptize the equivalent of your ward in the spirit world during the coming year.
20Publicity Announcements Sign-up Sheet Newsletters Hand-outs Role PlayingSacrament MeetingSuper SaturdayClassesDisplaysHands-on TrainingHands-on Research5 Generation PedigreesPhoto ScanningFile Folder OrganizationWho’s Related to WhomAdvertise! Keep Family History in the minds’ of members every Sunday.-Use announcements,-sign-up sheets,-newsletters,-hand-outs,-and role-playing (visiting ancestors in period dress) to publicize your goals.-Hold a sacrament meeting on family history.
21Sunday Instruction Modern Technology Power Point Slides Fun Graphics LaptopsBig ScreensInternet AccessPower Point SlidesFun GraphicsSunday Classes-Use modern technology enliven family history classes-Laptops, big screens and Internet access to familysearch.org goes a long ways in getting people interested in doing family history.-Lakeridge Stake building internet hub.
22Involve the Youth Ward Baptisms Research Name Preparation Temple AttendancePriesthood ParticipationInvolve the Youth-Set a day for ward baptisms and help the youth and their parentsresearch and prepare names.-Then, youth and their parents can attend the temple together for wardfamily baptisms.-Priesthood holders can baptize and confirm while youth are proxies.
23Family History Center Appointments Sign-up Sheets FH Consultants Family History Center Appointments: Should to Shoulder-Stake; BYU; SLC-Pass around a sign-up sheet every Sunday to invite members to attend the FHC.-Schedule times when ward committee members will be available to go with ward members to the center and help them research.AppointmentsSign-up SheetsFH Consultants
24Family History Self Help Guide Documentation Booklet or CD FormatHow To’sChecklistsStep-by-step InstructionsBasic ComputerInternetResearch SkillsWard Temple DatesFHC HoursWard GoalsFamily Goal FormsWard FH CommitteeNamesTelephone NumbersFamily History Self-Help Guide:-Documentation in member hands-Reinforce training and consultations-Show booklet and CD-Publish a booklet or CD for your ward members that contains how-to checklists and step-by-step instructions for basic computer, Internet and research skills.-Also, include-ward temple dates,-FHC hours,-committee members names and numbers.-Be sure to include your ward goals-Goal setting sheets for families to fill out.-We’ll take a closer look at the contents of such a Guide in just a few minutes.
25PAF Installation Computer Specialists Installation In-home Instruction PAF Installation Program: Shoulder to Shoulder-Computer specialists see that ward members have PAFinstalled on their computers and-Receive personal, in-home instruction on its use.-(New Family Search in near future?)
26Ward Card File Create and Maintain Family Names Pass-Arounds Temple-ReadyExcess for FamilyPass-AroundsSundaysComplete in WeekWard Card File-Maintain a file of temple cards of ward member’s family names.(This is mainly for those who have many names and few family members who can perform the ordinances. )-Pass temple cards around every Sunday for members to take to the temple during the week.
27Ward Temple Days Family Names Baptisms Endowments Sealings SpiritualityWard Temple Days: To work on ancestor names created within ward.-Schedule days to do family names at the temple. You can have--Baptism days,--Endowment Days, and--Sealing Days.-Those who do not have names can help do ordinance work for those who have found multiple names.-This is a wonderful way to become close as a ward and lift the members spiritually.
28Family History Ward Activity Super SaturdayClassesDisplaysHands-OnPhoto ScanFile SystemsFile Folder OrganizationComputer SkillsScrap-BookingFamily Heritage BooksFamily History Ward Activity-Work with the ward Activity Committee to hold a Ward Family History Super Saturday.-Classes and displays,-Schedule families to come at appointed times for individual goal setting and-Hands-on training on computers and Internet.-Each families to bring their own five-generation pedigree chart to use as they practice on the computers.-Set up equipment to scan photos into PAF.-Design and display family history file systems.-Find out who is related to whom!
29Relief Society FH Enrichment Night Mini-ClassesFile Folder OrganizationComputer SkillsScrap-BookingFamily Heritage BooksFamily History Enrichment Night: Shoulder to Shoulder –Relief Society-Family History mini-classes on--Organizing FH files,--Using the computer,--Scrap-booking,
30Family History Library Research Days Salt Lake or BYUScheduleCommittee MemberIndividual HelpFamily History Library Research Days-Schedule a day at the Family History Library in Salt Lake or at BYU where-Ward members with research problems meet committeemembers at appointed time for individual help.
31For those who have worked on family history in the British Isles . . . How many times have you discovered records showing an individual baptized only to later find records that indicate he or she was born weeks, or months later?
34I always thought 3 A.M. was the curfew for the serious genealogist.
35How to Organize a Family History Committee Head Family History ConsultantPublicityComputer SpecialistsYouth SpecialistsResearch SpecialistsTrainerLists and Files SpecialistSunday InstructorTemple SpecialistsPhone SpecialistsHigh Priest Group LeaderHow to Organize a Family History Committee-A ward Family History committee needs enough members to smoothly carry forth the many tasks related to a successful program in a ward unit.-Following are possible positions on a Family History committee.
36Head Family History Consultant Oversees the CommitteeSchedules Committee MeetingsDirects Ward FH ActivitiesStake FH consultantWard CouncilHead Family History Consultant-Organizes and runs the committee.-Holds bimonthly or quarterly committee meetings.-Heads FH activities in the ward.-Interfaces with the stake FH consultant.-Can attend ward council meetings when invited.
37Publicity Coordinator Bulletin AnnouncementsFliersNewslettersPostersPublicity-Puts announcements in bulletins,-Produces Family History fliers and newsletters as needed.-Makes reminder posters etc.
38Computer Specialists PAF Installation Basic PAF Instruction -Installs PAF on ward members computers and-Gives them basic instruction on how to use it.-Two or three individuals are needed who can do this.
39Youth Specialists Proxy Baptisms Merit Badges Personal Progress FHC ActivitiesPrimaryYouth Specialists-Assists the YM/YW presidencies to carry forth programs for the youth such as --baptisms for names researched in the ward,--Ancestor research,--Merit badge and personal progress classes, and--Special class activities at the FHC.-Can also serve the Primary as needed.
40Research Specialists FH Center Trouble-Shooting Consultations -Meets with ward members at the FHC and helps them with theirresearch problems.-There should be several committee members who can do this.
41Committee Trainer Trains New Committee Members Basic Computer Skills Basic FH ResearchWard ConsultationsTrainer-Trains new committee members on how to:--Run computer programs,--Do basic research and--Consult with ward members.
42List/File Specialist Sign-Up Sheets Card File FHC Ward Temple Day Temple Ready NamesDistribution & ReturnLists and Files Specialist-Supervises the sign up sheets that go through Sunday School,Relief Society and Priesthood classes each Sunday.-Sign up sheets should circulate for:--Weekly scheduled times at the Family History Center,--Those wishing to participate in preparing names for ward temple days, etc.-This committee member also:--Keeps a card file containing temple-ready family names of ward members who need help with ordinance work and--Oversees the distribution and return of these cards.
43Sunday Instructor Mini Classes 3-4 Weeks PAF Program FamilySearch Internet TechniquesSunday Instructor-Teaches the Sunday Family History class.-In addition to the standard beginning Family History Class, it is helpful to run a series of mini- classes lasting 3 or 4 weeks specializing in one topic such as--PAF Program,--Familysearch.org.,--Internet Research,--Filing Systems,--Research Techniques etc.-It is possible to use laptops and TV screens to effectively teach these subjects.
44Temple Specialists Schedules Events Temple Ready Assistance Proxy BaptismsEndowment NightsSealing SessionsTemple Ready AssistanceTemple Specialists-Arranges for ward temple events such as--Baptisms,--Endowment nights,--Sealing sessions etc.-Helps members get files Temple Ready.
45Phone Specialist Appointments Reminders Phone Specialists -Someone who may be homebound can--Make appointments and--Reminder calls.
46High Priest Group Leader Committee MemberWard Council LiaisonHigh Priest Group Leader-Sits on the Family History committee and-Attends meetings.-Is a liaison with the bishopric and ward council.
47Obviously, family history has been alive and well on the American Continent for a long time.
48“He’s searching for his roots.” Take a look at the third of three trees.The caption reads, “He’s searching for his roots.”“He’s searching for his roots.”
49“I’m only interested in locating wealthy relatives.” Can you read the caption?“I’m only interested in locating wealthy relatives.”
50Yeah, they’re a bit big, but it’s a family trait I’m proud of Yeah, they’re a bit big, but it’s a family trait I’m proud of. My grand-father was “Dumbo”!I like this one . . .
51Orem Park 2nd Ward Family History Step-By-Step Documentation IntroductionGetting StartedPersonal Ancestral FileDownload Family FilesGetting OrganizedResearch SkillsInternet Family HistorySubmitting Names For Temple WorkThe Park Stake, 2nd Ward made this very detailed, well-organized documentation available by handing-out CD’s.--I’ll show you a glimpse of each of these.--Note that each phase his its own checklist in order to keep members on track.
52Getting Started Family History Fast Start Flow Chart Goals Flow Chart DefinitionsChecklistReview the Family History Goals for the ward and meet with your family to set your personal family history goals.GoalsWard GoalsResearch GoalTemple GoalsFamily GoalsGetting Started-Family History Fast Start Flow Chart-Ward Goal: Research and prepare 1000 family names as a ward.-Ward Goal: . Perform 1000 baptisms, endowments and sealing ordinances.-Family Goal: Seek our ancestors and prepare their temple work.-Family Goal: We will research and share stories of our ancestorsevery Fast Sunday.
53Personal Ancestral File What Is PAFChecklist #2FH ConsultantPAF Self Guided LessonsPAF 123Enter personal dataPAF Self Guided ToursPAF 123Several pages of the Step-By-Step Guide are devoted to PAF-Personal Ancestral File (commonly known as PAF) is a Windows-basedcomputer program you can use to record, organize, print, share, and submitgenealogical information.-It allows you to create a computerized family treebeginning with yourself and continuing with your parents, grandparents, and asmany generations back as you are able to find.
54Download Family Files Checklist #3 Downloading Family Files Contact a relative who might have computer files on your family tree and ask them to send you a GEDCOM disk.Bring names to FHCDownloading Family FilesAgain the Step-By-Step guidelines walk users through this important process.Take note of the Checklist.--If someone has already compiled genealogy data on your family lines and enteredit into a computer program you will want to download those files into your ownPAF program rather than doing so by hand.-There are several sources availablewhere you might find family files.
55Getting Organized Binders Files Miscellaneous Supplies Check List #4 High-lightersStaplerCheck List #4Purchase SuppliesPrepare FoldersThe Step-By-Step procedures are very detailed, as you can imagine from this slide.Again, take note of the Checklist.-Having a simple filing and organizing system will make your genealogical lifemuch easier.-Playing the I’m sure I have that paper somewhere game gets oldfast.-To begin with you will need a research binder and a small file box with a fewsupplies.-Binder. The binder at first will contain only information on your first five generations untilyou have completed the Five Generation Checklist. You will use this binder as areference tool as you research. When you have completed your research for thissegment of your family tree you can print out a final record for a permanentbinder.-Files: It is nice to have a file box close to your computer to keep your supplies andresearch folders in.--It can also be helpful to have a small portable file box with ahandle that you can take with you to the library.--In the beginning it can be the same box if you like.-Miscellaneous Supplies: Keeping small container by your computer for miscellaneous supplies (pens,pencils, high-lighter, stapler etc) can save you a lot of time.
56Research Skills Check List #6 Quiz FH Terminology Record Types Record LocationsFH Library CatalogDocumenting ResearchResearch LogsQuizPrimary SourcesSecondary SourcesLocation of Death InformationAs you can see we’re looking again, at yet another Checklist.. Need-To-Know Terms In Family History. Selecting Record Types. Record Locations. Family History Library Catalog. Documenting Your Research. Sample Research Log
57Internet Family History Check List #7FamilySearch.orgU.S. Census Online RecordsFHC Census SearchAncestry.comOther Internet SitesSearch EnginesGoogleCydisListUS GenWebRootsWebThe internet becomes more and more important each year for family history researchers, doesn’t it?In addition to checklists, the Step-By-Step procedures also include:- Reviews-Online practice session guidelines, and-Quizzes.
58Submitting Names For Temple Work Check List #8PAF InsightGEDCOM FilesTemple Submission DiskOrdinance CardsSubmitting NamesGuidelinesRule of ThreeYear RuleRight of PrecedenceAgain, an example of the in-depth detail available in Park Stake, 2nd Ward’s Step-By-Step procedure manual.Review Submitting Names For Temple Work in this section of the trainingguide.* Meet your consultant at the Family History Center and run your PAF file(or a segment of it) through the PAF Insight program. See the PAF Insightinstruction sheet in this section of your training. This will update theordinance records in your PAF file to its most current possible state.
60Family 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.This is a statement prepared by the Park Stake, 2nd Ward:Reader.
61Orem Family History Fair http://www.oremfamilyhistoryfair.com/ ResourcesPark Stake 2nd Ward Family History TutorialPromoting Family History in Our Ward – Jerry Kern
62President 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.”I’d like to end this presentation with this inspiring comment by President Hinckley.