Monday, April 14, 2014

Consultant Training all in one great place

We're encouraging the Consultants in our Family History Center to participate in the online training that FamilySearch offers us. When completed, we are asked to print our Certificate and submit it to the Director in our Center. This assignment is in conjunction with our current "60 Day Challenge", in which we have committed to assisting our Ward members in their homes to get registered on FamilySearch.org, get familiar with the Family Tree program, experience the activity of adding photos and stories to our Family Tree, and increase the number of temple ordinances done for our ancestors. 

FamilySearch is to be commended for making so many excellent training resources available to us. They can be found at this link:  
https://www.lds.org/callings/temple-and-family-history/family-history-consultants?lang=eng.

The core lessons are divided into these headings: 
1. Understand Your Calling
2. Work with Members
3. Work with Leaders
4. Prepare Names for the Temple
5. Do Your Own Family History

Additional Training and Resources are available with links to 
1. Family Tree Training
2. Family Tree Training "Sandbox"
3. Family Tree "Sandbox" Lessons
4. Temple and Family History Course Materials
5. FamilySearch Learning Center
6. FamilySearch Research Wiki
7. Family History Consultant Devotionals

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Brimhall on Family History Centers

    At this link you'll find an excellent presentation by FamilySearch CEO Dennis Brimhall on "Creating the Family History Center of tomorrow". Three videos are offered on this page, so click on the one with this title. 
    https://www.lds.org/callings/temple-and-family-history/family-history-center-director/director-videos?lang=eng

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

    New Developments in Family History are Ongoing

    I'm indebted to Genealogist/Author/Family History Service Missionary James Tanner for his prolific articles in the field of genealogy that help us stay informed of the rapid developments in Family History. Today and recently he offers these interesting and enlightening posts: 

    1. "Obituaries and Online Databases" in Genealogy's Star

    2. "I'm Getting Old Fast. What Can I Do About It?" in Genealogy's Star
    This is a favorite to me because it was one of James Tanner's classes at the Family History Expo in Colorado Springs in August, 2013 that made me start thinking about what I'm going to do with all my research paperwork and resulting reports to pass it on to my only son. After visiting with my son, I decided I would need to scan everything and store it online for access to my descendants, as he can't drag home files, boxes, binders, and books and store them or make them available to future family members.

    3. "A Quick Start to Photos and Stories to Family Search Family Tree" in Rejoice, and Be Exceeding Glad

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Every Family Has a Story

    Each day's opening session at RootsTech 2014 started with the showing of an excellent 2+ minute video titled "Every Family Has a Story: Discover Yours". I encourage you to view it here:  http://youtu.be/wxuY1lzH4h0

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

    2014 Technology Trends for Genealogy

    A couple of weeks ago Thomas MacEntee posted information on his GeneaBlogger blog about what he thought were developing trends in technology during 2014 that could apply to our genealogy. More details on each of these topics can be found at this link.
    1. Tablets and Mobile Devices
    2. DNA Testing
    3. Big Data and Predictive Data
    4. Privacy
    5. Life Streaming
    6. Life Consolidation
    7. Storytelling
    8. Beacon Technology
    9. Wearables
    10. Handwriting Recognition

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

    Watch RootsTech classes live

    The Canon City Family History Center will be represented at the RootsTech 2014 Conference in Salt Lake City Feb 6-8 by Directors Ken and Lureen Orchard and by Larry and Becky Jamison. I highly recommend that you catch some of the classes that will be live-streamed on the RootsTech.org web site as they happen. Click this link to find the schedule and mark your calendar:
    https://familysearch.org/blog/en/global-rootstech-conference-announces-free-online-broadcast-schedule/