Monday, July 01, 2013

My Family History Calling - June 2013

The following is from FamilySearch.
My Family History CallingJune 2013

News you need to succeed—for priesthood leaders, consultants, and FamilySearch center directors.

Family Reunions in the Digital Age: Getting the Most Out of Your Next Gathering

WrightReunion1932When my ancestors took this family reunion photo in 1932, they didn't have our generation in mind as much as they did what was for lunch, where little Melvin had disappeared to, and what time they might need to leave to get home. But, I'm so glad they took the time-this snapshot has turned into a valuable piece of my family story.

Learn more about how to make the most of your family reunions with photos and stories.

CEO Corner: Inspiring Response to Photos and Stories.
Learn about new tools to change the default portrait and to add a story to any photo.
Get an update on recent changes to Family Tree. 


Center Director News

Just as in the days of Nephi, we are striving to preserve our genealogical records. Nephi was sent to obtain the plates of brass "which contained the genealogy of my father" (1 Nephi 3:12) to preserve his heritage, culture, and religion. Today we are still seeking these records to allow all of God's children the opportunity to identify their ancestors and have their hearts turned to their fathers. Read the full article for center directors.


Personal Ancestral File (PAF) is Discontinued

Beginning July 15, 2013, PAF will be retired and will no longer be available for download or support. For more details on this PAF announcement,click here.


Partner News

FamilySearch is pleased to announce the first Tree Share certified applications for Mac OS X and iOS computers and mobile devices, MacFamilyTree and MobileFamilyTree. Charting Companion for FamilySearch is now Tree Access certified.  "Certified" means the product is compatible with and has features that conforms to our strict standards of quality. Learn more about our partners.

Family History Consultant Survey

In an effort to build a global family history community, the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would like to learn more about the interests and experience of family history consultants serving in wards, as well as family history center staff and volunteers. The information you provide us through this survey will be used within the Family History Department to better help us to share the engaging opportunities and experiences that may be relevant to you. Click here to begin our survey.


Indexing: I Once Was Lost, but Now am Found

In 1779, English clergyman John Newton published the lyrics to the now-famous hymn "Amazing Grace." When I listen to this song, the phrase "I once was lost but now am found" always strikes me, and I can't help but think of the many who have lived but who are now "lost" from memory. Read More.

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RootsTech 2013: Consultant Training Available Online

The two consultant training sessions from RootsTech 2013 family history conference are posted under the Featured Stories on the Family History Training web page on  See them by visiting here.


RootsTech 2014: Call for Presentations

Presentation proposals for RootsTech 2014 will be accepted June 17-July 8, 2013, online RootsTech is a family history and technology conference "where families connect." The fourth annual conference will be held February 6-8, 2014, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Find out how you can present at RootsTech by clicking here.

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