Saturday, August 24, 2013

My Family History Calling Newsletter - August 2013

The following is from FamilySearch.

CEO Corner: Finding Ancestor Records Directly from Family Tree
Dennis Brimhall-190

In my 18 months at the helm, I've been excited about all the new features we have been releasing here at FamilySearch. However, we have a new search function that is one of the most effective new tools that FamilySearch has ever created: search records within an ancestor page in FamilySearch Family Tree.
New Enhancements to Photos and Stories
FamilySearch's Search Has Been Improved!
It's Not a Race; It's a Journey: Five Ways Logging In Can Help You
Family Tree Includes Temple Opportunities List
The Temple Opportunities page lists ancestors for whom temple ordinances are available and allows you to access their information in Family Tree. Learn more about changes to the Temple Opportunities list by clicking this link.
Fresh from the Vault
New collections are added each week to FamilySearch. Collections that are marked with a camera indicate collections for which digitized images are available. Collections marked with "Browse Images" have not been indexed yet but are available for browsing. These collections have helps added to assist you in narrowing your search to specific times, places, and record types. Click here to see the new collections. When you get to the page, click on the Last Updated link above the collection dates to see the newest collections.
Register to Attend RootsTech February 6-8, 2014
Hosted by FamilySearch, RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover and share their family stories and connections through technology. Family history consultants can attend the full conference for just $99. Register at, and use the promo code CONSULT14.
Host a Family History Fair in 2014
The Family History Department invites all interested stakes to host a local family history fair, with classes provided from RootsTech, an annual family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Learn more and sign up at
Center Director's News-August
Last month, we discussed the wonderful opportunity that we have to better use Church equipment in family history centers to assist both family history and missionary efforts. The new missionary initiatives have generated some great discussion, which has prompted us to clarify related policies. Click here to read more.
Updated Family History Center Operations Guide Now Available Online
The updated Family History Center Operations Guide (July 2013) is now available online. In the Operations Guide, you will find the latest information about how to run a successful family history center. Read more about this new Family History Center Operations Guide.
Can You Influence Primary Children in Your Ward?
Can you influence Primary children in your ward? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" There are resources that can help you understand how children can be involved in their family history.Learn more about these wonderful resources.
A Blessing from the Trash Can
This remarkable story begins with the discovery of a Bible that is nearly two centuries old. It was found in a trash can in a back alley in San Diego, California. Read the story of its journey from the trash can to its rightful heirs and all the individual people involved make for a fascinating story of discovery and reconnections.

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