Friday, June 13, 2014

My Family History Calling

The following is from FamilySearch.

News you need to succeed-for priesthood leaders, consultants, and center directors.
Submit a Name to the Temple in 3 Easy Steps

Elder Cook: Hastening Family History and Temple Work in Our Day
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles makes an inspired suggestion in April general conference for all families in the Church. See what you can do to help his prophetic vision come to pass.

Recent Updates and Additions to the FamilySearch Website-May 2014
During the past month, a few new changes have been made to the FamilySearch website.Check them out.

Hinting Feature Will Make Family History Research Easier Than Ever!
FamilySearch will soon release a feature called "hinting." With this search records feature, the hinting tool will automatically search for records that match people in your family tree. Read the full details and find out how you can test a pre-release beta version.

Why We Ask for the Membership Record Number (MRN) at Registration
Some Church members create accounts on FamilySearch without using their membership record number (MRN). There are several benefits of including your MRN. If you or a ward member have already created a FamilySearch account without including your membership number, you can easily fix your account and add your membership number to it. Read this important article.

It's Not a Party without You! The Full Family History Experience
I love summer picnics-sampling all the fresh tastes of the season, enjoying a variety of outdoor games and activities, and basking in the sunny weather and fresh air.Find out what makes family gatherings and FamilySearch better!

Consultant Webinar Series Now Available
Need some help getting your members engaged? A series of webinars for family history consultants explores new tools and techniques for helping members with family history and temple work. Watch past recordings or register for future events!

RootsTech 2015 Call for Presentations
RootsTech 2015 will be held February 11-14, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. We are calling for dynamic presentations that inform and educate both those seeking to begin and those who are seeking to continue discovering their family story through technology. Presentations submissions will be accepted through June 27, 2014.Click here for more information and to submit proposals. Registration for RootsTech 2015 will open in late August. Read more about some of the possible categories for presentations at RootsTech 2015.

For Center Directors: Newly Revised Training Page
There is a new Family History Center Director page on, with new training videos and links to updated resources. Read more about this exciting new resource.

Update on Member Access to Partner Sites
In 2013, FamilySearch entered into agreements with, findmypast, and MyHeritage. As a result of these agreements, members of the Church will receive personal access to these family history websites at no cost. Read more about how this agreement affects you.

Host a Family History Fair
The Family History Department invites all interested stakes and districts to host a family history event. The event could include any of the following options: a local family history fair, a youth family history fireside or event, or a leadership training series. The classes, training, and workshops are provided to the stakes from RootsTech, an annual family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Host a family history fair, or attend a fair near you.

Success Story: Because of One Photo
A couple of weeks ago I took an opportunity to learn more about my great-grandfather James Jordan. I had never known very much about him so I felt compelled to discover more about the story of his life. Read more.

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