Monday, November 20, 2017

Enabling Families to Gather Families
Our task is to:
A. Simplify finding for those that we are helping with FamilySearch and partner products.
B. Teach them to always be sure to verify the ordinances that are identified. Because there may be duplicates, relationship problems, or data errors.
“There are no perfect families”
“You should look at the ancestor and make sure they are a real person and that you are in fact related to them. Family Tree is not a perfect tree of ancestors waiting for you to find them. It is a compilation of thousands of human submissions and there are errors, a lot of errors. These errors need to be fixed.” – Shanna Jones, columnist of Genealogist Corner (St George Senior Sampler)
The work cannot be hastened by assuming that data and relationships are accurate, or by doing duplicate ordinances. If we do these things, the work is hindered.
“Patience, Prayer, Research”
“It is the disposition of many of the people to hurry their work along in an unorganized fashion because of their zeal for temple work. Patience, accompanied by prayer and thorough research, will prove best in the end.” – Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 2, p. 209, 1955
“Because of the sacred nature of this work, members should be diligent in assuring the accuracy of all information submitted.”    “Those whose names are submitted for proxy temple ordinances should be related to the submitter.”   – First Presidency, 1995.
Verification happens with Sourcing
Source before doing the temple work.  -- Unless reliable sources are attached and duplicate records accurately merged, there is no way to tell the good from the bad, no way to determine whether relationships are correct, and no way to accurately determine whether ordinances are complete.
“Record Hints and duplicates”
The more accurate and complete the information in a person’s record, the more likely you are to find existing duplicate records. Record Hints helps you fill in information on an ancestor which helps the Possible Duplicates feature of Family Tree work better to uniquely identify them.
This also helps find duplicates because you may have a record hint on your ancestor and find that it is already attached to another person with the same name. Then you can review and see if they need to be merged, which they frequently do.
Guidance of the Spirit
You do not need to be an expert in research, but work to recognize and follow the guidance of the Spirit. He will lead you to those who can help you do things you do not know how to do today and help you to find the resources you need to help others.

Summary of lesson by Sister Lewis on 11/20/17.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Family History Center Monday Morning Training
13 Nov 2017

Sister Lewis continued her instruction from last week about Puzzilla.  She has created a 15-page instruction booklet from her PowerPoint presentation. The booklet is on the desk in the research room and gives step-by-step information on using Puzzilla for cleaning up your FamilySearch records and finding opportunities for temple ordinances.

The Premium version is available to use free of charge at the Family History Center by clicking on the Premium Websites link in the Family History Center Portal on the computer desktop.
At home, Puzzilla Basic is available online as a free resource.  Puzzilla Premium has several additional features and costs just under $40.00 a year. You can sign up online for a thirty-day free trial of Puzzilla Premium. You would need to cancel at the end of thirty days to avoid being charged. 

Sister Lewis also reviewed  Hope Chest, another finding tool for ordinances.  She cautioned us to be sure to verify the names the program finds and to make sure they are really our relatives and really do need ordinances done.

Reported by Coy Harmon

Saturday, May 6, 2017


Trainings in 2017
New title for our callings: Temple and Family History Consultant

Although the concept has been in place for at least a dozen years in helping others with their family history, since RootsTech 2017 we have been working to understand and implement the "new model" for helping others with a One-on-One family history experience. We have been given guidance, training, and some exciting new tools to do this - especially the Consultant Planner in FamilySearch. Another exciting tool is The Family History Guide ( who is now partnered with FamilySearch. The Family History Guide gives us technical training and research strategies and even geography-specific research strategies. It offers guidance to those who are beginners, advanced and in-between. It has a wealth of information and help.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Today, November 1, is All Saints’ Day following our Monday Morning Training on Hallowe’en. We had a wonderful activity yesterday, where our Training Center Volunteers dressed as and told stories about a particular ancestor. 
Interestingly enough, FamilySearch posted the following information on Facebook page yesterday: "On October 31, Hallowe’en, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide dedicated to remembering the dead. Tradition holds that souls of the departed wander the earth until All Saints’ Day."
We had a great time hearing the amazing stories about our wonderful ancestors.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Digital Files May Last Much, Much Longer than Paper or Microfilm

Luckily, digital files will last forever and will not deteriorate from use if proper precautions are taken. Simply make multiple copies of each file and store those copies in different, widely-separated locations. Luckily, that doesn’t cost much with digital files and only requires a few minutes of your time.
Of course, in order to last forever, the files also must be copied to new media every few years, and the file format must be updated (converted) to new formats, as needed. For instance, if copies are stored on CD-ROM disks, those copies need to be re-copied to newer forms of storage as the technology changes. If images are stored in JPG format, they do need to be converted to new formats as newer formats become available. Data that is “maintained” properly in the latest formats on the latest storage devices will remain visible forever.  . . .   [These paragraphs are only a small part of the article]  To read the full article go to "Eastman's on-line genealogy Newsletter" or click on "Eastmans Genealogy Newsletter" on "Favorite Links" listed at the right of these posts. Scroll down to Click on "CATEGORIES" then find the category "PRESERVATION" and click on it.  Then scroll down until you find this article.
Copyright permission to post snippets from this article were given by Dick Eastman.

Friday, January 10, 2014

FamilySearch - New Indexing Website


FamilySearch recently released a newly redesigned indexing website at, and we invite you to come and take a look. This new website integrates indexing with the rest of, making it easier for indexers to know how to get started and find the help they need.

FamilySearch indexing is the volunteer program that has already generated more than a billion freely searchable names on Changes to the indexing program over time have greatly increased the number of records that FamilySearch is able to publish. Projects that used to take years to index can now be completed in a matter of months, and as the indexing program improves, the availability of searchable records will only accelerate.

Come and explore what's new:

  • Getting started with indexing just got easier. With an easy-to-navigate Overview page and an all-new Get Started page, the new website is the perfect introduction to indexing.
  • Looking for more indexing help? Check out the completely redesigned resource guide. Now called Help Resources, this page guides you to the help you need.
  • Find projects you want faster. In the old indexing website, you had to scroll through over 200 projects, now you can click on an interactive map and filter the project list based on language and country.

The change in the indexing website is just the first step in a total redesign and improvement of the indexing experience. The coming year will see the all-new indexing program become more integrated with, bringing indexing to your Internet browser, enabling indexing on tablet devices,and much more.

Join us at RootsTech in February to learn more about what's coming. Visit the FamilySearch indexing booth in the exhibit hall, which is free and open to the public, to get a hands-on experience with the new indexing program, or attend the session "Introducing the new FamilySearch indexing tool."

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records

This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index online.

Take a look at