Saturday, June 24, 2017

How do you get Youth to encourage Less Actives and Converts to do Family HIstory?

We are always trying to come up with innovative ways to involve Young Women and Young Men in Family History.  We have started encouraging extending callings them to become Temple and Family History Consultants.  With: 

This is an almost instant training program to get them off and running, to teaching them how to use the Consultant planner

They can become a Ward Hero in 5 minutes as it shows them how to find instant successes, i.e., Temple Opportunities, Find a Grave records and Vital Records to attach to files, Memories of Pioneers and War Heroes to attach are easily pointed out to them for "click on me" instant access.

Their confidence  increases as their success record increases and exudes smiles on their audience.  It's a blessing to see!  So to complete the invitation, I created some cards to get them excited about coming in and experiencing Find, Take and Teach.  Here is a picture of what the Young Women could create to take to less actives and new converts.

When someone has a fan chart on their wall, those spirits, no doubt, reach out to them from beyond the veil and remind them that they are still there everytime the person walks by the chart.    I'm convinced that most people don't know how to get started and just need an invitation. Having your ancestors greet you daily will help us not to forget the great sacrifices they made for us to be here today. My favorite is the one on the lower 

I will scan these into a pdf and upload them to our blogs at and  I hope these bring you joy and rallied interest in family history which will bring the Lord's work to Pass.  You can download these if you want to make some cards with a fan chart.

Blessings to all!

Br Ted and Sr Karen Meyer,
North America South West
Temple and Family History Consultants
Scottsdale Coordinating Council
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Let me paint the picture.  You are at a Ward Council meeting and the Bishop looks to you for support - for a report on how the Ward is doing with Family History.  What is your progress?  What are the Consultants working on?  Wouldn't you like to have the answers?

Wouldn't you like to say, "We have 35% increased activity this month with 7 Consultants actively calling and scheduling appointments to go over the Consultant Planner with the members.  Last Month we taught 6 people to add a memory and source their records this month we  taught 11".  This month we got 12 fan charts on the walls of inactive members so they can bond with their ancestors".

This template will allow you to get the numbers and every month, when the Consultants share the template on a -  they can make calls, find out information and log it here.  At the Bottom, it tallies all the logistical information and when you click on report, it shows a printable  report that is already formatted.

This template allows for the Lead TFHC to print a report at the end of the month just by clicking on the tab at the bottom


1.  You add your Ward name at the bottom of the 1st page, add the date

2.  When you add your consultant's names at the bottom of the template at F494 they become a drop down list
in the top of the template so that they can document with their own name as they work with people

3.  You can choose what skills you want  your Ward to learn, these are at the bottom of this report and they form a drop down list of skills that the Consultant worked with, which he or she can click on to update the file.

4.  It will also keep track of:

1.   how many fan charts we have placed in homes,
2.   how many people need someone to help them do ordinances,
3.   How many people learned how to upload a Memory (picture, story, audio file of relative interview)
4.   How many people learned to properly source their documentation.
5.   And for leadership, who has expressed an interest in wanting to help others learn how to do family history.
6.   Opportunities to see the need for training of Consultants, when they pass off a member because they didn't know how to train in an area.

Now you have numbers to talk about in Ward Council.  You just became a Hero for your Ward.   Don't you feel great?

This has been a great help to other Stakes - I hope you will let me know how it is improving yours!


Here are the instructions in a Powerpoint Format!AjS2RGb0p-4PgQschXN0kLGyzuFW

Here are the instructions in a PDF format!AjS2RGb0p-4PgQ2hTGwqeThJijmS

When you access the template, make sure you download it first to your Excel and save it as your ward template first.  So you have a back up if needed


Email us at - let us know how you are doing!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

New Apps - changing the face of Family HIstory Research

I am always looking for new innovative technology to make the research more intriguing.  I feel like if I get excited about an app, my enthusiasm will be contagious!  On that vein, I will forge ahead and scout them out for you.  I'll do this as a series - so whenever you see the Subject New will know what this is about.

Today, James Tanner, who works in Family History in Provo and Mesa turned me on to a new app called "All the stories"


Here are the steps for success:

They have several apps which can help you - In the search area type in All The Stories.

They will have you log into Family Search through their portal.  Click on any blue DOT and find out about your family.
On the left is a list of all your ancestors with a description of who it is in your family who was famous enough to get their biography written down.



Friday, May 26, 2017

Area Temple and Family History Consultants - Scottsdale, Gilbert, Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe

I may have missed a city!  Please let me know what your area covers so that I can label your picture from our meeting correctly.   I feel like we are missing some from our meeting.  If others have pictures, please send them.    This is from our April 27, 2017 meeting with Our Family Search Area Manager, Brent Summerhays.

Brother and Sister Melville

Brother and Sister Meyer

Brother and Sister Mortensen

Brother and Sister Peterson

Brother and Sister Schults
Sister Haws and Brent Summerhays

We need pictures of the Karchners, Kemptons and Calls

As we follow the Six Steps that the First Presidency laid out,  with Heavenly Father's help, we will bring so much joy into  others' lives.

1.  Prepare Spiritually
2.  Discover their Goals
3.  Access their tree
4.  Deliver a personalized lesson plan with the Consultant Planner
5.  Point them to the Temple
6.  Find others to teach.

We always enjoy their excitement at learning something new and always ask, "Who will you share what you've learned here with?".  If they say it, they will do it.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The 110 Rule - it's importance and explanation

James Tanner pretty much explains this rule to a tee!  His explanation comes from a 2015 Roots Tech update, but it is still prevalent today.

#RootsTech Update -- Discussion about the LDS 110 Year Rule

In doing Temple ordinances members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been asked to observe what is called "the 110 Year Rule." The rule is currently stated as follows:
110 Year Rule:

To do ordinances for a deceased person who was born in the last 110 years, the following requirements must be met.
  • The person must have been deceased for at least one year.
  • You must either be one of the closest living relatives, or you must obtain permission from one of the closest living relatives. If you are not a spouse, child, parent, or sibling of the deceased, please obtain permission from one of the closest living relatives before doing the ordinances. The closest living relatives are an undivorced spouse (the spouse to whom the individual was married when he or she died), an adult child, a parent, or a brother or sister.
Verbal approval is acceptable. Family members should work together to determine when the ordinances will be done and who will do them.
 If you work with patrons at a major Family History Library or Center as I do, you will quickly understand the need for such a rule. Many times, people who are unrelated to the deceased person will find the availability of the ordinance work and perform the ordinances. This often causes extreme emotional distress to the close relatives who cannot understand why someone who was unrelated or even only distantly related would do the Temple work for someone else's father or mother, brother or sister, etc. Unfortunately, in the scramble to find "Green Arrows," the Rule is frequently ignored.

At the recent RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, there was an undercurrent of discussion about this subject. I find this the topic of discussion constant among Church members as they focus on doing their family history. In fact, I was asked a question about the Rule just last night at a presentation my wife and I did in a ward here in Provo.

I have heard that the standards for complying with this 110 Year Rule may be tightened considerably by adding the requirement that the permission required be in writing and submitted for review before the work can be done. In addition, the identity of any person violating the rule will be available to FamilySearch and follow-up discipline may be imposed for any violation, including cutting off access to

From my standpoint I certainly agree that more stringent measures should be taken. I have personally had to deal with grief-stricken members whose own parents' ordinances were done without permission and only shortly after death. I laud any efforts to tighten the requirements and impose penalties for violations.

Above Explanation from James Tanner's website

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So, you have waited until the birthday of the 110th year from the date of their birth!  We were told that if your birthday was in September of 2016 and it is 110 years, you need to wait until after December 31st of that year.

Here are some facts that I gathered by asking some other Family History Professionals.  

1)  The Banner probably won't come up unless something needs to be edited, like a date needs to be standardized or place.
2)  People have be able to reserve ordinances the day a person turns 110.
3)  Someone born on August 2016 and the ordinances were done before Dec 31 2016 - no banner appeared.
4)  Here was an interesting situation:  A person was born in Feb of 1907 - no banner showed in 2017.  They clicked on the request and had no problem reserving, however, the SS was not available because the wife was born in 1912 - that ordinance needed permission.

Various Ways of Transferring Data from Ancestry to Family Search

We always start a new tree in Ancestry.  The records are just more user friendly.  Once we are ready to move forward and connect the account and sources to FS, we always check to make sure there are not duplicates.   Click on the little green tree under HIRE AN EXPERT>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

YOUR information in your Ancestry Tree is on the RIGHT - when you choose whom you wish to connect, click the radio button next to the name which has the most information.

Now compare - if this is not your person, go back one step and look for another.  If you need to see if your research is going well, and your information does not connect with any  of these options, you need to go back and start where you are positive of the documents you have and delete any documents that may lead down another path.  Then when your documentation aligns with the match in Family Search you can connect.


How to Exchange Details between Ancestry and Family Tree

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You’ve created family trees in FamilySearch and you have one in  Now you want coordinate both trees so that you can exchange details between the two trees. How do you keep them both synchronized?

An Example from my Own Trees
I import my four generations into Ancestry. My paternal great grandfather, Harry Woods, has 14 Hints. I review these possible matches, and one of them is New Hampshire, Marriage Records Index, 1637-1947. I can see that it’s a match for my great grandparents. There is a bit of information in this record that I don’t already have – which is the city in New Hampshire where the marriage took place. I attach the source record to Harry’s profile, check the box next to the city name, and accept it to modify his profile. This adds the source record and modifies the records of both Harry Woods and his wife Alice.
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Now, the Ancestry records for Harry and Alice are different from the FamilySearch records for these two individuals.
Now I want to synchronize the information between the two programs. I click on the little FamilySearch tree icon and a drop-down menu appears with several options:
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First, I try Compare person on FamilySearch. This screen appears:
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Wow! This makes it easy to move information between the two programs! Uh-oh! Before I see the bit of information I want to transfer, this is the message I find:
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Maybe by the time you read this article this function will be in place. But today, for me, the alternative is just a few extra keystrokes.
I go back one screen and this time I click on the FamilySearch tree icon and select View this person on FamilySearch:
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This opens a new tab in my browser in my FamilySearch profile page for Harry Woods. I scroll down to Family Members and select Edit Couple.
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The couple information is displayed, and I click on the event in question,
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and select Edit from the options in the upper right corner of the event box:
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This opens an editable event box where I go to the Place field and add the city name.
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I start typing in Lisbon, and some options pop-up and I select the correct city, county, state, nation option from the list. Then I type in the source in the Reason This Information is Correct box. Then I click on Save.
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It does take a few extra keystrokes, but it’s nice that I’m able to go directly to the needed person record in FamilySearch from his Ancestry record. And eventually relationship records will be available for comparison and synchronization on the Compare Person on FamilySearch screen where we will be able to just check a box and click Save!
 You Can also use RECORDSEEK.COM to transfer sources and link the trees - here is a video that may be helpful to you.

Next Article - the 110 rule - and its explanation.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Why ARE Irish records so hard to find?

Why ARE Irish records so hard to find?

     In 1922, during the Irish Civil War, there was a huge fire in the court system there.  Many thought that the records were all lost, but similarly to our Civil War, records were kept locally then sent to the County Courts in the form of copies.  In our records, the way you can tell a copy from an original is that the copy is neatly handwritten and in alphabetical order instead of random by street.

     Following that logic, the local copies of records were most often records kept in Catholic Parishes.   

Recently, technology has transformed hope of what was once thought of as lost to possibility.

.  People are taking portable scanning machines directly to Parishes country wide and preserving these precious artifacts for their posterity.  By scanning and then indexing (somewhat like tagging a picture in facebook), remarkable finds are happening.  

     You can read more about that here at  Another Partner Access we have free access to is called    AMERICAN ANCESTORS       

     This now holds the worlds largest Catholic database of Boston Archdiocese parish records from 1789-1900.  Usually, to belong to this organization created by the New England Historical Genealogical Society it costs upwards of 90.00/year.

Historic Catholic Reords Online

Here is an excerpt from
Read on!  This is fascinating how they make it so much easier for us than our ancestors had to endure in the past when researching their ancestors.

Irish Family History: Ashes to Archives

On June 30 1922, during the Irish Civil War, the Public Records Office of Ireland, located at the historic Four Courts in Dublin, was severely damaged by fire resulting in the loss of a huge number of records.
But all is not lost! Irish family history is not only one of the most perplexing to research it also one of the most rewarding. There are so many fascinating stories to be told from the records that survive and that’s why millions continue to search for their Irish ancestors.
Click on each of the links opposite to read up on how Irish genealogy differs from other countries, the best ways of getting started on your Irish family tree and the millions of records at your fingertips for piecing together your ancestor’s story.
Get started on your Irish family history today by searching our Birth, Marriage and Death records.

                             New Records Added by the Galway East Family History Society

ROOTS IRELAND.IE is the place to go!  This is not a partneraccess for LDS members but at this time you can become a member for 12.00 one day deal or 255.00 per year.  

Are you looking for Irish Records?  Usually, is the way to go, but here is another great source.
Where is a free partner access, To get partner access sites for free, go to:  

Here is an excerpt from ROOTSIRELAND.IE

have added transcripts of over 32,000 records to the database of the Galway East Family History Society on our website. These include:

Non Catholic Marriages 1845-1955 - Parishes of Ardrahan, Athenry, Eyrecourt, Gort, Kilcolgan, Killinane, Kilconickney, Kinvara, Loughrea, Portumna, Tynagh, Woodford

Census Records -1889 Woodford Parish Census

Graveyard Inscriptions - Ahascragh, Aughrim, Beagh, Clontuskert, Craughwell, Kilbeacanty, Kilclooney, Killascobe, Killimordaly, Kilmacduagh, Mountbellew, Moylough, Mullagh and Woodford.
The following Census Substitutes have been added:

Christmas Donations - Beagh and Gort parishes, 1856

Registry of Freeholds 1829, County of Galway.

Slater's and Pigot's Directories, County of Galway, 1824, 1846, 1856, 1870, 1881 and 1894.

Tithe Applotment Books 1823-1850 - Parishes of Abbeygormican, Ahascragh, Augheart, Aughrim, Ballinakill, Ballymacward, Beagh, Boyounagh, Bullaun, Clonbern, Clonfert, Clonrush, Clontuskert, Donamon, Donanaghta, Duniry, Fahy, Fohanagh, Grange, Inishcaltra, Isertkelly, Kilbeacanty, Kilbegnet, Kilchreest, Kilcloony, Kilconnell, Kilconickny, Kilcroan, Kileeneen, Kilgerrill,Kilkerrin, Killaan, Killallaghtan, Killeenadeema, Killeroran, Killian, Killimorbologue, Killimordaly, Killinan, , Killogilleen, Killoscobe, Killosolan, Killora, Kilmacduagh, Kilmalinogue, Kilquain, Kilreekill, Kiltartan, Kilteskil, Kilthomas, Kiltormer, Kiltullagh, Leitrim, Lickerrig, Lickmolassy, Loughrea, Meelick, Moylough, Templetogher.

For a full list of the genealogical sources now online for Galway East GALWAYEAST.ROOTSIRELAND.IE