Creating a comfort zone for Family History....
Our ward Family History endeavors were not optimal. In 2010 we would hold classes according to the manual and people would show up for 1 or 2 classes and then say, "Sayonara" because it was very basic and they already felt that ALL of their work had been done. The Internet connection in our building was dicey at best. Frequently, on Sundays, as the masses poured in to Sacrament, their phones were on auto pilot to adjust to the Church WIFI.
We got permission to use the old abandoned clerk's office next to the old scout room and we made it really "homey". Chris Schweikert did a great job decorating the walls with some pictures and did a beautiful vinyl tree on the whiteboard. We added some access points so that up to 12-15 people can be in there during the 2nd hour of Sunday School. Kristina Potter came up with the original idea for the gmail google drive based Consultant Ward Family History Template, which I have added some additional bells and whistles now. She also put her large scale fan chart printer in the Clerks office so we bought a small one to print out Temple Cards. I supplied the cutter and card stock and off we were running.
Here are some Pictures and I have included a link to the Template if you think it will help you keep track of how your ward is doing.
|Best new way to help people - https://www.familysearch.org/ask/planner|
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|We all wore these hats at a Linger Longer so that help was easily found by all|
|Hung a nice mirror and a clock on the wall|
|We have a guest portal with some brochures|
|Interesting Ward Ancestors|
|Internet Access when in that room|
|When kids aren't there we use this for brochures and handouts|
|When Mom wants to do Family History, we keep Crayons and FS Coloring books here|
|Brother Meyer working the network|
|Me getting ready for 2nd hour. Really glad we went to tableclothfactory.com and got some nice burgundy tablecloths to match the padded chairs. They were only 6.00 each.|