The most common way people find names is with apps like "Hope Chest", "Take a Name", other "data mining" apps. Many of these names will have data problems, or relationship errors that need to be corrected before you request the ordinances. Even the emails sent from FamilySearch that state you have a temple ready name don't mean that the person is actually ready to have their name requested.
Would you like to learn how to make sure that those names are truly ready for temple work? There is a simple thought process that will help you understand how to look for discrepancies in dates, relationships, and duplicate names.
What we will cover in this class:
Is this really my relative? (We can only request those that are related to us)
Show how to look for duplicates and then merge them
How to standardize the person's information, like dates, places, etc.
Review the relationships. Do the birth, death, marriage dates make sense give the relationships within the family?
How to look AT and search FOR sources that document that this person actually existed
Relook at duplicates again
Reserve and print the name
Each youth should come to this class WITH at least one temple name they found prior to this class. We will not have time in the class to help find names for them. This is also the responsibility of the Ward Temple & Family History Consultant. Utilize them to help your youth find names.
Ensure that each youth comes with their usernames & passwords. We do not have the ability to help them recover this information if they do not have it due to time constraints.
What We Will Cover:
Each youth will learn 3 things they need to learn to do and why
Find ALL the stories about ALL their ancestors
Learn how to reserve a name for the temple
Introduction to Indexing — Where it all begins
Have some fun with some family history games using 3rd party apps that link to their tree.
Ensure that each youth comes with their usernames & passwords. Without these, there is no access to FamilySearch, nor the 3rd party apps. We do not have the ability to help them recover this information if they do not have it due to time constraints.
Family Tree Gallery is an amazing place to find photographs, stories, and even audio recordings of our ancestors and deceased cousins. Youth should also be involved with preserving the rich heritage of stories, photos, and audio of their parents, grandparents, and even of their own lives.
What we will cover:
Help the youth scan a few photos & then upload those to their Gallery
Help the youth create a story about the photo(s)
Show the youth how to share these memories with family members
Explore the "memories" on FamilySearch about their ancestors
Ensure that each youth comes with their usernames & passwords. Without these, there is no access to FamilySearch. We do not have the ability to help them recover this information if they do not have it due to time constraints.
Bring a photograph (or several) that we can help the youth scan, and we will then help them upload these to Family Tree Gallery. If they do not have any photos, we can take one at the library. Photograph that tell a story are preferred.
FamilySearch has been very proactive in developing "discovery experiences" to help us better learn about our ancestors. It is in the process of seeing photographs, reading their stories, listening to their voices that we truly begin to connect our hearts to our ancestors. Those ancestors become very real people to us, rather than just "a name" taken to the temple.
Each youth will log into their FamilySearch account and they will then have access to 4 "discovery experiences" that will help them to better visually interact with their ancestral heritage.
One of the most popular ones is the "Picture My Heritage" application that allows them to select from a variety of old photographs and insert their face into that photo.
Other app experiences will pull up the stories about an ancestor, show ancestral migration and density maps, or will give them a list of facts about events happening when they were born.
Because there is limited time during the visit to fully appreciated all the aspects of discovery, we hope that the youth will bring back their families. We have many other discovery activities prepared for families that provide a fun and meaningful experience in family history.
This activity is led by one of our missionaries who will take them through the experiences and create discussion about why family history work is so important.
We will also introduce the youth to our large touchscreen interactive TVs during the visit.
We can offer our computer lab so that your Ward Consultants can teach your youth how to find some temple names. Many wards may only have a couple of consultants and so it is best if the group size is kept small. We would recommend 1 consultant or adult for two youth maximum to avoid the boredom issues that come from not having enough supervised instruction.
We currently have two computer classrooms. We have 23 computer workstations in Lab 1, and 16 in Lab 2. There is an instructor computer in each classroom as well.
We try to keep the youth activities meaningful for them. Larger youth group sizes, unfortunately are not always the best option due to inattention and other distractions that commonly take place.
We will assign your group to a specific lab depending on the size of your group, and availability of missionaries, once we receive your activity request.
From our long time experiences providing these youth group activities, there is ONE specific problem that comes up with almost every group.
**Access to FamilySearch**
We find that there are still the 10% of youth that have forgotten passwords, don't have accounts, etc. The activity requires access to their account. Trying to recover account information during the class is a time consuming and frustrating experience. These attempts also require either access to phones or email addresses tied to that member's account and these are often not available.
For youth less than 13 years of age, their parents will need to sign them up in a slightly different process. This can not be done at the library. For instructions as to how to do this, CLICK HERE.
BEFORE COMING TO THE ACTIVITY, PLEASE ENSURE THAT EACH YOUTH
1) has an account
2) brings their login information with them
Plan to be at the library by 6:45 PM. To make the best use of time, we like to start by 7:00 PM. That implies that all the youth are there in the lab, logged into their computers and ready to go. The general library closes by 8:00 PM.
If you need to request cancellation of your youth activity, please do so at least a week ahead of time to allow others to schedule an activity time.
Please note that you are NOT SCHEDULED until you receive a confirmation email. We will send you a confirmation email within 24-48 hours. If you do not hear from us, please check your SPAM folder, and if still no email from us, please contact us at the library (208-524-5291).