Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Mark your Calendar: Next Session: July 10!

Just received the news!

"Thanks to all that participated in our first online test. We are going to try the same class again on July 10. If you were not able to make it please register and try again. You can share this with anyone interested. We learned a lot and are excited to do another test.
Family History Library Consultant Training – Helping Family History HappenFamilySearch is testing online consultant training on Thursday, July 10,2008 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (MT)The online classroom has a capacity of 200 so we are asking people to register.To register please go to: so much, keep up the great work!"
(From: Merrill White)

This is such exciting news!!!

Good luck to all those who were unable to attend but might be able to register this time!

Register to Consultant Site!

As a quick follow-up on Monday's conference-class.
The main focus really was the efforts that are underway to provide training for the consultants and priesthood leaders.
Of course it's only going to work if we actually follow their directions.
I know many other people have been saying this for quite some time already so it may sound redundant but we need to make sure that not only all the consultants register and get their online training but that all our leaders do the same.
That's harder because they don't hear past "new program that's replacing TempleReady" and don't necessarily see how it can affect anything more than 'Temple Work".
Truth is it is SO MUCH MORE!!!
And the consultant IS the key.
But we must register to the given site (see below) with the proper information and we must make time to take the training and then put our heads together and draw out a plan to make this fit in our wards and branches.
It is an incredible program that can re-energize us into doing the right things.
In the elearning, not only do consultants get to learn better ways to understand their calling and the reporting order but they can also learn new research methods through college classes... and all for free.
Yes, I am glad to be alive today.

go to
Click on Serving in the Church
and choose Family History
then your choice of Prietshood leader or Consultant
It really won't matter as you will end up in the same place in the end but...
Then click on the Registration link until you come to the Registration page
You will need your ward/branch Unit # along with your membership ID # and your personal information.
If you are in a district that is preparing to deploy the new FamilySearch you will have to wait 72 hours before registering to the new FamilySearch site. Your Training Material will be redirected to the new FamilySearch.
After you have registered to the new FamilySearch, sign in and then click on the
Help Center at the bottom of the Home page
Another page will pop up.
Click on the "Training and Resources" tab in the upper right corner and then on the left you will "Elearning" and a lot of other links underneath
I recommend the wonderful videos that are found there too.
They will come on a DVD to your stakes but this way you have advance access and really you can already share it by showing it to others through your login.
DO ALL the classes, as ALL the classes pertaining to your calling are listed there.
None others will remain.
For example community volunteers who have been given access to new FamilySearch do not need access to the Priesthood training classes and they therefore do not find them among theirs to take.
MOST OF ALL... Have fun!!!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Online Beta Training from the Family History Library

After more than 6 months of silence I am back.
I have no idea if anyone is still here reading but I feel like writing.
Truth is I should be working on making an index for Belgian Laces but can not seem to focus very long on it right now. Instead my attention comes back here.

A little over a week or so ago we were advised that there would be an Online Beta Training offered throughthe Family History Library. Only 200 people could register however so I jumped on this opportunity with both feet.

The FHC and World Wide support team had explained at the FGS Conference last year that this was in the works to train FHC directors, new and tenured (6months and more) and consultants but nothing had been heard since.

In our stake, we are so scattered that training is difficult and costly. This would be perfect!
I let our people know of the training opportunity but only one other was able to get in on time.
Softy as I am, I felt selfish to keep my login to myself so I enquired to see if they would be interested in watching the seminar with me, taking advantage of my login. And what a treat it was!

Even though I hope those who drove a good hour to see this were not disappointed that my laptop didn’t accept the local projector. I had never had trouble hooking one up before...
We will know better for next time... Besides, when the FHL people talked about making sure I had speakers, I had no idea what they were talking about… I had brought my pc speakers from home but in truth I needed an extra cord to hook up to the projector as well…
SO… we will be prepared for the next time, if necessary…

Eight of us were able to attend this session that was seen by many others (at least 199 others) across the country. It was done using Adobe Conferencing. I had seen what it could do but had never participated live to a conference so this was all new to me.
Before we started, a map showed us people as they were signing in. It was so cool… We were among the first online but we soon disappeared off the map as the others signed in.

I must tell you I was a bit nervous as when I clicked on the link the window announced that “the session was over” and I was getting concerned about how it would work but… 30 minutes or so before it started the page opened into a new conference and that’s when we began seeing the people appearing on the map.

My favorite part was when the presenter read 1 Nephi 16:23
"And it came to pass I Nephi, did make out of wood a bow, and out of a straight stick, an arrow; wherefore, I did arm myself with a bow and arrow, with a sling and with stones. And I said unto my father: Wither shall I go to obtain food?"
He then compared the FH consultants to Nephi.
He made these things YET he went to his father and asked him WHERE he should hunt.
In other words, we need to prepare ourselves but look to our leaders for direction.
To repeat (although not quote) him, we need to go to our leaders and tell them, “ Here, see the bows and arrows we have made, tell us where to shoot”

This brought on quite a few giggles among us as we pictured ourselves targetting our members with arrows... All we needed was the apples...

There is a new reporting line that is well defined in the new manuals and this is explained in the files they made available for download:
- the Priesthood Manual (book 2 Section 9) ; which can be downloaded also from your new FamilySearch Help Center
- The new FH Administrative Guide (8 pages) which outline everyone’s duties quite clearly, also downloadable from the new FamilySearch
- And the new, still draft version – but Jun 2008 – of the Consultant Training Manual.
If anyone reads this, just contact me and I'll send you my copy.

As a Stake trainer I have sent a copy to our people and told them to print it and become familiar with it. Using it will help them not have to reinvent the wheel as they set out to work through priesthood channels.

The session was suppposed to last 1:30 hour but instead ended after 45 minutes. There could have been a Q&A session but none of us were savvy enough to want to try it I don't think.
We were told that in the future these would be downloadable so could be replayed like podcasts… This should prove excellent for training purposes.

This was so wonderful!!! I am so grateful to have been able to participate in this today!

Explore some of the sites they suggested to try:
- http://paftutorial.byu,edu/

They reminded us gently that "Our effort is not to compel everyone to do everythinm but to encourage everyone to do something."(Elder Dallin H Oaks, "Family History: In Wisdom and in Order, Ensign, June 1989, p6) And how true that is!
If we all were doing the exact same things we would have too many bakers, too many butchers, and not enough tailors and farmers etc... We need everyone to do their part and no part is too small...

I never cease to be amazed and grateful to live today when technology makes all this possible.
I would not have made a very good handcart pioneer. My mother-in-law was telling me the other day how I just don't diversify our meals enough... I apologized to my husband saying that cooking is a necessity to me not something I love doing. Maybe it's not right... I hope it's not wrong...

In any case, today was the first of many I hope...
It was wonderful!!! Can't wait for next time!!!
Only wish more people could be aware of this...
Update: 7/3
Becky Jamison shared a link that enables direct download from a site. Allow me to share the link with you so you can use it to your own benefit: