Resources for Family History Consultants
Here is a list of resources and handouts that we use frequently in our callings as ward family history consultants. Let us know what essential resources you use in your calling! Email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
LDS.org Family History Consultant Page
The Temple and Family History Consultant Page at LDS.org is a collection of online resources to help you fulfill your calling – family history consultant training including webinars, blog posts, and online training videos.
Helping Others Love Family History – “As part of this “Find, Take, Teach” process, temple and family history consultants and helpers worldwide learn to apply a set of proven principles to create heart-turning experiences for those they work with.” Includes a link to the consultant planner.
Consultant Planner – Tool for consultants to preview someone’s family tree and prepare to visit with them and help them. The tool allows consultants to invite someone with an email address.
Leaders Resources for Family History in the Ward and Stake on LDS.org – includes these sections: Get Started, How to Organize, Tools and Resources, The Importance of Indexing, and General Conference Training.
To Turn the Hearts is the most current manual for family history administration in wards and stakes.
FamilySearch Beginner and Intermediate Cards
“Strengthening Eternal Bonds through Family History and Temple Service” is an intermediate guide for people who want to discover relatives on a full tree. To order these cards from BYU print services, go here and click “Family History Essentials.”
Home Visit Helps
The FamilySearch blog article “Begin at the Beginning: Helping Others to Love Family History” shares six steps for helping others love family history. They are: prepare spiritually, discover family goals, request access, search the family’s tree before the visit, prepare a personalized lesson, and consider how to help the family take names to the temple. The post also has a video from the presentation at RootsTech and a lesson plan for family history consultants to use in preparation for home visits:
Ideas to Motivate and Inspire
Family History Consultants: Inspiring Others in Family History – an article here at Familylocket.com about how family history consultants can help others be motivated to start genealogy research.
Consultant Helps, Youth Activities, and Fun Stuff – Created by Cathy Anderegg, a list of ideas that anyone can use that will help family history consultants be successful in their callings.
Web Index of Family History Ideas for Children and Teens – Here at FamilyLocket.com, a collection of over 270 articles and blog posts with ideas for teaching, doing, and sharing family history with children and teens.
Inspiring Family Members in Genealogy – an article here at FamilyLocket.com about how to help your family members get interested in researching their family history.
Facebook group “Inspiring Others in Family History” – Join the group to share ideas and learn from others.
Family History is for Everyone Spotlights – Here at FamilyLocket.com, we share an interview every other Monday with someone who loves doing family history. Some of the questions include, “Why did you start? Why do you continue to do family history? What mentors influenced you?” These interviews shed light onto how we can inspire people from all walks of life to research their family history.
How to Be a Great Family History Consultant – Video by Devon Noel Lee
FS Family Tree User Group Resources – list of many family history training resources
Family History Sunday School Course PowerPoint Presentations – This course is designed to teach the basic principles and skills needed to find ancestors and cousins who need temple ordinances, get to know your ancestors and preserve memories of them for your posterity, and help create a record of our dead that is “worthy of all acceptation” (D&C 128:24).
Family History Quotes
I love this list of Inspirational Family History quotations from Easy Family History.
The Teach Me Genealogy Blog has many photo quotes about genealogy and family history.