Resources for Temple & Family History Consultants
Welcome to our Temple and Family History Consultants resource page. This is a list of resources that you may find helpful in your calling as temple & family history consultant. Let us know what essential resources you use in your calling that we can add to the list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Consultant Resources from LDS.org and Family Search
”Your Calling” Page – Learn about your calling as a Temple and Family History Consultant in three steps: Learn From Apostles and Prophets, Learn From a Helper, and Learn How to Help Others.
Principles for Helping Others – Inspirational videos illustrating key principles that will guide you as you help others discover and gather their family.
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 choose someone from their ward list to invite, or to invite someone with an email address.
The Consultant Resources Page is a collection of online resources to help you fulfill your calling. These resources will guide you as you prepare joyful, personalized experiences that help others discover, gather, and connect their families.
The Family History Page on LDS.org – includes these sections: FamilySearch.org, Getting Started, Temple and Family History Consultants, For Priesthood Leaders, Roots Tech, and Talks, Lessons, and Activities
Home Visit Helps
Using the Consultant Planner to Help Others Discover, Gather, and Connect Their Ancestors – A Video that demonstrates the process of using the consultant planner to help someone find an ancestor in need of temple ordinances.
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.
5 Ways to do Family History in 5 Minutes or Less – A lesson about using FamilySearch’s mobile apps. This lesson is designed to help consultants teach ward members that temple and family history work doable for everyone.
Five Steps to Verify Names for the Temple Handout – A handout with 5 things to check to make sure your relative’s information is correct before doing their temple work. Helpful for people who feel unsure about how to verify the accuracy of their research.
The Family History Guide – A website that provides lessons about how to use Family Search, Ancestry, My Heritage, and Find My Past. Helps users progress either on their own, with a mentor, or in a group by providing Goals for learning, supported by flexible Choices. Also includes family history activity ideas for all ages.
Family History Basic Tutorials by the BYU Family History Library – Designed for anyone getting started with family history or helping others to get started. They are short and to the point, 5-10 minutes long each. A handout is included with each one.
BYU Family History Library Webinars – A great collection of more in-depth videos that will help you learn about a variety of Family History Topics.
RootsTech Video Archive – A collection of videos from past Roots Tech conventions. Includes inspirational as well as educational presentations.
FS Family Tree User Group Resources – a list of many family history training resources.
Family History Lessons and Training presentations – Three Powerpoint Presentations. One for training Leaders and Councils, one for training Family History Consultants, and one for training Members.
Ideas for Youth Consultants
Youth + Consultants = Awesome – A 2017 RootsTech presentation that illustrates how youth temple and family history consultants can energize family history efforts and move the work forward in a mighty way.
A Possible Model for Youth Consultants – Suggestions for ways youth consultants can learn how to find and prepare names for temple ordinances and then help others as they meet with one peer per month in a mentored environment.
5 Ways to do Family History in 5 Minutes or Less – As youth consultants familiarize themselves with the Family Search apps they can teach their peers how to do Family History using their phones.
Temple and Family History Preparation for Primary Children
Strengthening Those New and Tender in the Gospel – a message from the Roots Tech 2018 Leadership session by Elder Dale G. Renlund.
Help Wanted: The Importance of Involving Children in Temple and Family History Work – a message from the 2018 Roots Tech 2018 Leadership session by Sister Joy D. Jones.
My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together – This booklet is an engaging way to help children and youth learn about their family history. Encourage youth to connect with their ancestors by adding photos, names, dates, and precious family stories by filling in an online version or ordering a print copy.
Family History and the Come Follow Me Curriculum
Come Follow Me Companion – The Family History Guide has created this companion, which includes related family history activities for each lesson in Come Follow Me.
3 Ways to Incorporate Family History into Come Follow Me for Families – An article that provides ways families can make family history a part of the new Home-Centered, Church-Supported model for gospel learning.
Family History Activities
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.
The Family History Guide Activities Index – Nothing makes family history more meaningful than personal involvement. Your life (and the lives of those you love) can be enriched through family history activities. Check out the activities for all ages on this page for ideas to get started.
Inspirational Messages from Roots Tech (2014-2018)
FamilySearch Beginner and Intermediate Cards
“Find your Family Names” is a beginner/first-time guide for those just beginning to look for family names.
“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.”
Family History Quotes
Family History Quotes – A list of Inspirational Family History quotations from Easy Family History.
Teach Me Genealogy Blog – many photo quotes about genealogy and family history.