We know that a good function for FHC’s is to offer classes and workshops. This is reinforced in the new Leader’s Guide to Temple and Family History “To Turn the Hearts” on page 9 :
Family history centers give members and community patrons access to:
Classes and workshops.
So what classes and workshops might we offer. We are grateful to the Riverbend FHC for sharing a survey they are conducting in their stake as it gives a list of potential classes
Riverbend Stake Family History Centre Survey
Family History Centre classes: What would you like to learn?
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
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How to research online
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Census and vital records
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Research help for:
The best evening for me is: Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Name: ________________ Email: _______________________
Further suggestions they have received are: “ Descendancy Research would also be a good topic. I think it would be especially good in Utah and other areas where families have been in the Church for multiple generations, but most wards have people in that situation. (note: there are free online lessons on descendancy research at familysearch.org)
Another asked whether some of the classes might be taught in the local wards by ward consultants. I think that can be a good option in some cases, especially in rural wards where parents bring their children to activities and then wait for them. (Of course, it might also be a good time to start with the basic 7-lesson course.)
The basic course requires less advance preparation than some of the other topics, so it will be easier for consultants to teach. The topics in the survey obviously vary in complexity. Some of the topics can be covered in 5 or 10 minutes, whereas 2 hours might not be enough for some of the others. We chose them as possible topics of interest to get members to come to the FHC, but the survey can also be adapted by consultants for use in their own wards.”
You could invite people to come to share the experience of taking some of the online courses available through FamilySearch – particularly the video lessons. This would enrich the discussions following the lessons.
Thank you for sharing this material Riverbend FHC