Helping the Youth with Family History
I recently read this quote from Jim Greene, a manager at FamilySearch. Please note his caveats in the second paragraph. I added the underlining. Please consider his advice.
“Even though it was developed for youth, it is ok for adults to go look at and use the new youth website that Elder Bednar introduced last conference. It is at
the fhy stands for family history youth. It teaches the youth the importance of temple and family history work, shows them 5 steps for searching for and clearing names, and has many opportunities for them to comment and see other’s experiences. There is also a whole section with videos on ideas how to serve others through family history. I would recommend this as a wonderful resource.
That said, let me offer a couple of caveats. First, the youth won’t need technology or computer lessons, in fact, they could be called as consultants to teach new.familysearch.org after just a few minutes using it. They get it. Second, you will lose them if you try to teach them to become genealogists. Get them to the temple with their own names, set them up to help and serve others, and you will be successful. Teach them how to correctly document jurisdictional place names, or to correctly enter sources and citations and you will lose them. They are a wonderful resource and can help and be blessed in so many ways.
We are going to continually update the site with new videos, ideas and stories. We are even considering games and contests. I hope you find it enjoyable and that it gives you some ideas.”
To Turn the Hearts Guide and DVD Available to Order
The guides and DVDs were made available to order by phone effective 21 Dec 2011, and online in mid January:
The Global Service Center is where you have to call to place orders, 1-800-537-5971. The part numbers are:
08886000-To Turn the Hearts Leaders Guide (English)