This week’s article has 3 parts!
- We want to announce a new blog! pfhn.wordpress.com or http://pfhn.wordpress.com/ Why? To provide a place to post the latest versions of handouts for Family History – I just don’t like the idea of people going home from a presentation and typing in urls from a paper handout , and focus on FH articles for the public. So peterfh.wordpress.com remains for FH Consultants and lds topics, and pfhn.wordpress.com is for public articles and particularly handouts. You are welcome to sign up for the new blog! Your comments and articles are welcome!
- Did you get the FH Consultant Newsletter from FamilySearch on 27 April? Hope so – or it means that either you haven’t registered at familysearch.org/serve aka https://www.familysearch.org/consultant/ yet or that your email program moved the message into the spam or trash file! Did you notice the interesting news that Billion Graves data will be part of FamilySearch as of 1 May 2012? Not familiar with Billion Graves? Their website is http://billiongraves.com/ . They are trying to add 1 million records in the month of May. There is also an article in the blog at FamilySearch.org https://www.familysearch.org/blog/billiongraves/ Billion Graves is a FamilySearch affiliate product (go to the link to Products at the bottom of the page at Familysearch.org and select Web)
- Here is the latest version of the handout we have been using at our training sessions this Spring.
Stake Family HIstory Meetings April/May 2012
- Our purpose: To follow the Spirit and empower members to identify their ancestors, link them into families, and ensure that temple ordinances are performed for them.
Process: Ask, Find, Teach
Clarifying questions are very important. There are 5 main places to Find answers – (1). Learn at familysearch.org, (2). Help Centre at nFS and Help at familysearch, (3). FHCentre Director, your fellow consultants, (4). Telephone 1-866-406-1830 or email email@example.com, (5). Weekly articles at peterfh.wordpress.com .
- Teach Temple policy – who we do work for – 110 year rule – help everyone understand and follow Temple Policies – refer to page 30 in Member’s Guide – First Presidency letter 29 Feb – use the Tutorials and Guides from the Help panel or Learn How to use FamilySearch from the new FamilySearch home page – quote policy don’t interpret
- Indexing on mobile devices – IOS and Android – in beta – app seems very stable – but work done is not being rolled up into Stake statistics yet – uses “snippets” – look for icon at top of screen to see page view (so can compare lettering)
- Helping with LDS Account problems
- When registering – User name – keep short – minimum 4 characters
- Passwords – think of a word plus a number – minimum 8 characters including at least one number
- Contact name – use something meaningful e.g. first initial last name
- Forgot username and/or password – follow Forgot? on sign in page
- Forgot username but no or wrong email or not available to use email – click in box and use membership number and birthdate.
- How to sign in to help someone else – helper access numbers – where to find them – limitations on being a helper (e.g. no discussions available) – see kd 100546 – when do you use Sign in to Help Someone Else?
- Update email, change username, password and access # in Update My Profile and Preferences on welcome page of nFS
- Update on FamilySearch.org – end of Previous site coming soon?
- Blog link – check periodically – includes news on changes
- Records – search wide – then narrow with filters
- Trees – new options – search PRF or AF or both
- Books – now moved to Familysearch servers so collection can grow – and it is already larger – full text access to family histories
- Learn – for Research Wiki, Research Courses, and Discussion Forums
- Catalog – still not final version
- Help – be aware of options
- Signing in makes a difference – e.g. more images available
- Future of the IGI – told it will be made available again in 2013 (??)
- Building your tree on nFS
- Sign in – build your tree – combine duplicates – update Summary View – find relatives needing Temple work – move to temple list – print Family Ordinance Request (FOR)
- Are we making any progress with “mytreeitus”?
- FORs – how to email – beware of old FORs
- Family Tree (FT) - Demo of some of the features
- Dilemma – not complete product yet – so must still use nFS – will this be confusing? will names be delayed going to the temple? Should we be learning to use it or just be aware of it?
- For Help Learning FT – go to FamilySearch.org click on Help and scroll down to Family Tree Help – currently there are 5 resources there: Navigating the FamilySearch Family Tree (video), Navigating the FamilySearch Family Tree (pdf), Using the FamilySearch Family Tree (pdf), Gaining Access to the FamilySearch Family Tree (pdf), Release Notes (pdf)
- If you want to use FT you can have it – FamilySearch need people to give feedback during development – but be cautious about who tries it. Providing feedback with good easy-to-follow examples can help the engineers to fix problems. Go to FamilySearch.org, click on Help and scroll down to the section on Family Tree, click on Gaining Access to the FamilySearch Family Tree (pdf) to submit a request. …If you have questions or comments, please go to http://getsatisfaction.com/familysearch/products/familysearch_family_tree_beta . Note: This site is described as a “beta site” but uses live data, so please be careful. It is partly “read-only”, so changes sometimes need to be made in nFS to appear in FT.
- Keeping your own file – feel stronger than ever that this is important to do if we can – what software to use? make sure you can move data to and from nFS without re-typing it. See list through Products link at FamilySearch.org or link on right to software on sign in page for nFS
- Please read our weekly article – and submit suggestions for articles and even articles themselves. We welcome your contributions. You can subscribe to automatically receive articles. http://peterfh.wordpress.com/ Also public notes at http://pfhn.wordpress.com