We are always delighted when you share the great things you are doing! . . . . so we were very pleased to get the following from the Calgary FH Centre – although it is set up for FHC staff we think all of us would benefit by doing it!
CFHC Summer Discovery Club
CFHC Staff members: Make this a summer of discovery.
Each week choose a Question and/or an Activity to complete and then fill in the calendar chart provided. At our staff training meetings in the fall come and we’ll share something that we have learned.
Questions - Choose a question for which you don’t know the answer and fill in the calendar chart provided.
Most important is to record how to find the answer so you will be able to find it again. (If you need help with some of these questions or activities, see what you can find out through the FamilySearch Help Center or the Research Wiki or ask a fellow staff member)
- When do Vital Records begin in Ontario?
- How do I find an Irish birth civil registration? Record the film number one would need to order for the birth registration of James Robinson, born 10 March 1905 in County Armagh, Ireland. Include the volume and page number and Quarter. (Clue: The answer is not film number 101070. That is the index film which will tell you the volume, page and quarter.) Record the steps needed to find the actual registration.
- How do I order a film?
- Where do I go to find the new policy, as of this Feb 2012, relating to getting permission before doing temple work?
- Where can I go to find pre-civil registration records in Scotland? Record three places to find these.
- In British Free BMD’s how do you find a birth registration?
- Where in the CFHC can you find a blank Family Group Sheet or Pedigree Chart?
- What is the British Parish Locator. Where is it? How do I use it?
- On new.FamilySearch how do I remove (delete) an individual that does not belong to my family if I did not contribute the information? Find a Knowledge Document for this situation and record the document number and how you found it.
- If you have a Knowledge Document number and want to know what it says, how do you find it?
- What are two sites where you can find Border Crossings between Canada and the US? Record how to navigate in these sites to get to the Border Crossings.
- LDS Family History Suite #2. Where is it and what can you find there?
- What kinds of things do you find at the Godfrey Memorial Library subscription site (free at the FHC)
Activities -Do the activity and record something you learned and where you found it.
14. Watch a research course video from the Learn Tab on FamilySearch. There are hundreds of videos that range from 5 minutes to an hour in length.
15. Watch to a Roots Tech 2012 Video: http://rootstech.org/videos. Scroll down and choose from19 great videos.
16. Do a batch of Indexing.
17. Read the Darby’s weekly article http://peterfh.wordpress.com
18. Record something you learned from What’s New on FamilySearch
19. Register for access to FS Family Tree and record where to go to do that.
20. Learn how to Use FastStone Capture. Copy and Caption and Save an image to a flash drive. (If you don’t have a flash drive, know how to help a patron to do this.) If you wish, copy the FastStone Capture tool to your flash drive and also to your home computer for your personal use.
21. On findagrave.com -find Hans Dietrich in the Manti Cemetery in Utah.
-find James C Cahoon in the Cardston, AB Cemetery.
-try to find one of your own ancestors on this site.
22. Google: Peel’s Prairie Provinces. In the Henderson Directories for Calgary in 1912 find Thomas D Smith, living at 313 11 Ave W in the Street Index which begins on page 197. Then find him again in the Alphabetical Index which begins on Page 325. What are the two page numbers where Thomas D Smith is found?
23. Read an article from the Research Wiki. E.g. “Principles of Family History Research” or “Preserving Photographs and Documents” or “Creating a Personal Journal” or read an article relating to the locality you are researching. There are over 67,000 articles to choose from.
Each week answer a question or do an activity of your choice so that you learn something new.
CFHC Summer Discovery Club Calendar Chart
Goal: Learn and record something new each week
Unfortunately this chart can’t be shown properly in this article. It has 3 columns – headings shown below – the boxes under each heading of about 5 cm high – under the question or activity column the first item is the dates for a week e.g. Week of June 3 to 9, then Week of June 10 to 16, and so on for the summer.
Question or Activity What did I learn? How/Where to find this information
Obviously you can change the questions and activities to suit your FH Consultants. It would be great to learn something new each week throughout the summer.
The Calgary FH Centre would appreciate your suggestions to improve this project. Just put them in Comments.
Thank you to the Director and Staff of the Calgary FH Centre for sharing this with us.