Family History Consultant

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Please see the Family History Consultant section in the Help Center:

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Register

Should be registered at lds.org

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Responsibilities

Family History Consultants

The bishopric and the high priests group leader determine how many family history consultants are needed in the ward. The high priests group leader directs their efforts.

Consultants are skilled teachers who work and communicate well with others. While consultants need not be experts in family history research, they are comfortable using and helping others use the resources at familysearch.org. This includes family pedigrees, historical records, and the FamilySearch indexing program. Youth can also be called to serve as consultants, where their technology skills can be helpful in assisting others.

Consultants register at consultant.familysearch.org to receive information, training, and updates from the Church.

Working with Leaders

Consultants proactively reach out to leaders by:

  • Helping them get started with their own family history so they can perform temple ordinances for their deceased relatives.
  • Demonstrating how family history can help them in their calling to minister to those whom they serve.

Working with Members

Consultants proactively reach out to members by:

  • Helping a few individuals or families at a time to get started with their own family history so they can perform temple ordinances for their deceased relatives. The most effective place where this occurs is in members‘ homes.
  • Assisting specific individuals or families (assigned by the high priests group leader, as determined in ward council) to become interested in and do family history.
  • Acting as a resource to answer family history questions.

Some consultants have experience and skills that particularly suit them for additional tasks such as:

  • Serving in family history centers.
  • Assisting members and other consultants in more advanced research efforts.
  • Training other consultants.

— Leaders Guide to Temple and Family History Work, pg. 18; Handbook 2 5.4.6

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Handbooks & Guides

Handbook 2: Administering the Church 2010

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Leader’s Guide To Temple and Family History Work

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Family History Consultant’s Guide

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HB FH FamilyTreeFamily Tree Reference Guide

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Policies for Preparing Names for Temple Work

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Help Phone & Email

If you need any help at all, please feel free to call the Church’s Family History Consultant Helpline at 866-406-1830. Or call Bro. Bob Craig, the Stake Family History Center Director.

Or email: support@familysearch.org

 

Training

The Church has created an excellent site to give you the family history & temple work training you need as a Family History Consultant.  Please visit The Training & Resource Site for Family History Consultants.

There are only 17 items for you to complete:

  1. Read “Handbook 2: Section 5.4.6
  2. Read the “Leader’s Guide to Temple and Family History Work
  3. Review the “Temple and Family History Course Materials
  4. Watch the “Principles for Successful Family History Classes” video (11 min.)
  5. Watch the 3 “Family History Devotionals” by Elders Scott, Packer and Clayton
  6. Review the “Family History Consultant Conference Presentations–2011
  7. Review the list of courses at “Family History Research Courses
  8. Watch the “Getting Started with Family History” Videos
  9. Glance through “A User’s Guide to the New FamilySearch
  10. Review the “New FamilySearch Reference Manual
  11. Practice on the “New FamilySearch Practice System
  12. Watch the “Helping Members with the New FamilySearch” Video
  13. Watch the ‘Answering Common Questions about New FamilySearch” Demos
  14. Watch the “Family History Consultant Podcast—Helping Members
  15. Review the “FamilySearch.org Interactive Guide
  16. Glance through the “Family History Research Wiki
  17. Read the “Policies for Preparing Names for Temple Work

This is quite a list.  So, take your time and enjoy the journey!

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