Help parents, children, or both, to use The Family History Guide to further their family history.
You can help families get started with their family history and make significant progress. It's a unique experience to watch the joy of family members discovering their ancestors and learning about their lives.
Who—Identify families for training.
Where—Decide where the training will be held: at a family history center, another public building, or in the family's home. Note : If you are training in the home, be sure to avoid one-on-one situations, and meet in a family living area.
When—Arrange a schedule the family that fits their overall learning needs.
Children—If there are younger children who can focus on activities, share the Children's Page in the Family History Guide with the parents so they can provide those activities later.
Trackers—Have each person fill out Tracker sheets to pre-assess family history skills. For details, see the Track Progress page.
Common ground—Find common topics first, then turn individuals loose on different parts of their tree or different tasks.
Coaching—Check in with the learners as you go—give each one sufficient coaching.
Mentors in the family—Find out what Choices the parents (or teens) are comfortable with, so they can mentor others in the family on those topics later on, using The Family History Guide.
Follow up by email or social media as to ongoing progress. If the individual or family is LDS, involve the Ward Family History Coordinator.
Design a plan for ongoing learning with The Family History Guide.
With successful family training, learners should:
Understand the purposes and benefits of The Family History Guide.
Know how to navigate the website and use its features.
Confidently proceed with family history activities.
You can help children get involved with family history activities so they develop an understanding and connection with cultures, history, and their ancestors. This can also help them as well as understanding their own family traditions and connections.
Groups—Encourage parents to bring children to a group training that you are hosting.
Adult Leaders—Make sure you have at least two adult leaders for each group session.
Where—Decide where the training will be held: at a family history center, another public building, or in a family's home. Note : If you are training in the home, be sure to avoid one-on-one situations, and meet in a family living area.
Length—Keep the overall class time to an hour or less.
Study the Children's Page on website to plan activities. Make sure the activities match the ages and skills of the children.
Use activities that are brief and focused. If an activity is not going well, be ready to switch to another.
Give clear instructions that children can relate to, and be enthusiastic about the activities.
If some children are having a hard time, get assistance from their parents or older siblings.
Follow up by email or social media with parents to get feedback on the activities and how the experience went for the children.
With successful training activities, children should:
Understand more about their family roots and traditions.
Enjoy talking about and learning about their ancestors.