You can help individuals get started, make significant progress, and continue on with their family history, using The Family History Guide.
(For ideas on using the LDS Consultant planner with The Family History Guide, click here.)
- Who—Identify individuals for training.
- 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 with persons of the opposite sex, and meet in a family living area.
- When—Arrange a schedule with each student that fits his or her learning needs.
- Tracker—Have the learner fill out a Tracker sheet to pre-assess his or her family history skills. After training, learners can update Tracker sheets and send you copies, to monitor ongoing progress. For details, see the Online Tracker or the Word Tracker page.
- Pace—Go at the learner's pace. Resist the temptation to share too much information or share it too quickly.
- Independence—Remember that some individual learners will want to work with The Family History Guide on their own, without separate training. In those cases, you can offer them your contact information in case questions arise, and you can encourage them to sign up on the Facebook page to keep up with the latest website developments and news.
- Exploration—Whenever possible, let the individual explore and find answers to his or her questions, rather than trying to do too much for the learner.
- Questions—Research and respond to any unanswered questions that arise during training.
- Plan—Design a plan for ongoing learning with The Family History Guide.
- Progress—Follow up by email or social media as to ongoing progress. If the individual or family is LDS, make sure a Ward Temple and Family History Consultant is involved in helping.
With successful individual 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.
Let's define "beginners" as those who are new to family history, or new to computers, or both. Those who are new to computers will likely need more attention and help with skills needed to use The Family History Guide.