Family History Center Director

A collection of online resources to help you fulfill your calling.


 

 

The Director's Role

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  • Video

    Creating the Family History Center of Tomorrow

  • Video

    Putting the Family Back in Family History Centers

  • Video

    Engaging Youth in Family History Centers

A family history center director works in harmony with local priesthood leaders, helping them to achieve their objectives for moving forward the work of salvation. Directors are supported by the Family History Department. Directors play a vital role in creating an environment where the spirit of Elijah can be felt, and a gathering place can be established for members and community visitors. The family history experience of visitors is enhanced by the resources, classes and activities, and one-on-one assistance which are provided. Effective directors find a way to draw in those who have not traditionally been interested in family history.


For New Directors

  • Quick Start Guide: This document helps new directors understand their calling and quickly learn what to do.
  • To Turn the Hearts Guide and Videos: Study a resource guide and watch a series of documentary-style videos designed to act as a supplement to Handbook 2.
  • Handbook 2, section 5.4: Read the section from Handbook 2 that outlines the duties associated with temple and family history work.
  • Operations Guide: View a guide for all family history center directors and staff in the United States and Canada.

Why We Have Family History Centers

The primary purpose of a family history center is to help members fulfill their divinely appointed responsibility to qualify their ancestors for temple ordinances. Additionally, centers can also assist priesthood leaders in the work of salvation by providing experiences that help individuals feel the Spirit. These experiences can strengthen new converts, reactivate members, and interest investigators. Community patrons are also welcome to use the resources available at centers. Family history centers provide members and community patrons access to family history resources, classes and workshops and one-on-one assistance.

Family History Center Portal Website Lessons


United States and Canada

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • Family history center premium websites with records for the United States and Canada.

  • What websites to recommend to patrons.

  • How to search the websites.



 

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • Family history center premium websites with records for the British Isles and Sweden.

  • What websites to recommend to patrons.

  • How to search the websites.

British Isles and Sweden