Here you will find resources for using The Family History Guide for ward and stake leaders, Temple and Family History Consultants, and missionaries in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Also, these materials are not intended to replace or supersede any official Church materials or policies; they are to be used as a supplement to facilitate and accelerate family history learning and involvement in Church settings. The Family History Guide is approved by FamilySearch as a training resource for family history.
For information on ward family history plans and priesthood instruction, see Elder Bednar's video. The Family History Guide does not provide ward family history plans, but it can be a valuable resource as plans are developed in wards.
This slide deck shows ward and stake leaders how The Family History Guide can help them increase family history participation and enjoyment in their organizations (Elder's Quorum, Relief Society, Young Men and Young Women, Primary, Ward Mission, etc.).
Leadership Training for The Family History Guide
This slide deck explains the family history Companion for Come, Follow Me, on The Family History Guide website. The slides can be used in a lesson or fireside to introduce the Companion, or to raise awareness about how the Companion can add a family history perspective to home-centered gospel study.
Come, Follow Me Presentation
Here are additional family history resources for wards (these can be modified for ward use):
This slide deck provides training for using The Family History Guide to help Consultants accelerate their learning and master family history skills.
Temple & Family History Consultant Training
Here is an additional article that explains how Temple and Family History Consultants can work with local leadership and with the people they serve, to make a bigger difference.
The first PDF document below is an overview of how The Family History Guide can be effectively used in missionary work, whether in wards and stakes or in missions. The second PDF document describes how missionaries can be trained on using The Family History Guide in cojunction with their finding and teaching efforts. The third is a half-sheet pass-along flyer for missionaries.
Note : The Pass-along cards for The Family History Guide are an essential tool for sharing The Family History Guide with others, and they can be used by missionaries and members alike.
The Family History Guide provides helpful statistics on learning progress, through the Online Tracker. Individuals can track their own learning progress, and any organization can track learning progress of their voluntary group members with statistical reports. For example, an individual can see how many Goals he or she has accomplished, and an Elder's Quorum or Relief Society leader can see similar information for their organizations.
Note : Report information is based on voluntary email addresses for those using the Online Tracker. No Church lists or confidential data are used.
Here is a sample report (click to enlarge):
For information on using the Online Tracker, see Online Tracker Help in The Family History Guide.
Q1 - What is the connection between FamilySearch and The Family History Guide?
A1 - FamilySearch has approved The Family History Guide as a training resource. See Helper Resources (scroll down to "How to Use FamilySearch") for the link from FamilySearch to The Family History Guide.
Q2 - Is The Family History Guide endorsed by FamilySearch or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
A2 - Approved - yes. Endorsed, recommended, required, etc. - no. Be sure to focus on the word "approved," as that is what is in the legal agreement.
Q3 - Has The Family History Guide been through Church Correlation?
A3 - Yes, but we do not discuss that on our website. It was reviewed by the Correlation and Legal Departments to ensure compliance with branding, publication, and legal requirements and guidelines.
Q4 - What about changes to The Family History Guide since it was approved?
A4 - We do not pass our current website updates through Correlation and Legal, as it would significantly slow our development process. However, we keep the content in line with the requirements and guidelines as approved beforehand.
Q5 - Does the Training section of The Family History Guide supersede or conflict with training that the Church and FamilySearch offer to Temple and Family History Consultants?
A5 - No. The Family History Guide is an additional tool that can be used in conjunction with the Church and FamilySearch training.
Q6 - In The Family History Guide, are the Come, Follow Me Companion and Leadership Resources pages officially sponsored Church content?
Q6 - No. The website makes it clear that these particular pages originate from The Family History Guide Association. Their purpose is to help others use The Family History Guide as a supplement to gospel study, or ward or stake family history involvement.
Q7 - How is The Family History Guide being used?
A7 - It is in the portal for all family history centers worldwide. Many family history centers, stakes, and wards are using The Family History Guide as a resource to get people started with family history and to accelerate family history learning and progress. It can be a powerful tool for any ward or stake organization interested in famnily history.
Q8 - Why isn't there a link in the FamilySearch Help menu for The Family History Guide, so people can find it more easily?
A8 - Only FamilySearch-produced items may appear in the Help menu. The Family History Guide can be found in the Solutions Gallery, along with Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast, etc.
Q9 - What happens when FamilySearch changes its features?
A9 - We do our best to keep The Family History Guide up-to-date and in synch with FamilySearch, Ancestry, etc. Otherwise, we become irrelevant over time, which is the opposite of what we want.
Q10 - How is The Family History Guide funded?
A10 - We are funded primarily by donations, both from corporations and individuals. The Family History Guide is a 501c3 charitable, non-profit organization, so donations are tax-deductible. There is no paid advertising on the site, and there are no subscriptions or fees for using the site.
Q11 - Is The Family History Guide non-denominational?
A11 - Yes; anyone is welcome on the site. Information specifically for Latter-day Saints, such as temple ordinances, General Conference messages, etc. is kept in separate locations, so users will not likely encounter it unintentionally. The Faiths menu also has information for Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish research.