Sunday, February 19, 2017

Change in Calling Names--What Is Different?

If you have been serving in a family history calling, you probably know by now that a change in the titles of the callings happened recently. Why? And does that mean your calling responsibilities have also changed?

Now all members of the Church who have family history callings are called Temple and Family History Consultants. Two reasons for the change:

  • To emphasize the link between temple and family history work.
  • To highlight the new focus we are all to have of working with members one-on-one to help them have a positive experience in finding family members and providing saving temple ordinances. 
What's different about my calling? 

If you were a ward family history consultant before--nothing has really changed. The change is in emphasis and encouragement to have temple and family history consultants working with families and individuals. We want to move away from classes or sitting in a designated room once a week waiting for someone to come ask for help. We want to move toward prayerfully preparing individualized lessons and working with members and families one-on-one.

If you have been a stake indexing director, you would now be a Stake Temple and Family History Consultant with a secondary assignment to promote indexing in the stake. 

If you have been a family history center director, you would now be a Stake Temple and Family History Consultant with a secondary assignment to oversee family history center operations.

If you have been serving as a person in the stake who trains ward or branch consultants, you would now be a Lead Stake Temple and Family History Consultant with a secondary assignment to help train unit consultants. 

Notice the word secondary in the above paragraphs. Now, all consultants have a primary responsibility to work one-on-one with members, preparing personalize lessons to help them with their family history.

I am now a Lead Stake Temple and Family History Consultant and am looking forward to having a good excuse to get with our stake leaders and their families one-on-one to help them find, take, and teach. What a wonderful opportunity to help those who can have a huge impact in moving the work forward in our stake to feel the Spirit of Elijah and become converted to this sacred work! And, of course, I'll still work with the units to help their consultants understand their calling. 

More work? Yep. But that is how we grow. Becoming too comfortable is not terribly good for our eternal progression. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Family Tree Mobile Apps--Possible Duplicates and Merging

Good news! The mobile Family Tree apps (both Android and iOS) now allow you to see possible duplicates of folks on your tree and merge them. You still can't search for duplicates by ID, but it's a step in the right direction. Here's how:

  1. Open the Family Tree mobile app on your iOS or Android device and sign in if prompted.
  2. Tap a person on your pedigree, or use the magnifying glass icon to search for someone and tap the name.
  3. Tap the 3 dots. On iOS devices, it's on the top right, above the dark bar that has the person's name. On Android devices, it's on the right portion of that dark bar. 
  4. On Android, tap Possible Duplicates. On iOS, first tap More, and then Possible Duplicates
  5. If the system finds possible duplicates, you see a list of them.
You can scroll down the list, if there is more than one and decide which seem to be likely duplicates. For any you're sure aren't duplicate, tap Not a Match--it's right beside the large green Review Merge button.

If you see a likely duplicate, tap Review Merge. This allows you to compare the records and decide if they match. First you see a warning message, asking you to review carefully. A good reminder. I'd rather leave duplicates unmerged than make a mess by merging people who are not duplicates. Tap Continue Merge to look at the two records.

On the right you see the record you currently have in the tree and on the left is the record that might be a duplicate. Scroll down and compare the data. If you feel something on the left is more accurate than what is currently in the record, you can tap the green arrow in the left column to add information that's missing from your record or replace information that is there.

If you decide the records are not duplicates, at the bottom, tap Not a Match. Enter a reason the people are not duplicates and tap Done. Tap Not a Match in the top right corner. 

If you feel they are duplicaes, tap Continue Merge. If you didn't make any changes, you see a message. Tap Continue. Enter a reason you are confident that the records are duplicates and tap Merge in the top right corner. 

We can do more and more with the mobile apps, which is really nice when traveling or sitting waiting somewhere. Most of the time I still prefer working with a larger screen, but the apps have their place and are pretty handy to have.