Ask a Family History Consultant, They Can Help You

Did he really say that
Did you know that in Latter-Day Saint Congregations (Mormons) and at Family History Centers around the world, family history consultants would be happy to help you get started discovering your family heritage?

Unfortunately, I recently heard a discouraging remark. It went something along the lines that family history has become so easy you don't need a family history consultant to help you. Knowing the world is filled with family history consultants who would LOVE to help others, this cut deep. 

I'll offer the benefit of the doubt to the person who made the remark. They were probably playing the "it's so easy” card to invite people to be engaged in genealogy; however, they shoot themselves and others in the foot by saying such statements.

For many folks, getting started in family history is anything but easy. 
  • Where to start? 
  • How to start? 
  • Where to focus energy? 
  • How to get from what you know to what you don't know? 
  • How to recognize what you don't know? 
  • What resources are available?

All these questions and more are a trained family history consultants' specialty and passion.

Ask a Family History Consultant They Can Help You


Do you know or remember very little about your grandparents and great grandparents?

 A Family History Consultant can help you.

A family history consultant will be instantly familiar with records that should identify your relative given the sparse information you have. Not only that, consultants may know how to ask you the questions to get answers that will be triggers for records. Getting past the unknown to the known should be a skill of a family history consultant. Ask them, they can help you.

Do you have a full family and you have no idea where to start contributing to the work?

 A Family History Consultant can help you.

A family history consultant will know how to climb your tree and look for clues to potential overlooked branches. They can help you find leads, teach you how to evaluate the leads, and let you know when you've hit a dead end. They may point out possible trouble spots that may need resolved before more research is attempted. They may even direct you in a different direction, such as attaching sources to the names on your tree. Or they'll direct you to to add stories and photos to those on your tree. You never know what leads you'll discover when you head down that path. Ask them, they can help you.


Do you want to be engaged in family history work, but research is not your strong point?

 A Family History Consultant can help you.

A family history consultant can introduce you to indexing. Isn't it easier to finding things in a book that has an index? The same goes for finding records pertaining to family members. Indexing is a service project that family history consultants can walk you through step by step. They would be happy to work with you until you get the hang of it, recommend projects for you and/or your family, and celebrate with you when you reach milestones. They'll even be happy to research questions you may have. Ask them, they can help you.

Do you have a tree that's not as complete as you think it should be or your tree keeps changing?

 A Family History Consultant can help you.

A family history consultant can help you connect with the folks you think should be attached to your family tree but aren't currently. 

A family history consultant should be familiar with the new phase of family history where we create one tree. They can help you determine if the changes where you 'lost' ancestors were valid. They can help you analyze information and restore inappropriate changes and leave good reason statements why changes to FamilySearch.org should be left alone. They can help you see that the line that took you back to Richard the Lionheart was actually full of well documented errors and the shorter pedigree chart is more accurate. If they can not help you see all of this, they can point you to the people who can. Ask them. 


Don't Wait For Them to Find You

Family history is easier than it has been before, but it doesn't mean that it's easy. Family history consultants are still a vital part of helping people get started, analyze problems, and resolve issues with family history. Use them! Contact them with a list of times and dates your are available and set up an appointment with them. Don't wait for them to find you. Go track them down. And if one consultant can't help you, ask another. Go to the family history library. Use the help desk on FamilySearch.org. There are so many consultants willing to help, but they just don't know who needs them. Go to them. Then can help you.


And if you are an LDS Church leader, make sure your consultants have taken the initiative to train themselves to be of service, and then direct people to them.

To find a family history center near you, visit FamilySearch.org. In the upper right corner, click "Get Help" and then "Find Local Help." You will then be promoted to enter in your location and a map will show you the nearest Family History Center, the hours of operation, and contact information. If you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but know a few friends who are, ask them to put you in contact with a family history consultant. You'll make their day!

5 comments :

  1. This is a great post! I shared it on my Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/RevealingRootsandBranches

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  2. Devon,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/06/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-june-19-2015.html

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. As always, thanks Jana! I hope it reaches those who need it most.

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