Re: PAF - & other software programs
- --- In FHCNET@yahoogroups.com, "T. Mason" <tmason1@...> wrote:
> I am under obligation to teach Church policy and use materials thatsimple answer is Yes.
> support PAF in our Family History Center.
You are required to teach members how to submit a name to the Temple
for Ordinance work according to the requirements established NOW (not
how to use individual & marriage entry forms from the 60's)
You are to teach principles related to WHY & HOW we do temple work &
You are not required to tell patrons that PAF is the BEST family
history software available.
You are required to tell patrons that PAF & Computers are available
in your FHC without charge--except copy fees, etc.
You are required to tell patrons that PAF is available for download
FREE at LDS org.
You are required to tell patrons that resources at FamilySearch.org
are available to all with certain requirements, and that they may
access it at a FHC or from any computer with internet access.
My responsibility as a Member is to FIND, RECORD & Preserve MY own
My responsibility as a Member is to ensure that MY family members
have had Temple ordinances performed.
My responsibility as FHC staff (consultant, director, staff)is to
help members and non-members FIND, RECORD & Preserve their own family
The Church`s responsibility is to provide Temple ordinances for every
individual who ever lived.
The Church provides certain tools to
1. HELP me FIND, RECORD & Preserve MY own family history
2. HELP me as a Member is to ensure MY family members have
Temple ordinances performed
3. Help me as FHC staff (consultant, directors, staff, or
whatever my title is at the time) help members and non-members FIND,
RECORD & Preserve their own family history.
4. provide Temple ordinances for every individuals living & dead.
We teach the principles related to WHY & HOW we do temple work &
We teach PAF & research methods to those who do not already know the
principles of recording, research, etc. For some individuals that is
all they will ever do. Some will publish books and create websites
adn family organizations and DNA studies.
If we want to do more with our genealogy than PAF provides, that is
not the concern of the Church.
The church helps me FIND my ancestors. They provide some records.
They do have access to all the records I need.
Some records are only in my relatives home--I must find them.
Some records are only in my relatives memory--I must interview them.
Some records are only in a cemetery--I must find it.
The Church does not care how we record family history. They provide
forms & software for me and to anyone, member or not if we choose to
They make certain suggestions (day-month-year; maiden name only,
surname in all-caps, etc)
But I may choose to record my Book of Remembrance on parchment paper,
brass plates, a cross-stitched sampler or whatever. That is not
their concern or business.
I am only 49 years old, but I have seen many changes in the way the
Church helps me record data & provide Temple ordinances.
At one time the Church provided Long forms (8 ½ by 14--many children
on a page, and their ordinance dates off to the right just like a
spreadsheet) & "Short forms" (8 ½ by 11--no space for temple work)
Pink short forms for research, yellow short forms, etc.
These forms had many virtues, but some problems--required a special
Binder, did not fit many typewriters without folding, had to be
copied by hand with the possibility of copy errors OR pay expensive
fees to make copies. ($1 per page.)
At one time I made contact with a family member who had done research
& temple work for our mutual ancestors. He had a Bk of Remembrance
with close to 1,000 FG sheets. He drove 5 hrs to loan me that book
and my mother & I copied abt 960 sheets by hand, and drove 5 hrs to
return the book. It was an answer to prayers and we rejoiced in the
work. With technology nowwe could have shared all we know in a
matter of minutes.
The Church`s responsibility to provide Temple ordinances is different
situation than respons to record.
The church sets the standards for what I wear when I enter the
temple. I may choose to wear a dress with or without lace, homemade,
borrowed or purchased, but it must be white and cover specific parts
of my body.
If I take a family name to the Temple it must go thru a process.
That process varies depending on the timeused to send forms to Salt
Lake for approval, wait maybe 6 months, get a letter back.
Now the process involves TempleReady Windows.
The church does not care HOW I get my family names into TempleReady
That is why they provide GEDCOM support.
As a lifelong member east of the Mississippi, for much of my life the
nearest temple was at least a day's drive away. At last we got a
temple 4 hrs away.
Obviously it was easier for us to go the temple, but for some it was
still very difficult. Some could not afford a car or gas money, some
were afraid to drive in traffic, some could not see, but if they
could find a ride they would go.
They tried to reduce the burden on members our stake rented a bus to
go to the temple a certain day each month. We only had to show up,
not find a bus or a driver.
The pickup times were announced in church and all were free to use
If we chose to carpool to the temple we were on our own Carpool times
were not announced from the pulpit BUT there was no pressure to ride
the bus instead of carpool.
It is the same with PAF. It is the "free" long form and bus ride to
The church provides computers for their convenience.
Temple names have to be screened in a certain way to make it easier
for Temple workers.
This process may change at any time.
The church does not require or expect me to buy a computer to do my
genealogy or to buy a car to ride to church in order to attend
meetingsbike, walk, or fly.
If I need a computer, it is at the church. It has certain software
for my use, free.
IF I need instruction in how to use the computer to DO FAMILY HISTORY
they will show me.
(I use Rootsmagic, teach PAF, sometimes use FTM, LEGACY, Ancestral
Questnobody is perfect J
- You could be right, Russell.
> >>> I think, though, that there are issues being ignored. (g)
> For one, my notes contain things I wouldn't want anyone else to see <<<
> Not at all. Have you been following Dan Lawyer's blog at
> <http://eatslikeahuman.blogspot.com/?> Take a look at his older stuff. In
> particular the one on May 25 titled "Trust Model". Just because it's
> uploaded to the website doesn't mean it's automatically public. There are
> advantages to this. One, the site can tell if you if notices that what you
> have entered matches someone else's and can offer to put you in contact with
> them. Second, is you can set options as to what happens if for some reason
> you fail to log back in in a year or two (such as when you get hit by a
> bus). Third, backup.
> >>> For another, no electronic storage media is fail-safe ...
> and in a major emergency protecting the media is a distant priority. The
> Twin Towers didn't leave much in the way of recoverable electronics or
> e-storage; Katrina left even less; the recent tornado ... And, you can't
> store the servers on top the mountain peak they'll get hit by lightening but
> you can't store them under the mountain either, because (a) the wireless
> doesn't work and (b) power conduits will leak and short-out the whole
> complex. <<<
> Standard procedure these days for major sites is that they are located in at
> least two locations spaced FAR apart. The advantage of digital data is that
> it can be copied and stored at multiple sites. I'd expect the church to
> maintain the same diligence in protecting the data. The disasters you
> mentioned have overwhelmed paper-based systems and Katrina in particular
> probably would have overwhelmed most people's personal backup systems - IF
> they were backing up. The data is far more secure in a well managed website
> then in any individual's hands.
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