Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Day 2, BYU Conference

At the BYU Genealogy and Family History Conference today the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Church) announced new family history manuals are in the works for the church's members and family history consultants.

Todd Jones, Publications Manager for the Family and Church History Department, explained that two new manuals are in the works, a new edition of A Member's Guide to Temple and Family History Work and An Instructor's Guide. The manuals reflect the New FamilySearch and will roll out across the church along with it.

The materials are being evaluated in a pilot program in Missouri where the New FamilySearch is already available. Once finalized, two of each manual will be sent to each unit as the New FamilySearch is introduced in the area. Co-presenter, Stephen F. Anderson, held up two copies of each manual and joked, "if you want them earlier, these will be available on eBay tonight!" Anderson projected the Utah distribution of the materials--and thus the Utah rollout of New FamilySearch--would be about July of 2008.

Jones explained that these materials have been designed differently than in the past. The majority of the audience doesn't speak English, doesn't have computers, isn't familiar with family history, and are new converts to the Church.

Tomorrow: The lessons, the DVD, and Fabio.

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