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When the Family History Department surveyed hundreds of priesthood leaders about what they wanted to know to increase temple worship and family history work in their area, a common request was for better visibility into what was currently happening, as well as the ability to track progress over time. To answer this request, the Family History Department has created a new report called the Family History Activity Report (FHAR), available in Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR) on LDS.org, under the Reports tab. The FHAR gives a quick snapshot of what family history activities members have been engaging in and how that activity compares to previous years.
What the Report Shows
The FHAR includes five sections that show an area, stake, or ward’s engagement in different activities related to temple worship and family history.
Submitter Trend Line
The top section of the report plots the current year’s monthly submitter numbers versus the previous years. This section enables priesthood leaders to see how the focus on temple work for ancestors is progressing. In this section, a submitter is defined as an individual member who prints a Family Ordinance Request (FOR) or a family ordinance card to take to the temple or who shares an ordinance with the temple. One member printing 30 family name cards to share with ward members at church counts in the report as one submitter. However, one member who reserves 30 ordinances and shares them with 10 ward members via the Share feature on FamilySearch.org could result in all 11 members being counted as submitters, if those 10 members print or share the ordinances.
First Four Generations
The middle section of the report features three different charts. The first chart on the left shows the current percentage of the members of the unit who have the first four generation ancestors in their FamilySearch Family Tree. In addition, it shows the trend over the past two years.
Members Logging In
The second report in the middle section shows the number of individuals who have logged in to FamilySearch.org from the start of the current year to the end of the previous month. This number can suggest how unit members are using key Church resources for temple and family history work. The chart also compares the current year’s number with data for the same time period from the two previous years.
Key FamilySearch Activities
The third report in the middle section shows how many members of the unit have participated in three key activities on FamilySearch.org since the beginning of the current year:
- Added an ancestor to Family Tree.
- Added a memory (photo or story) to Family Tree.
- Indexed a batch of records to make them searchable.
This chart also shows the number of member who had participated in these activities by the same date in the two previous years.
Year-to-Date Submitters Unit Detail
The final section of the FHAR provides more detailed information on who has been submitting names to the temple. The total number given in the top section of the report is divided into the following groups:
- Young Single Adults
This more detailed treatment allows you to monitor engagement in temple and family history work among key population segments in the unit. It has been shown, for example, that participation in family history and in temple worship can aid in new convert retention.
More reports will follow in the future, allowing leaders to clearly see how their temple and family history efforts are going and where to direct further encouragement.
Much of the information in this post was taken from the “Understanding Your Family History Calling” session at RootsTech, given by Rod DeGiulio, director of the Priesthood and Area Support Division of the Family History Department. Click here to view Rod’s full presentation (remarks regarding the Family History Activity Report begin at 42:25 in the video).
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