LDS Church News

Plan and host a stake family history fair

By Sonja Carlson

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, March 29 2014 12:15 p.m. MDT

“We’re trying to build a little bit of a fire in the hearts of people to … have them bring family history work in as an option of something they can spend their time on,” Brother Wager said. “A lot of people don’t put a lot of emphasis on that even though inside they feel it’s important. So my goal is to raise the awareness of that and also to let people know that it’s not as hard as it used to be. It’s getting a lot easier to do and you don’t have to have large blocks of time or go on expensive travel to some of these sites or wait for weeks or months to order records; a lot of the stuff can be found within a matter of minutes online.”

He said he was really encouraged by the outcome of the fair and wants to do it again next year.

The Arlington Texas Stake holds a family history fair each March, and at this year’s Fourth Annual fair on March 1, RootsTech sessions were used which were very well accepted by the attendees, said Merry Shaw, director of the Arlington Stake Family History Center.

Sister Shaw hopes fair attendees gained “a love for family history and the desire to do their research.”

“The more we share, the more we learn about ourselves and our ancestors,” she said. “And the more we learn about our ancestors, the more we appreciate the really good qualities within ourselves.”

Sister Shaw said she thinks they will use RootsTech content again next year.

“It was very positive. The classes we chose were excellent and it adds another dimension to our fair,” she said.

Representatives in interested stakes can go to www.lds.org/topics/family-history/host-a-family-history-fair to sign up and learn more about hosting their own fair. Questions can also be directed to familyhistoryfair@familysearch.org.