Family Search — On the Road, a Public Genealogy Outreach Effort

Has anyone else had exposure to or experience with the Church’s new mobile Family Search unit that travels around providing people in the communities where our chapels are found with the opportunity to do basic family history research?

The stake public affairs representative is in our ward. For the last couple of months she has been working tirelessly on the public relations outreach relating to bringing the Family Search unit to our chapel. One example of her efforts was in the local newspaper in the borough where the chapel for our ward is located (we live in a different borough but fall into this ward).

Our public affairs director has been very effective in her approach to this position and has consistently been able to arrange for newspaper articles about the Church in the areas of our stake, as well as a few interviews with the Stake President on local radio stations. Over Christmas she was able to coordinate an intricate choir concert with a number of VIP guests in attendance, including the Mayor of Havering (who was very gracious to attend and then invited the stake choir to participate in an event that she herself was sponsoring at town hall), other local borough officials, and at least two (it might have been three) Members of Parliament from the constituencies within the borders of our stake. She was also able to arrange fundraising events for local charities — a local orphanage and a home for the elderly — at our local chapel. I have been impressed with the approach our pubilc affairs director is taking and find it to be a very effective means of community outreach.

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5 Responses to Family Search — On the Road, a Public Genealogy Outreach Effort

  1. Peter LLC says:

    Sounds great. I’ve seen publicity efforts in Vienna ebb and flow and I suspect the difficulty is in sustaining the effort required to keep the church on the news radar (excepting the occasional indigenous article on cults or polygamy, of course.)

  2. J. Stapley says:

    I hadn’t heard about this. What an excellent effort.

  3. shaun says:

    “had expsoure to or experience with…

    What, please, differentiates?

    “new mobile Family Search unit that travels around…”

    As opposed to a mobile unit that doesn’t travel around?

    I could continue into the next (and the third and fourth) paragraph, but why?

    Remedial education, not a bad idea for you, Mate

  4. Peter LLC says:

    Let us not be pedantic, Shaun. It’s just blogging.

  5. shaun says:

    Point accepted, Peter LLC.

    Sorry.

    Shaun (sine plc)

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