Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What do the new Family History Activity Reports Show Us?

Please feel free to make the contents of this post available to any of your Ward or Stake members or leaders who may have a need to see or use the new Family History Activity Reports.


Beginning with the April 2017 reports, the new Family History Activity Reports are now widely available to Ward and Stake leaders and Temple and Family History Consultants. Some Stakes were in the Beta program and had early access to the reports. Overall indications are that the new effort to raise the members' awareness of family history is having a positive impact on activity church-wide. The Report for May 2017 was just made available as of the date of this post.

Access to the new Reports is through the Leaders and Clerks Resources on LDS.org. Authorization to view the Reports is tied to the description of a member's calling in the Member and Leader Services program or MLS. For example, if your calling was as a Ward Family History Consultant, your calling in the MLS needs to be updated to Temple and Family History Consultant in order to view the reports.

The first section of the Family History Activity Report is a graph showing the number of members submitting at least one name to the Temple during the calendar year compared to the previous year. You can see a representative report above. The green line indicates that there are more people submitting in this Ward than the previous year. Here is a sample of a Stake FHAR.


My experience here in Provo, Utah is that the increases are due to the activity of the newly designated Temple and Family History Consultants helping individual members to obtain names through the FamilySearch.org website. There is also a direct correlation with the availability of the FamilySearch.org website and the fact that it now works. Much of this increase is directly attributable to the developer and programmer team at FamilySearch who finally got the Family Tree working properly and continue to upgrade and maintain the website.

The next section of the Report shows the number of members who have some entries in the First Four Generations of their Ancestors in the Tree (FamilySearch.org Family Tree).

This is the section in which you will see the greatest disparity between Wards and Stakes.  The percentages of activity in this level can vary dramatically. This is the area overall, where the Wards and Stakes can see a great amount of improvement.

The next section of the Report indicates the number of members logging in to FamilySearch. It is interesting that even though the report shows an increase in members submitting names, this particular section may show a decrease in overall activity.

The next section contains three separate graphs: those members who have added an ancestor to the Family Tree, those members who have added a memory, and those members who have participated in the indexing program.

The downturn shown by this example in the indexing activity that is indicative of an overall decline throughout the Church. However, with the introduction of the new web-based Indexing program, we should start to see some increase.

The last section of the report shows a breakdown in the numbers of members participating by submitting names to the temples.

The report can be viewed by percentages also.

Leaders who use this report will find that there is a direct correlation between activity and family history and temple attendance the overall activity levels in their Stakes and Wards.

The stake level reports contain statistics about each of the wards in the stake.


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