You may not ask that question, but I would as Derbyshire and Staffordshire are the English counties of my Bates ancestors.
It's been a while since I have posted. Being a Family History Center Director, even for a small center, is one busy endeavor!
I always viewed myself as a fair researcher, a good teacher, and waited for the time that I could work on my own family history. Maybe even assisting in the "MOTHERSHIP" in Salt Lake City. I had no idea how busy I would be with this church calling to direct, organize, update and staff the center. Research? HA! My family history? HA! I am hoping for a lull so that I can start again.
It has been a little over two years since I began a short stint of a few months as a Family History Center assistant director, then, as the director. My head swims with staffing, substitutes, computers, scanners, office chairs, supplies, reports and training for the FHC staff. I. Had. No. Idea.
Once everything seems organized, someone moves, receives a new calling in the church, retires, or even dies. Staffing is a revolving door. Nonetheless our FHC helpers really do help our patrons. Sometimes it is a team effort.
Here are my musings about 2016:
The Hubs and I made the trek to Salt Lake City and its Salt Palace for the 2016 RootsTech Conference. One of the keynote speakers was David Isay. His presentation was of primary importance as so many do not know the stories of their families that can inspire them to live through hardships and rejoice in the good times.
I am a Family History Center Director, former young adult librarian, researcher and avid family historian. I believe that deep reading of primary sources divulge amazing results.