Sunday, 24 August 2014

Launceston members discover their roots at "Ward Temple Day"

In an effort to increase the number of members experiencing the joy and spiritual strength of family history work, the Esk and Tamar Wards in Launceston combined for their first ward temple day on Saturday 23 August.

The event began at 10am with a brief message from our stake high councillor over temple and family history work, Brother Corey Bailey, about the importance of providing saving ordinances for the living and the dead, and then members separated into six groups to try their hand at different aspects of family history work.

Stake Indexing Director, Sister Pam Bye, and her husband Noel travelled nearly two hours from Burnie to teach members about FamilySearch Indexing. This is the process of transcribing details from digital images so that the information can be made available and searchable to the public via

Other workshops included scanning and uploading photos and documents to the Family Tree on, recording family stories and memories, researching ancestors using Family History Centre resources and BillionGraves indexing.

Members around the stake will have an opportunity to participate in BillionGraves indexing on National Helping Hands Day in October... more details to come!

All age groups were represented and enjoyed the opportunity of working together as families to learn about their heritage. Temple nights will be held at Launceston Chapel every second Tuesday from 6.30 p.m. and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. To learn more go to