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The family history center director in Griffith, Indiana, reports that a lot of recent positive activity in the family history center is keeping him busy.
Brother James Clifton Baughman says that many members in a Spanish branch in his stake have been visiting the family history center and are finding names of ancestors to take to the temple primarily due to the digitized civil registrations and church records now available online.
Many of the Spanish members are unable to type or use the computer, so staff members and volunteers are helping them search the records and prepare the names for the temple.
Brother Baughman says that five families in the branch came from a small community in Mexico, and many of their ancestors can be found on the digitized records. One member of the Spanish branch has prepared at least 80 names for temple work, and he attends the temple every Saturday to provide temple ordinances for these ancestors.
Another sister in the stake has been gathering information for many years and putting it all into a box as suggested by President Boyd K. Packer. In the box she has collected newspaper clippings, photographs of headstones, and a number of other items that needed to be organized. She had done the initial gathering of information but didn’t know what to do next. One of the members of her ward has volunteered to help her organize the information and put it into record form on her computer and help her prepare the names so that they can be cleared for temple work.
Brother Baughman also reports that a number of community patrons have contacted him asking for help to organize their personal histories. One community patron brought in her daughter and niece so that they could help her research and enter information into the computer to create a personal family history.
The family history center is so busy, he said, that there is a waiting list to get in. There is great progress in Indiana!