1974
Should classes other than the ‘Family Exaltation and You’ genealogy class be taught in the ward or stake?
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“Should classes other than the ‘Family Exaltation and You’ genealogy class be taught in the ward or stake?” Ensign, Mar. 1974, 24

Should classes other than the “Family Exaltation and You” genealogy class be taught in the ward or stake as needed, such as how to compile a book of remembrance, and principles of basic, intermediate, and advanced research? How would these classes fit into the overall Church program?

Let’s discuss each of these proposed classes in turn.

“Family Exaltation and You” is now taught under the direction of the Sunday School. If taught as outlined, it fills the need for instruction in compiling the book of remembrance and in the basic fundamentals of research, such as finding sources in the home.

This initial course, which includes directions for submitting names for temple work, can be followed by intermediate classes where needed for those ready for more advanced work, as long as these special classes do not interfere with the basic course. Intermediate lessons, when required, are taught under the direction of the priesthood genealogy leader and should be limited to subject matter that is pertinent to all areas of research rather than any particular geographical area. Many wards have successfully used a three-month series of lessons based on the Brigham Young University home study course, “Introduction to Genealogy.”

Any advanced classes should be implemented only after the approval of the bishop or stake president and the high council adviser for genealogy, or the high priests group leader. These optional classes should be provided preferably on a multi-ward basis, when there are sufficient students with needs to warrant such specific instruction and where qualified instructors are available. Research in this class would apply to a specific country or section of a country.