What I'm searching for is enough information so that I can be useful in my calling as Temple and Family History Leader.
Here is the official word on the change:
My understanding was that the original metric was "the current percentage of first four generation ancestors in FamilySearch Family Tree for members of the unit" and that now the metric "has been adjusted to represent only the Family Trees of members who have a FamilySearch account." Since "this change will result in a lower number of “First Four Generation Trees” reported" (my unit dropped nearly 50%), I conclude that there are indeed members with four generation trees but without a FamilySearch account.A change was recently made to the Family History Activity Report (FHAR).
A brief note approved by Elder Kevin S. Hamilton of the Seventy describes this change:
“The “Family History Activity Report” found in Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR) has been adjusted to represent only the Family Trees of members who have a FamilySearch account. This change will result in a lower number of “First Four Generation Trees” reported. This adjustment should give leaders more accurate information about member family history activity in their unit.”
The change has already been implemented from an experience perspective. The workaround that has been used to maintain consistent reporting will be retired. The change will provide more accurate reporting and better data governance.
If you have questions about this change or need additional information, please contact your local Priesthood leaders.
So these questions come to mind, and I would like to understand how to answer them as a local Priesthood leader.
Can we identify those members whose trees have now been excluded from the metric?
If such a member simply signs up for a FamilySearch account, will that member then be included in the new metric?
If not, what must they do to be included?
How does this all fit with the ability to sign into FamilySearch using one's Church Account? Is a Church Account and a FamilySearch account the same as far as this metric is concerned, or do they specifically need a FamilySearch account? And if it is the latter, then do they need to ignore the "Sign in with Church Account" option and sign in directly to FamilySearch?
Again, I'm interested not only in the details of the change, but in clear instruction regarding how to respond to the change as we seek to engage in this great work.
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