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Genealogy App

posted Mar 16, 2017 02:54:06 by LindseyVawdreyGreenwood
How cool is this!!! If you have a smartphone, (or I'm sure most devices will work) try downloading the app called "Take a Name". You will need to login using your family search username and password, but once you do, let the magic happen. It will begin searching your genealogy and bring up names of your ancestors that need their temple work done. You can reserve it with a press of a button, and even have a PDF file emailed to yourself to print out and take to the temple. The Lord is hastening His work!!! Enjoy!!! 😃
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LoryVanValkenbur said Mar 16, 2017 04:53:13
Thank you!
AnnetteHurst said Mar 16, 2017 07:55:44
I'm sure my database is small compared to many of yours, but it did quickly scan my 737 names and came up with 96 ordinances needing to be done. 70 of those were already reserved but the remaining 26 were new. Very cool app, and I love the visual "relationship to me" link! Thanks so much for letting us know about this exciting and helpful family history tool!
Michelle and Mike Caringella said Mar 16, 2017 08:22:27
Bob Walker said Mar 16, 2017 08:50:29
Please consider buying the app and paying extra for it. This app should be able to stay around for a long time, and they have a small audience of customers.
AnnetteHurst said Mar 16, 2017 15:14:23
I had no problems paying extra for it - money well spent!
JaeleneStarr said Mar 16, 2017 17:07:51
As always, I will give my word of caution. Family search merging is weak. It is possible that the temple work is done under a variant spelling, or married last name and that the records have not been merged.

I guess that I am sensitive to duplicate ordinances being done. For a long period of time 80% of family file ordinances being done were duplicates. Some ordinances were repeated over 20 times! It was a colossal waste of time and I know the adversary was laughing his head off at us.

That said, I would recommend searching the ancestors found in several different ways including by spouse. Often merging needs to be done by using the ID number as family search will show no duplicates.

I'm not trying to discourage, since going to the temple for ones own ancestors is very rewarding. It is a wonderful work!
Susan said Mar 16, 2017 19:02:36
Thank you so much!!! However, it's not pulling up for me. I'll keep trying though.
Susan said Mar 16, 2017 19:04:56
Jaelene, you are sooo right! My mom has been working on family history and is finding so many errors, people married to the wrong people, dates wrong, etc. Some had been correct and were changed. She's even found some that have been sealed twice, etc. It's becoming a mess!!
KarenChandler said Mar 16, 2017 19:52:50
Second the motion for caution. On Family Search on a person's page - scrolling to the bottom and click on app gallery - Find-a-Record - does the same thing - it is also free - scanning your whole family search list for names that need to be done.
But the caution and my philosophy - There is so much wrong, incomplete and sloppy work on Family Search. Every name should be sourced - (if possible) - the names, dates and places should be standardized. Exhaust every available source and attach. If their ordinances are all done except for sealing to a spouse - (spouse not listed) Take the time to research and see if there is a spouse. If you find a spouse through death records, census records, marriage records, cemetery records - check for duplicates - If no duplicates then add and reserve temple work if it hasn't been done. And then there could be children that also need their work done.
Strive for correct records - D&C 128:24 ...."offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Let us, therefore as a church and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness: and let us present in His holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing containing the records of our dead, WHICH SHOULD BE WORTHY OF ALL ACCEPTATION."
Just by sourcing - and correcting - you will find names.
LindseyVawdreyGreenwood said Mar 17, 2017 00:23:38
Great advice Jaelene (and others)! Check, double check and triple check! 😊
Sarah Hunter said Mar 17, 2017 00:28:10
That's why I find Family History work so intimidating! On FamilySearch, I don't know what's right, or wrong, and if it doesn't look right, I don't want to me the jerk that goes in and changes it. I've all but given up.
SusanMalone said Mar 17, 2017 03:25:12
I have to weigh in on this... have been doing family history since I was 10- I am nearly 60... one of those born to do it (and I am a convert to the church). I am currently a temple and family history consultant and have served a family history mission.

Several years ago I used to feel the same way that has been expressed by several here- that doing ordinances that were un-necessary and duplications were a waste of time. I no longer feel that way. Think of the benefits....
1. people get excited because they are taking ancestors names to the temple
2. people GO to the temple to do those names
3. since they are having success at finding names they are more likely to continue to search... as they gain skill and experience, they will begin to improve and see when they need to merge, etc.
4. Just being engaged in this work is a protection for them, with great spiritual blessings promised.

I spend possibly a quarter of my time in FamilySearch merging duplicate people. I realize the hours and hours that seem "wasted" in those ordinances that no longer count. But are they really wasted when the people doing them were in the temple learning and feeling the Spirit?

It could be easily argued that ordinances could have been provided for others instead during those hours. Agreed. But this is all the Lord's work. He blesses us for our efforts and intentions... and if these small successes help people get engaged in this important work, then I say hooray. The members will eventually gain more knowledge and skill as they are led by the Spirit to learn and grow in this area. I believe in teaching sound research principles, but also in encouraging members to get to the temple more often.
SusanMalone said Mar 17, 2017 03:28:41
@Sarah- oh my dear sister- please don't give up. That is just Satan trying to rob you of blessings. Anything that is done in error in Family Tree can be fixed. I promise. I do it all the time (and I harbor no ill feelings towards those who make the mistakes). No big deal- no worries. It is much better to jump in and try than to be paralyzed by fear that you will mess things up. I promise, you will be blessed, even if you make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, so don't let that worry you!!!! Push back against Satan's negative propaganda and claim those sweet experiences and blessings!!!!
SusanMalone said Mar 17, 2017 03:38:41
@Karen- oh I agree whole-heartedly. Sourcing is so important, along with standardizing dates and places. When people ask me about that, I encourage them to begin with attaching sources. It helps them learn what kinds of information is included in what kinds of records. Plus is helps to solidify any relationship in any family. As you do that, you may find missing people who need their work done. I always tell them to start with themselves and verify each generation going back- at least look at it and be sure sources are attached.

A professional genealogist and I were talking yesterday about the mythologies out there where people are quite certain they can trace their line all the way back to Adam (and several Royal families of course). I always just smile when I hear that, and try to gently inform them that it is not possible because the records do not exist to do that. But I encourage them prove it- one generation at a time as they go back. Eventually they will get to the gray area- no sources and lots of assumptions (including Sagas and legends- not facts). That is why we can not submit temple work prior to 1500. You can consider that the "glass ceiling" of family history work. So rather than worry about anything beyond that time, we can work to make sure everyone who has ever lived on the earth since then is in the Tree. That will keep us plenty busy!
ShannonJohnston said Mar 17, 2017 04:16:00
@SusanMalone... Thank you!! As a Young Women's President we are teaching our Young Women to find names to take to the temple. Our Bishop has challenged everyone one able to go to the temple to take a name to the temple this year. I don't believe we could accomplish this if everyone was required to do this perfectly so I appreciate your words and thoughts!
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