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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The difference between those living and those dead in New FamilySearch

New FamilySearch has implemented extensive rules concerning the display of information on living individuals. The new rules recently released have the following guidelines:
Seeing Information about Living Relatives
If you want to see information about your living grandchildren, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives that the system does not show, you must contribute their information yourself. But remember, only you will be able to see this information.
Before you contribute information about living individuals who are or were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, remember that the system will display their information automatically after one of the following happens:
• Death information is added to their membership record.
• 110 years have passed since their birth.
The records that you contribute become duplicate records that will need to be combined.
Until the system has better features to help you work with information about living relatives, please consider the following recommendations:
• Contribute living relatives only when you need to link the records of living individuals to deceased individuals. This minimizes the number of duplicate records that are added to the system.
• Use a computer program like Personal Ancestral File if you want to keep extensive information about living relatives.
This is one of the first issues new users confront, the absence of information about close family members. Even though people are told that the information for family members is in the database, they often still insist on adding the information again. Hopefully, these new guidelines will be extensively disseminated and will be able to persuade people not to add their relatives, especially if they were or are members of the LDS Church.

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