Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Managing your Temple lists just became easier has announced some major improvements to the Family Tree Temple lists. The changes are as follows:
  • Your temple list loads more quickly than it did before. 
  • You can scroll through the names on your list and still see the options at the top of the page.
  • The temple list on has more sorting options than provided. Sorting is now as easy as clicking the column headings at the top of your list. (The Sort By drop-down list has been removed because it is no longer needed.)
  • You can filter your list to see only specific people. Filtering your list temporarily reduces the number of names on your list to the people whose names contain specific characters that you enter or who have a specific ID number.
To sort the Temple list by a specific heading, all you do is click on the heading. When you sort by name, you can also click on a down arrow to sort by first name, last name, birth date, gender and ID number. Quoting from the announcement:

If you sort by Name, the list is sorted by the person’s full name in the order in which it is typically spoken. For example, names in English, Spanish, and other Western cultures are sorted by first name then last name, since that is the order in which the names are typically spoken. Asian names are sorted first by family name and then by given name.
It is very useful to know that this order of sorting is not just arbitrary, but was chosen for a specific purpose to make the sorting international in scope.

You can also click on Ordinances, Sealing, and date reserved. Ordinance sorting can be further sorted by Ordinance type. Sealings can be sorted by reserved or not reserved. Again quoting from the announcement, " If you have reserved all of the sealings for one family, this sort should bring all of the family members together, where you can easily find their names."

The changes in the program also allow you to filter your list by entering a few letters or numbers. Everyone with the chosen numbers or letters will be shown in the list. Don't forget to empty out the filter box if you want to see everyone on the list. When you filter your list, the numbers of ordinances at the top of your list change to reflect the number of people found by that filter in each portion of your list.

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