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

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Please Add Information from Sources to the FamilySearch Family Tree!

We love sources that substantiate the entries in the Family Tree. But the job of adding sources is not completed until the information in the source is incorporated to correct or add to the entries in the Vital Information section. I am working through a new (to me) family line and I am finding the someone has done an admirable job of adding sources for the entries but has failed to copy the information in those source records and add it to the Vital Information section. In this particular line, it appears that lot of work has been done. The people are all in Utah and apparently active Church members. But the entries lack standardization, locations for events, and usable name entries. This leaves the entries for someone to come along and "clean up."

You might wonder about cleaning up the entries. Why is this advisable or even necessary? Hasn't all the ordinance work been done for these families? As my father used to say, quoting his father, "any job worth doing is worth doing right." This same attitude can be used to ignore all sorts of necessary human activities such as why weed the garden, the weeds will just grow back or why sweep the floor, it will just get dirty again? Quoting another grandparent, my grandmother used to say, "poor folks have poor ways."

I think I can find a scriptural basis for the need to be careful and complete in entering information into the Family Tree. Here is one good quote from the 132nd Section of the Doctrine and Covenants:
8 Behold, mine house is a house of order, saith the Lord God, and not a house of confusion.
In context, this scripture refers to participating in temple ordinances with the proper authority. But I think the idea of order extends much further. “… Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in His holy temple … a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation.” (D&C 128:22, 24; italics added.) Let's take the time to put our Family Tree house in order and clean up those entries that are incomplete or not standardized.

1 comment:

  1. I've wondered, when I see this, if this is a by product of attaching hints via the mobile app from the recommended task list.

    From the list you tap on a task, jump to the source linker, attach the source, then jump back to the list and move on to the next task with no encouragement to work more on the person's record.

    I personally hardly ever use the mobile app because actual editing of a record on such a small screen is to clumsy and inefficient for me. So I stick to my laptop.