Yesterday FamilySearch announced to users of the New FamilySearch (NFS) that all temples in Idaho and Utah will record ordinances using the new FamilySearch System by the end of July 2009. Because all temples outside the Orient will be using NFS, no further temple ordinance information will be added to the International Genealogical Index (IGI).
“Because of this, members [of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] should use the new FamilySearch site to view and verify the latest ordinance information,” states Help Center document 107347, which is only available to users logged into NFS. “Members who have registered in the existing FamilySearch.org site will be given access to register in the new FamilySearch system.”
Also because of the total switch-over to NFS, temples will not accept TempleReady floppies except in extenuating circumstances. Instead of taking a TempleReady disk to the temple, patrons take a Family Ordinance Request (FOR), which is a sheet of paper with a bar-code.
However, some members in Utah and Idaho will only be given read-only access to NFS for several months. For such members, the temple submission process will require these steps:
- Research and identify ancestors as normal.
- Use New FamilySearch to check what ordinances have already been done.
- Use TempleReady to prepare a submission file.
- Have a family history consultant in your ward or family history center (FHC) convert the TempleReady file to an FOR. For this step, you will need your membership record number.
Family history consultants should be warned that converting a TempleReady file to an FOR does not check for duplicates, as some of the prompts imply. Last Wednesday at my FHC a patron accidentally brought in a TempleReady file for a family that he had submitted earlier in the day. NFS accepted the file without complaint.
After reading the announcement, I felt unclear on several points:
- When will members who have registered in the existing FamilySearch.org site be given access to register in the NFS site? Now? As their temple goes live? At the end of July?
- What determines who gets full-access versus who gets read-only access? System load?
- Will all members who have registered in the existing Family FamilySearch.org get full access?
- When will members who have not registered in the existing FamilySearch.org get to use NFS?
In the Timpanogos temple district, members are already required to take FORs to the temple, even though only consultants have access to NFS.
- Is this true in other Idaho/Utah temples?
- Is there a place in the Help Center we can go to see a list or a schedule showing when that requirement starts at the remaining Idaho and Utah temples?
- Members in the Timpanogos temple district must have a family history consultant do the duplication check for them since only consultants currently have NFS access. Will that continue to be the case for some stakes after the end of July?
If I get any answers, I’ll pass them on. Stay tuned…
P.S. Draper and Idaho Falls consultants received notice yesterday that they now have NFS access. Watch for the latest news at “Temple Districts Using New FamilySearch.”