Thursday, June 19, 2014

Getting Started with Genealogy Part 3: Finding Names and Reserving their Temple Work

This is Part 3, check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven't already. 

Now that you have super organized records, you are finally ready for the fun part!  And honestly, I don't have much new information in this part...  

First, you will want to pick a starting point.  I like to start with the closest missing relatives (the more recently that they live, the easier it is going to be to find records).  Praying about where to start is ALWAYS a really good idea :)  If you are like me and your family history goes back to the 1700s or earlier in all directions, then DESCENDANCY Research is a great option!  I am not going to go into details on this in this post, but I will later.  

Once you have picked somewhere to start, do some research on the closest relative that you do know (a child).  You basically need to find any information from that child that tells you who their parents are!  Many records will give you that information (depending on how old the record is).  I have good luck with Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Censuses, etc.  The research is really not going to be any different than what we talked about in the last part, here are some good places to look for information:

  • Google
  • Call family relatives (don't underestimate this!  I called my grandfather and he had a copy of a book that has helped me find 100s of descendancy names!)
  • Visit places they lived
  • Family History Center (the people there can help!)
This part can be hard, but oh so rewarding when you find someone!!
When you do find someone, make sure that when you add them into the system, that you check for duplicates, just like we did in the last part.  Then you can go ahead and reserve their temple work.  You can do that either on the Tree view, or if you are in the Person page, you can click on the tab on the top that says "Ordinances".  If you have a name that needs ordinances done, on the Tree view, it will show a little temple with a green arrow next to it, and you can click on that to reserve those ordinances.

After you reserve the name, you can print it out by going to the "Temple" button at the top of the screen.

When you have printed your name(s), you will then take that paper in to the temple and take it to the Temple Office (usually somewhere close to the front desk) and they will scan your paper and print out the little blue, pink or yellow cards that you will need to perform those ordinances.
I hope all of this has helped in some way!  I want to write more detailed posts about some of the things that I covered.  Please comment with any questions or comments that you have or if you have topics that you would like me to write about.

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