What happens when a member dies?

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Postby scgallafent » Mon May 23, 2011 11:35 pm

zaneclark wrote:I have really, really tried to resist this but it won't go away, so here goes...
When someone in our ward dies, we usually have a funeral.....

I read the title to the thread and my first thought was "when we die, our spirits and bodies are separated." Glad to see someone else was feeling a little whimsical.

Ah, the joys of resurrected threads. (Rim shot) :)

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Postby klabacka » Sun May 13, 2012 11:52 am

How do you correct a erroneous death date?

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Postby russellhltn » Sun May 13, 2012 11:53 am

klabacka wrote:How do you correct a erroneous death date?


I would call Local Unit Support. You could also try sending a message though MLS.
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Postby eblood66 » Sun May 13, 2012 4:28 pm

klabacka wrote:How do you correct a erroneous death date?


You can request corrections to membership records of deceased individuals through Family Search. See this help document for instructions: Requesting a Correction to Church Membership Records of Deceased Individuals

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Postby russellhltn » Sun May 13, 2012 5:43 pm

klabacka wrote:How do you correct a erroneous death date?


Are we talking about an erroneous death, or an erroneous date?

If the member is not dead, then it would have to go though Local Unit Support. If it's a wrong date, then FamilySearch would be the way to go, particularly if the date was not recent.

Note that death dates can be a subject of disagreement. Official death dates are usually when the body has had a chance to be examined by a medical professional. But, especially in the case of a unattended death, the family may have reason to belove that the death happened some days prior.

Based on other policy for membership records, I would imagine that the date recorded should be the legal death date.
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Postby KenRichins » Mon May 14, 2012 12:14 pm

nFS can NOT correct or change ANY data on a Membership Record. It must be done by the local clerk OR LUS (Membership Department)!

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Postby russellhltn » Mon May 14, 2012 12:53 pm

KenRichins wrote:nFS can NOT correct or change ANY data on a Membership Record. It must be done by the local clerk OR LUS (Membership Department)!


However, nFS does provide a procedure for changing information from membership records for deceased members. See link upthread.
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Postby jwtaber » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:39 pm

iamrkh wrote:The Social Security Death Index is another resource.

http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/


Ancestry.com doesn't make that available for free anymore. And some folks, for whatever reason aren't in it. One ward clerk in my stake is sitting on a few records of members he understands have died, but he hasn't been able to find out when. Should go through the steps to send them to Address Unknown, or is there some other procedure?

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Postby russellhltn » Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:35 pm

jwtaber wrote:Ancestry.com doesn't make that available for free anymore.


I believe that you can get it from FamilySearch.

You might try and sound out your local Dept of Health. See if they can provide confirmation of someone's death.
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Re: What happens when a member dies?

Postby JamesAnderson » Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:08 pm

FamilySearch also has the SSDI on it as well. They update it monthly. There is one family history site that is commercial in nature, I think it's GenealogyBank.com, gets nearly daily updates to it as well. The SSDI has the death location as well as where the death benefit was sent.

When a member dies and the record is sent back to Salt Lake as previously described, the death date is also posted on Family Tree (formerly nFS). However, it's up to whoever does know the location to put death locations in if desired. Burial location and date may also be added.

Look for an obituary too, there are a number of places that aggregate data that has fallen off newspaper websites, notably Ancestry for US obituaries, that can give both of the above dates and places, sometimes even more details (see the Family History Course DVD for a description related t this).

By the way, interestingly, in Brazil, obituaries may regularly be found on local radio station websites, especially in the smaller places.


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