Mr. Techno wrote:Regarding paragraph two. The Membership Data base already collects and stores parent-child relationship type already as only biological. Children are recorded when they were born and who there parents are legal or biological. New Family Search receives this information currently from Church Membership Records.
I'm curious what your source for this statement is. In MLS, when you add a New Child of Record or Record Child Blessing, there is no information about whether the child is adopted or biological. Therefore, I see no evidence that "Children are recorded when they were born and who there parents are legal or biological."
And if that relationship is not recorded when the membership record is created for a child that is added to a family, then I don't see how it can be in the membership database.
Every piece of evidence I have seems to indicate that the membership database has no information about whether a child is adopted or biological. A membership record has only one set of fields for recording "Father" and "Mother"; in fact, the MLS Help file says (under topic "Adoption Policy") that a clerk should "create a membership record for the child listing the adoptive parents as the parent, as shown on the adoption documents."
There are really only two possibilities for how New FamilySearch sets the parent link for living members:
- The membership database connection sets the relationship to "biological" because it has no more specific information.
- The membership database connection doesn't supply a relationship, and New FamilySearch assumes it is biological, because that's the best assumption given no specific information.
In either case, the effect on New FamilySearch will be the same, and a clerk will be unable to do anything about it until both the membership database and MLS are enhanced to store and update this information.
Mr. Techno wrote:Ok, easy fix would be to allow living parents to correct and edit the relationship over at New Family Search. Currently Members nor Clerks can make corrections because the contributor is LDS Church Membership Records.
Who has the authority to make the easy fix happen. New Family Search, Membership Records, or First Presidency?
I'm not so sure that's easy to do. I can imagine all sorts of challenges in implementing that. But in any case, it would probably be primarily a change implemented by the Family History Department in the FamilySearch software, but would require approval from the appropriate priesthood leaders.