Marian JOhnson wrote:I wonder if it would be possible for the church to use the new FamilySearch search engine to find the cases in which there are temple file or extraction file ordinances with a CLEARED designation, where the temple work HAS BEEN DONE by members in the meantime, while those extracted or temple file names have been waiting to be done, and remove them from the system.
I cited a case in one of my previous posts where I submitted many German names to the temple file and the baptisms were done, then, because my names were still in Dallas and not in the IGI, the extraction program cleared a lot of the same names again. If the church could locate those types of situations and pull them out of the system, that would reduce the backlog significantly, I think. With the old program where the IGI was on CDs, there was a 4 - year gap between the releases of the CDs where duplication could occur. If there is really an 8 -10 year backlog, identifying those duplicates for which ordinances are still marked CLEARED and removing them from the system could be very helpful in reducing the backlog.
That would have limited success. If the names were still in the holding file in the temple department, then the duplicates could be identified and removed. Not all duplications are “black and white”. A human would still have to make decisions base on limited information. If the names have been sent to a temple then there is no simple way to retrieve the names. Once they get to the temple they are printed on temple lists (hardcopy) and the lists would have to be manually searched. I don’t mean to be negative, but I’m just trying to point out that this is a very complex problem. The new FamilySearch is just a step in the right direction just as TempleReady was. The church is doing its part to reduce the problem. The solution to the back log of names is very simple – greater temple attendance! If more ordinances are being completed than are entering the system, then the flood waters will subside. We could actually drain the reservoir. The significance of duplications would be a lot less.