Are you trying to find some ancestors in your family tree who need temple ordinances? Below are some easy to follow tips that could help you find some those people who still need one ore more temple ordinances done. And remember, whenever you find someone who looks like they might need temple ordinances performed, please check to make sure that there are no duplicate records for them and that you have enough information to uniquely identify them.
- Look at the Temple tab after you’ve signed into FamilySearch. Do you see a red circle? If you do, click Temple, and select Opportunities. Temple Opportunities displays individuals who need temple ordinances within the first 5 generations.
- On the traditional pedigree view, look for a green arrow with a temple. If you find one, click it to request ordinances.
- On a fan chart or portrait pedigree, click a name to see the Summary card, and look for a blue box. If you find one, click Person. On the Details page, click the Ordinances tab, and then click Request Ordinances.
- On the descendancy view, look for a green square with a temple. If you find one, click it to request ordinances.
A couple things to keep in mind:
- If the system indicates that are possible duplicates, check them. The temple work may already be performed. To prevent redoing ordinance work, merge any duplicate records.
- To perform ordinances for a person born within the last 110 years, you need to either be one of the closest living relatives, or you need to have permission from one of the closest living relatives. It can be verbal permission.
Once you have reserved temple ordinances, they appear on your Temple list. At the top, click Temple, and select All Reserved. Click the check box by each name you want to print, and click Print. Follow the instructions to print a Family Ordinance Request (FOR). This is the paper form you will take to the temple when you are ready to do the work for these people.
Can’t find any temple indicators? Try one of the following:
- If your family branch of the family tree is small, talk to your family to get information to get additional information about your ancestors. Then add that information to Family Tree and see if the need to have temple ordinances provided for them.
- Find a hole in your tree, and try searching for records. Add any new information or individuals you find. A yellow triangle next to a temple indicates that someone is missing vital information to perform ordinances. On the person’s Details page, click the Ordinances tab to see what information is missing. The descendancy view also provides research tips that may help you identify missing individuals.
- Find cousins who need temple ordinances. Go back several generations, and then check an ancestors’ descendants to see who might need temple ordinances.