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Pacific Island Guide  > Step 10. Submit names to the IGI

For an explanation of why LDS people submit their ancestors names to the International Genealogical Index (IGI) for proxy ordinances, click here.

If you are LDS submit your ancestors' names for ordinances. This is also a way to share your research work with others because those names will eventually appear in the IGI. For official policies about name submission see the booklet A Members Guide to Temple and Family History Work at a Family History Center near where you live. Or, for an Internet version, click here.

A. Enter the person’s information into Personal Ancestral File (PAF) or a similar computer program. This step is necessary because the computer needs to receive the information so our ancestor’s name can appear on the Ordinance Index, which is a computer file. Most LDS Family History Centers have volunteers who can help us with this step.

B. Learn how to enter ordinance information into TempleReady. The Temple Ordinance Index and TempleReady software are available at LDS Family History Centers. If you are a member of the LDS Church, you can access these on the World Wide Web at You will need your membership number and date of confirmation to register. We can get these from our ward clerk.

C. Decide who will provide proxies.  If you arrange for or do the work yourself, it will be handled as Family File, and we will get cards for each person. You can keep track of these cards yourself and have friends and family help us complete the ordinances.

If we tell the temple to get the proxies, it will be handled as Temple File. This means we lose control over the names. They may be sent to any temple at any time, and we will not know when or where the work is done until the next edition of the Ordinance Index comes out.

In order to arrange to do temple ordinances, contact the temple nearest you and ask for their assistance. If you have limitations of age, health, distance, or lack of friends and family, you can ask the temple personnel to help. The temples request that we do the ordinances soon after we send them in because space for cards is limited in the temples. If a card has been in the file two years, the temple staff will release the names to be done by other people unless we make arrangements with the temple office.

Pacific island adoption sealings
Among Pacific island families, a tradition of adoption from one family to another (hanai) is sometimes followed. An adopted child may be sealed to his or her adoptive or biological family. Some priesthood leaders have recommended that the child should be sealed to the family that raised it, but keep the name of its biological family. Other families have sealed the child to both families with the idea of waiting until the resurrection for the child to decide which sealing is valid. The choice is up to the family. This option is available only after the child has died.

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