Even though many Temple Ordinances are complete, there are still things that need to be checked, added to, corrected, etc., etc., etc., for our ancestors in FamilySearch FamilyTree.
Look at an individual record for an ancestor and make sure the following are really complete.
1. Complete name. Don't use nicknames as the main given name. For instance: Eb - is probably a nickname. Do a little research and find out. The name is likely Ebenezer.
2. Dates. Write the date out, using full month names. For instance: Feb should be written February. The computer will help you as you start typing, I recently found a record that listed Ju as the month. Is that June or July? Research was needed to determine the correct month. When recording family information, we are encouraged to put the day of the month before the month. For instance: 24 September 1853.
3. Places. We are encouraged to use the "standard" and replace incomplete places. Ut is confusing if a person is not from the United States. City, County, State, United States is preferred for the good old USA. Follow the guide underneath the locality. Come to the Family History Center if you need help in starting this part of your clean-up.
4. Duplicate records. Incomplete. incorrect, and duplicate information can create additional records for the same person. Remember that FamilySearch FamilyTree is a compilation of family submitted and Church records from the early days of the Church, right down to the present time. Come to the Center for help in learning how to merge these records.
5. Sources. Many sources are being added to individual record sites. On the upper right hand side of an individual record, the heading "Hinting" and "Research Help" are shown. We can show you how to attach sources from these sites, and also show you how to evaluate and attach other pertinent information.
6. Additional Sources. The Church is also making available to its members, free use of:
Find My Past (Primarily a UK site)
Find A Grave
and others. A user name and password are needed for each program. We would be glad to help you sign up.
Be very careful in accepting statements like "we have everything done - all the way back to Adam" or, "My Aunt or Uncle has done it all". We won't live long enough, nor have our other family researchers lived long enough, for everything to be complete. If the Family History Department, under the direction of the General Authorities, feel that we need to keep working on our family records, we need to accept that advice, realize what fantastic tools are available, and not settle down, or get complacent about our family records. We need to keep hunting/sleuthing, a little bit at a time, and make sure family records, one family group record at a time, are as complete as we can make them.