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Flagging ordinances without having to reserve them

I would like to suggest an additional way of handling reservations that might reduce the load of people with hundreds or even thousands of reservations.

If we had a way of flagging a person's ordinances to be of interest to us and had the same functionality to filter/sort them as we do with those which we reserve then we could identify family member's who's work needs to be done and track it without locking it down to our reserved list. Of course people could continue to reserve hundreds of ordinances and continue to share them as they do today but this would open another avenue to more easily work collaboratively as an extended family.

Let's say for example that I was able to identify 200 ordinances ready to be reserved but I know that I can only get to the temple to complete 1 endowment each week. I could flag the 200 ordinances as being of interest but only reserve say 10 of them. I could print off the 10 cards and be on my way for the couple of months. As I get close to the end of my reserved ordinances I could look at the remaining 190 and select another 10 to reserve and work on.

I am not getting the work done any faster or slower but something wonderful potentially happens to the list of ordinances. During the month, let's say another family member has a week off work and decides to spend the whole week at the temple. They have also flagged the same list of ancestor's and they reserve 10 ordinances from the 190 that we both have flagged (but neither have reserved). When I come back to reserve my second batch of 10 I see that there are only 180 ordinances remaining because of the 10 that were completed by the other person.

I get that there are certain ordinances which I would want to do personally because I was close to the person so I would make sure I reserved those but for the majority of people in my tree I would appreciate all the help my extended family could give.

As a side note I think the idea of organising pending ordinances into folders or any other long term categories would be helpful but only for flagged ordinances. Once ordinances are reserved I think the goal should be to complete them not sort and file them.

Tracking ordinances independently from reservations would overcome the current problem of monitoring beyond ordinance completion.
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  • Use an independent certified family tree management program that fully synchronizes with FamilySearch FamilyTree. I use Ancestral Quest, which allows me to use flags for whatever purpose I desire.

    We have been told that the developers are working on a solution so that patrons can "grab" any temple-shared name and do the ordinances. What that feature will involve or when it will be available is not known.
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  • I agree that there are options like Ancestral Quest to help manage the reservations list but I'd like to see a shift in culture where rather than people reserving a huge list and then needing such tools to manage it, have people reserve the ordinances they are able to do personally and leave the rest available to be picked up by others who are interested in helping but who may be unknown to the person who did the research. I'm only suggesting this as a way to reduce the number of people waiting in the reserved state. I'd prefer they were moved to completed.
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  • Ron Tanner (FamilySearch.org Product Manager) January 05, 2018 19:42
    Something we have been discussing is the ability to do "ordinance watches" on persons. They would show up in your watch list but you only get notified or updated when an event occurs with an ordinance. Thoughts?
    • This has been needed a long time, Ron. Many of us have asked that we be able to sort the temple list by the date of the last ordinance performed.

      What I think you are describing is a list similar to the watch list that would show any "watched" persons' ordinances changes. This is a little different from the request that we be able to sort the list by last ordinance performed.

      Regardless, I think many of us would also welcome this feature.

      Thanks.
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