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When merging, allowing us to see who has had what ordinances done would be very helpful as well so less gets duplicated overall.

I have realized that many times, we have probably been duplicating the work for many of the same people. While in the end, this is effective either way, being able to see who has had what work done while merging people in the merging process would be very helpful and hopefully more effective in preventing duplicate work to be done and to focus on those who have not even had their work done yet.

Is there a way we can view ordinances of deleted people to make sure they have not had their work done. I just noticed that when you merge, the person that remains does not have the work that has already been done. Correct me if I am wrong. I do not see a way to easily see work done for individuals other than ordinances tab.

Having a more effective way to see ordinances that have been done for people throughout the whole process may make FamilySearch that more effective. Just a thought.
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    All ordinances are retained when a merge is completed. Sometimes it takes a few minutes after the merge for them to appear but none should be lost. If you do have an example where ordinances are lost it would be of interest to provide the name and ID number so it can be examined to see what really happened.

    There is one exception to the above rule. If when merging all relationships are not retained - for example a duplicate spouse record is not moved from the right record to the left during the merge, it is possible to hide the sealing to spouse ordinance. Similarly if duplicate parents are not retained the dreaded "blue box" will appear for the child on the ordinance page. It is always best to retain all relationships during the merge. Personally I would like to see that made automatic so that sealing ordinances do not get "messed up"

    I know of no way to loose individual ordinances during a merge. Lots of people say it happens but I have never seen a demonstrated situation where ordinances were lost. Only the earliest ordinances are displayed so a specific date and location might change but the ability to reserve and duplicate should not occur.
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  • Ron Tanner (FamilySearch.org Product Manager) June 26, 2019 18:04
    Yep. They are never lost. There may be a delay on displaying correctly. Just wait a minute or two and refresh and they should be correct.
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