Originally posted by Robert Givens on: February 15, 2008, 09:13:12 PM
The newFamilySearch website was mainly created to simplify temple submissions and to eliminate duplications in temple submissions. Essentially they took the IGI, Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File, and all church membership records and combined them into one data base. The program did some combining but it will be up to us to bring all this duplicate data together so that each person who is in the data base has a single folder where everything about them is placed. (Like all the duplicates.)
There is a steep learning curve to learn it but it really is outstanding and getting better all the time. In fact a new upgrade with several good improvements is due out in by the end of the month.
Just to give you an idea of the problem of combining. When I first went on I checked on William Furlsbury Carter – my direct ancestor. In real life he was married 5 times and had 47 children. When I first started working on him – he was in the system some 40+ times, had 70 or so spouses, and children in the hundreds. Obviously a lot of combining was needed. We have him down to one person and after a month of working on it, I have his first wife’s family (Sarah York) cleaned up. I go through that one. I will let cousins clean up the other families.
I do a lot of research and have some PA German lines of my mother’s that no one is working on. Since this program has rolled out to our temple district (Fresno California) I have submitted about 100 families of data. It is so much easier than the TempleReady program.
Questions? I will be happy to accomodate you.