5 FamilySearch 'Hacks' to Help You Find Temple Names Faster

by | May 26, 2015

Mormon Life

At RootsTech 2015, Elder Neil L. Andersen expanded his previous challenge — which was for Church members to “prepare as many names for the temple as you perform baptisms in the temple”—to include teaching others to do the same.

With this extra focus on temples and family history, many Church members wonder what they can do to find family members’ names that they can take to the temple. Here are five FamilySearch hacks to help you find names successfully without becoming a family history expert first.

1. Look for “Opportunities”

The best place to look is usually the most obvious. FamilySearch has a built-in “Temple Opportunities” tool to help Church members identify direct ancestors within five generations who need temple ordinances.

After signing in to FamilySearch, look at the top navigation. Choices include “Family Tree,” “Memories,” “Search,” “Indexing,” and “Temple.” If “Temple” has a red star next to it, the system has identified temple opportunities. Click “Temple,” then click the green arrow next to the temple icon to reserve ordinances for an individual. If you need help, use this page.

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