What is the policy for retaining (or not) LDS baptisms

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As I'm merging duplicate profile pages, I'm finding a number of imported GEDCOM pages that include LDS baptisms, endowments and sealings. What is the policy for retaining (or not) this information?
in Policy and Style by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (817k points)
recategorized by Jillaine Smith
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Jillaine and Maggie,

I know this was discussed before but I forget if any conclusions were reached.

I think the decision was, and should be, that the LDS-specific stuff can be removed.

It doesn't do any harm to keep it, but I don't think that it has value even for church members. I assume they would want to see this documented on FamilySearch or elsewhere. But maybe a church member could comment on this? If it has value for someone, I don't see a reason to remove it.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
selected by Jillaine Smith

I asked someone who was LDS and she replied: "When an LDS person goes to submit a name for temple work, they will find out anyway if it's already been done, so it's not like it's information that someone else would be looking for anywhere but on the church website. Often LDS folks just forget to uncheck the box when they go to make a GEDCOM to not export the LDS info like that."

So, I think it makes sense to remove this stuff when you see it. Thanks for asking Jillaine.

Any names that are submitted by a church member for LDS ordinances are checked through FamilySearch automatically. I wouldn't see it as necessary information on a profile, myself.
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If it is true baptisms, endowments and sealings documented by an official of the LDS it is likely good information and probably the best you will get.  If it is third generation genealogy it needs further research.  If you use third generation genealogy, document it as such in the sourse section so others will know it may be unreliable.  For myself, that type of genealogy is only good as a road map, a starting place to be proven or disproved.
by Living Butchino G2G6 Mach 4 (41.2k points)
I have to disagree with you Alan. Just because the ordinances have been performed in an LDS temple, doesn't validate the authenticity or veracity of any data that was submitted. Perhaps years ago they checked submissions, but they certainly don't now. LDS ordinance information is only of any interest to an LDS member, and the ordinance dates aren't of any value otherwise, because ordinances can be done hundreds of years after a person has died.

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