eblood66 wrote:Gary_Miller wrote:They are recorded in the churches records in Church Headquarters.
What is your source on that? As far as I know that information is not retained at CHQ. The information needs to be entered when recording a baptism so that the certificate can be printed. And it's retained in the local MLS in case the certificate needs to be reprinted but I don't believe it gets transferred out of the local MLS.
eblood66, I think you may be correct on this if only from my observations and spot-checking a bunch of records. This seems to be the most reasonable explanation as to why no one in our ward seems to have the name of the person listed who baptized or confirmed them, unless they were recently baptized in our ward (even new convert member records come in with this information missing, which actually seems to add to the theory that moving the records from one MLS location to another strips out this info and/or that it is only retained in order to print a certificate). On the other hand, I can confirm that priesthood ordainers are being tracked at CHQ where possible so that the Church can provide copies of brethren's complete priesthood lines of authority. Sincerely speaking, what led you to believe that this information is only locally maintained in MLS?