Cannot locate a member even with a name and birth date

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Cannot locate a member even with a name and birth date

Postby baasha » Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:55 pm

I am the membership clerk for unit 355372 in Mesa, AZ. I have several variations of an inactive member's name, along with a birth date, but I still cannot locate the correct member. Any suggestions?

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Re: Cannot locate a member even with a name and birth date

Postby russellhltn » Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:07 pm

I'd gather more information, such as the last ward they were in and call Local Unit Support. It's possible they were only a "child of record" and never baptized. Or you may get the answer that they are in "confidential records".
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Re: Cannot locate a member even with a name and birth date

Postby lajackson » Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:26 pm

It might also be possible to speak with the member and get the correct spelling of the name, and to verify the birth date.

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Re: Cannot locate a member even with a name and birth date

Postby russellhltn » Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:55 pm

lajackson wrote:and to verify the birth date.


Make sure they're writing it down as mm/dd/yyyy and not dd/mm/yyyy. :)
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Re: Cannot locate a member even with a name and birth date

Postby Biggles » Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:52 pm

russellhltn wrote:
lajackson wrote:and to verify the birth date.


Make sure they're writing it down as mm/dd/yyyy and not dd/mm/yyyy. :)

FWIW - In the UK it is dd/mm/yyyy

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Re: Cannot locate a member even with a name and birth date

Postby russellhltn » Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:51 am

Biggles wrote:FWIW - In the UK it is dd/mm/yyyy

Exactly. It's different on different sides of the pond.
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Re: Cannot locate a member even with a name and birth date

Postby Biggles » Sat Sep 19, 2015 1:09 am

russellhltn wrote:
Biggles wrote:FWIW - In the UK it is dd/mm/yyyy

Exactly. It's different on different sides of the pond.

Correction on my part - it should be dd/mmm/yyyy

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Re: Cannot locate a member even with a name and birth date

Postby russellhltn » Sat Sep 19, 2015 2:36 am

Biggles wrote:Correction on my part - it should be dd/mmm/yyyy

That's different. That's unambiguous. It's the all numeric that's an issue.
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Re: Cannot locate a member even with a name and birth date

Postby lajackson » Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:53 am

Biggles wrote:dd/mmm/yyyy

That's how Church records are kept in the U.S., also. I think all russellhltn is saying is that the key is to know which number is the month and which is the day when it is possible to interpret a written date either way.

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Re: Cannot locate a member even with a name and birth date

Postby davesudweeks » Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:11 pm

We are assuming, of course, that we know the inactive member is actually a baptized member? Not a Child of Record who was never baptized? Not a former member whose record was cancelled or who was excommunicated?


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