Out of Unit Membership Record Marriage Question

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Out of Unit Membership Record Marriage Question

Postby Miknmaur » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:50 pm

I am clerk for a singles ward with an out of unit Bishopric. Even though I have typed everything in for the marriage in the wife's and Bishop's records the portion in the wife's record that shows if the spouse is a member says NO. The Bishop's full name and record number are showing, but no birthdate. The marriage info is correct showing the temple for the marriage. In the household record the Bishop's wife is listed as position: other. I cannot change her status even though she is listed correctly as the Bishop's wife in his record.

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Postby russellhltn » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:58 pm

Everything points to MLS as being unable to link the two records for some reason. You might triple check the record number. You might try filing in the missing birth date.

Failing that, since you are "out of unit" you might want to call the "home" unit to make sure you're not inheriting a problem.
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Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

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Postby crislapi » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:00 pm

From my own experience, out of unit records cannot be linked to correctly show marriage. This seems to make sense since they are for functional use only. A marriage should be recorded on the official record and not an out of unit record. I realize you are trying to recreate the record and not record a marriage, but it seems to not be possible. I ended up giving up and just having independent records for the bishop and his wife in my YSA ward. It does not affect anything (other than appearance) and does not indicate any error with the actual records.

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