Now on to the advanced stuff. I tried to claim the contributions of the legacy contributor identified as unknown4470317. I got this response from support:
Ok they have a point there. I really don't want to be the contact person for all those thousands of temple records. I'm probably flattering myself to think that some measurable fraction of that data has anything to do will my family lines.Dear Albin:
This is an automated response to your recent request to claim a legacy contribution. Unfortunately your request cannot be fulfilled. The unknown ID, 4470317, identifies a generic contributor applied to thousands of temple records during a time when the name of the contributor was not preserved. If your claim were to be accepted, you would become the contact name for all of those temple records, which of course, would not be good. You will not be able to edit any record with the unknown ID 4470317. However, you may add another opinion or dispute any incorrect information in any of these records.
Thank you for using New FamilySearch. We wish you success and satisfaction in your personal family history efforts.
This leads to my first proposal. We need to be able to search by contributor. This is further illustrated in my next example.
One of the contributors on a portion of my family lines is a man who I know of; he was a professional genealogist who was hired by a distant cousin back in the 1970's. My family inherited the several large books that were the result of his work for this distant cousin. I am working on claiming the data contributed by my distant cousin (who is dead and had no descendants). But some information was submitted directly by the genealogist. I would like to claim that as well, but I don't know and can't tell if he has other contributions that would come with it. I don't want to claim something that he did for another client. So again I need to be able to search by contributor.
My second proposal derives from these two examples. Suppose, for the sake of discussion, that this genealogist (who is deceased now) had two unrelated customers and submitted 1000 names for each one. If I were able to search by contributor I would discover 2000 names contributed. A little bit more research and I would know which 1000 of his contributions belonged in my family. There should be a way to split the block of 2000 contributions so that I can claim the parts that have something to do with my family and let someone else claim the part that belongs in their family. I think this would probably function best as chipping off pieces of the block (2 to 10 individuals at a time?) and claiming small parts of it as they are found. This is even more applicable for the unknown4470317 legacy contributor. It is already known that unknown4470317 doesn't represent a real person. We need a way to claim only a potion of the contributions of a legacy contributor.