teknaught wrote:Ward consultants should be ready to especially assist those persons who have a large number of names already prepared via TempleReady to not delay getting them to the temple and printed.
Only if those names have been adequately checked against the current IGI. TempleReady data hasn't been updated since Jan 2000, so it's data is over 700 temple-years out of date. Much of the driving force behind nFS is the high rate of duplicate work and has been expressed by President Hinckley in one of his conference addresses.
Even if you're an only member, you'll be surprised at what you'll find. I'm an only member myself. But once I go back a few generations, I find the work has already been done though name extraction. I've also seen that I have a cousin unknown to me that's been submitting names of my ancestors. At minimum I'd do some spot checks on those names just to see.
teknaught wrote: One sister has over 22,000 names, and even with the recommended (100 name) upload into nFS, she would have a real problem trying to confirm and verify any that will be found to be in the system already.
Be not impressed with quantity. And do not be distracted about the amount of time it will take to properly check those names. The whole problem is the amount of time it takes to do the work for one name. If you do a rough guess at 2 hours of volunteer time to do a name and 5 minutes to check a name, you'll have a break-even point in effort at a little over 4% of duplicate work. The number I've heard (but unsubstantiated) is it takes 17 volunteer-hours to do one name. That's probably including the temple workers and maybe even travel time. If you use that figure and spend 10 minutes a name, then the break-even point is less then 1%. And unless those names come from China or somewhere where there are few members and low immigration rates, I'd be surprised if percentage of work done was that low.
Besides, those names need to be properly entered into nFS anyway, so there's really no lost time in doing the checking. As you enter and combine the information, it will be clear who needs what work. As you combine IGI records into your family tree, you'll see what work has already been done.
An important point we need to remember, is that nFS is NOT a blank system needing our submissions. Right from the start, it's got membership records, IGI, Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File. If you've done any work for your family, it's in there already. What needed is to organize the information already there and then add to it. The recommendations I've seen is to only upload one family at a time once you've confirmed that they are not already in the system. Otherwise you'll be making MORE work for yourself in combining your submitted records with those that already exist in the system.
I'd also urge people to be very, very careful about combining names. The current system makes it very easy to combine, and difficult to uncombine people who have lots of records. The developers are aware of the situation and addressing it, but In other lists I'm seeing the frustration level grow to the point that people are starting to give up.