Un-redeeming the dead
I have a complex family history question that I am hoping to find an expert to help me with. I am wondering if there are any family history gurus that might be able to help me.
I recently logged onto family search and discovered that my grandfather’s work – baptism, confirmation, and initiatory, has been done – generically by the temple system in Guatemala (where I have no family connections).
The real kicker is that in 2007 (pre-family search), I submitted his and other family names to temple ready. I had the names reserved to be done by myself or other family members. We did a lot of the work of other ancestors but have held off doing my grandfather’s – because when we asked my living grandmother, she was very much against doing his work. We want to respect her wishes as well as general church policy to have permission of living relatives.
The original reservation notation is noted on the endowment and sealing ordinances but for whatever reason the temple system was allowed to do the baptism, confirmation, and initiatory ordinances. I have emailed family search asking for ordinances to be removed to no avail. While I have been able to resolve some other technical concerns (including how to link my new account to my original submissions), after seven frustrating emails, I am at a loss of how to proceed.
I explained that I did not consider the work valid as it did not follow church protocol. I emphasized that discovery of the completed work would cause contention in my family. I don’t really know what else I can say.
Truthfully, it has surprised me how much I care. I haven’t done any temple work myself since 2008 (after my faith radically changed). I gave the printed cards to my sister, per her request in 2009, and she has slowly been finishing the other names. But I am exceptionally annoyed that my concerns are going unrecognized. It makes me think of controversies surrounding doing the temple work of Obama’s mother’s and Holocaust survivor’s (the latter of which Jewish organizations successfully petitioned to have removed).
I value genealogy. I logged in after hearing about “relative finder” to see if any of my relatives were related to famous people in church history. My interest has been renewed and I have been working on finding more ancestors and cleaning up records further back (merging them with others, as you can see the work has been done 20 times). But I really think the current system is too focused on having ordinances done and I want to find a way to find the ordinances removed from my grandfather’s record.
I look forward to hearing any insight anybody might have. Because apparently, I know only enough to get myself into trouble …