Date Required to Reserve Temple Ordinances

July 29, 2019  - by 

Ordinance reservations require a date for at least one of the vital events of the person’s life (such as a birth, death, or marriage).

Family Tree uses these dates—exact or estimated—to determine whether 110 years have passed since the person’s birth. (Learn more about the 110-year rule and whom you can reserve ordinances for.)

Your reservation list may not print cards for ordinance reservations with a missing date. Click here for help with estimating dates and entering them into FamilySearch Family Tree.

Youth looking at ordinance reservation cards at the temple.

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  1. I understand this is important BUT when any other family cannot be located it would be great to allow the work to go forth.

    1. I totally agree. I have about 3 cousins on my husband’s side who have no living relatives and he is dead, but I am not allowed to do their work. This is frustrating!!

      1. If you know for a fact that there are no other living relatives that could approve work, you do have the ability to write Family Search/The Temple Department and request the work for yourself. I had an Aunt and Uncle that were in the same situation. I wrote a message to Family Search, explained the situation and in a week or so, they were given to me. As long as you can show your relationship and that no one else is alive that you would normally need to contact, the Church will let you do the work.

  2. This is great. How about another critical update: preclude sealings from being performed prior to other ordnances. Unlike endowments, there is nothing on the card that indicates the name is ready. Too many times sealings are reserved, printed, and performed ahead of endowments. Even though I try to keep from doing the same, there is no simple way to check.