Which ordinance reservations will be released?
Any reservation older than two years will be released if no ordinances have been done on that reservation within the last 2 years.
Will reservations that are shared with the temple be released?
No. Any reservations shared with the temple will remain in the shared temple file and will be made available to those visiting the temple without family name cards.
What if I have already printed a family name card? Will those reservations be released?
If the reservation is older than two years old, yes. The family name card will still be valid at the temple, however. Keep in mind that completing temple work from family name cards that were printed more than two years ago increases the chance for ordinance duplication. It is recommended that users check the person’s ordinance summary in Family Tree to see which ordinances are completed before using the card.
What about reservations that cannot be done because an earlier reservation has not been completed? Will they be released?
Yes. There are cases where persons have sent baptism and confirmation ordinances to the temple while holding initiatories and are blocked from doing the initiatories until the baptism and confirmation are done. Currently we cannot check to see which reservation is blocking one of your reservations. If your reservation has been blocked for more than 2 years it will be released.
Will reprinting the family name card reset the reservation date?
No. Reprinting the card does not change the date when the reservation was made, or when the most recent ordinance was completed.
What about reservations that I have reserved to prevent ordinances from being done?
Any ordinances that are inactive for more than 2-years will be released. If you see a reason to prevent ordinances from being done, you will need to un-reserve and re-reserve the ordinances or share them in order to prevent their release.
Will any of these released names be automatically shared with the temple?
No. Our experience has shown that other family members (some you may not know) are anxious to take these ancestors to the temple, and we believe the released ordinances will be reserved quickly. However, we will monitor all released names and track them so none are lost.
What happens to reserved ordinances that are waiting for other ordinances to be completed by someone else before they can be performed?
Inactive ordinance reservations that were made more than two years ago will be unreserved regardless of any connection to another ordinance. If you wish to keep these contingent ordinances associated to your account, you can unreserve and then re-reserve them. Once ordinances are unreserved by FamilySearch, they can be reserved by you or others once the other required ordinances have been completed.