A User’s Guide to the New FamilySearch Website (December 2012)

Ordinance Statuses

Warning: The new FamilySearch website is being phased out. These documents are not being updated and may not be current. Please encourage users to use Family Tree instead.

When you display a deceased individual's ordinances, you will see either when the ordinance was done or a status.


If an ordinance is completed, you will see either the word “Completed” or the date when the ordinance occurred and the temple or place where it occurred.


You can prepare to take this ordinance to the temple if you follow Church policies. If you want to do this ordinance, the new FamilySearch Web site helps you look for duplicate records that indicate the ordinance is already done.
Important: Please do not do ordinances that you should not. For example, to do ordinances for someone born in the last 110 years, you must either be one of the closest living relatives or have permission from the closest living relative. Do not do ordinances for famous people or names gathered from unapproved extraction projects.

In Progress

This ordinance is in the process of being completed. Specifically, one of the following events has occurred:
  • Another FamilySearch user has already printed a Family Ordinance Request or family ordinance card with this ordinance.
  • The ordinance was assigned to the temple, and the temple is in the process of doing it.

When the ordinance is done, the status will change to “Completed.”

Needs More Information

The individual needs more information or information needs to be corrected before you can do the ordinance.

If you know it, add the following types of information:
  • Dates and places of birth, marriage, death and other events. Be sure that at least one of these events contains at least a country name in the place.
  • A death or burial place must have at least a standardized country name.
  • Gender.
  • Names of family members, such as the father, mother, spouse, or children.
  • If the individual was born within the last 110 years, please add the death or burial date and place. If you do not know the death date and place, please provide an approximate date, which helps the new FamilySearch website determine if the individual has been deceased for more than one year and if he or she died before age 8.
Also, please check the following:
  • In the individual's Summary, check that the name field has only a valid name. The name should contain only letters (no numbers or symbols).
  • Remove any invalid characters or symbols in the individual’s Details or Summary.
  • Check that the individual has the information required for ordinances.

Not Ready

This ordinance cannot be done because the individual has not been deceased for at least one year.

When doing temple ordinances for recently deceased individuals, please respect the wishes of the closest living relatives (undivorced spouse, adult children, parents, and siblings, in that order).

Not Available

This individual’s ordinance information is not available to the public. The most common reasons for this are these:
  • Privacy reasons prevent the ordinances from being displayed.
  • The individual lived before A.D. 1500, and the ordinances are probably completed. If the individual lived before A.D. 1500, you can find out if the ordinances are already done by clicking the Possible Duplicates button. If you find other records for this individual, combine them. If the other records indicate that the ordinances are completed, the ordinance status will change to “Completed.”

Not Needed

This individual does not need this ordinance because he or she either was stillborn or died before age 8.

On Hold

Ordinances should be done in order. For example, the baptism should be done before the confirmation, and the confirmation before the initiatory. If you see “On hold,” someone has already printed a Family Ordinance Request or family ordinance cards for the prior ordinances. The later ordinances will be on hold until the prior ordinances are completed.


Someone has already accepted the responsibility to do this ordinance. (You may be that individual.)

Born in the Covenant

Because this individual was born after the parents were sealed, he or she does not need to be sealed to parents.

Permission from Living Relatives

Before doing ordinances for a deceased person born in the last 110 years, please remember that close relatives may not want the ordinances performed, or they may want to do the ordinances themselves.

You may do ordinances for your own deceased spouse, child, parent, or sibling, but please consider the wishes of other close living relatives, especially a living spouse.

If you are not a spouse, child, parent, or sibling of the deceased, please obtain permission from the closest living relative before doing the ordinances. The closest living relatives are, in this order: an undivorced spouse (the spouse to whom the individual was married when he or she died), an adult child, a parent, or a brother or sister.

Verbal approval is acceptable. Family members should work together to determine when the ordinances will be done and who will do them.

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