One of my favorite papers to write notes for my blog happens to be Temple Ordinance Cards that are blank. Why? Well, I do lots of genealogy work and because my printouts are only 50 at a time, some room is left on each of the pink, blue, and yellow printouts that become cards. I never want to throw the blanks away, so while checking each entry--I will finally come to a blank. One side of the card has lines on it and the other-side is for taking notes for me, right? I always look on both sides in case I'm missing an entry.
I do check each one and do a lot of re-checking of all of my submissions. I'm so glad that I've done this because so far I've found at least three major mistakes. Two of the mistakes this time were probably done by myself and actually my mistakes make me much more patient with the mistakes other people make with my own family, like recently someone has put my dear grandmother with her ex-borther-in-law that ran a Missouri saloon? Okay, I can't undo that because I didn't submit the names. But, I've made sure the genealogy work for my grandparents is correct and my grandmother probably just lifted her eyebrows just a little when that sealing was performed.
One mistake was from Family Search itself. It's data entry done by volunteers and probably by a poor tired "indexer person" that sees names all day long... when two people have the same names and about the same birthdays, I suppose a volunteer after a long day, would likely place these people together. I wished they had looked to make sure they were in the same country. Again, since I didn't submit the name, I called Salt Lake City Family History Center and the Sister that helped me was so polite and so sorry. She listened intently as I explained what had happened. She said she hoped the mistake would be corrected very soon and me too, because my cousin was about to teach a class in St. George about genealogy and ordinance work and he wanted to use our "Wellman" line. Oops!
Happily, I can report that "poof" the child born across the sea and no relation to our family, disappeared from our line. I do have to look her up again and unreserved her, so that her family can find the child, wife, aunt, or mother and have her in her own family where she belongs.
Oddly enough, the mistakes I've made actually put me in touch with my cousin again. We do need each other and from above I can't say if it was meant to be, but I'm elated that we're working together because my dear cousin just sent me a whole big bucket of names to add to my family including ones that have surnames that I've never heard of before.
I learned that this summer my cousin is planning a trip out east to scour cemeteries for our family. The information at each resting place is valuable beyond measure. He doesn't know it yet, but Steve and I are planning a back-east trip too. I'm not only doing some Wellman, but looking up a bunch of family (my husband's included) information at newspapers, county deeds and wills, and of course, cemeteries. Sounds fun, huh? Only if you're a genealogy sleuth.