When ordinances have been completed on an individual, should hints still be reviewed and added to the person's page?
Thank you for your question this afternoon.
A short answer is Yes, please look at and resolve whether the hint is about your ancestor, then attach it or dismiss it depending on what you find.
The system is continually searching for records that may be a match to the many people in the data base. As new records become available from different sources you may find some look like duplicates. The following article gives you excellent information about how to determine that. Either way, if you reject a record just because ordinances are done, you run the risk of not seeing additional documents or sources that may be most useful to you for your family history to be complete.
We hope this has been helpful to you and wish you good luck in your family history work.
Think of it this way: Family Tree is more than just a family tree. It is a master catalog of all records that exist for any one individual there are any records for and we are working on completing that catalog which is the source page. When completed, anyone should be able to go to a person's source page and then jump to any existing record about that person.
Or think of it this way: Our job at FamilySearch will not be completed until every record in the historical record database leads one to the proper person in Family Tree at which point one can go to any record pertaining to that person. Just think! Future researchers, if they don't start at Family Tree to begin with, will only need to find one record about a person to have access to all of them!
So our goal is to use what we know to take care of the portion of the database we know something about, that is, our family, so that every single record in the historical database shows a tree icon like this:
A final thought: What if one of those hints leads you to a child, or son-in-law, or daughter-in-law or some other relative you never knew existed? While you are checking that out, you might as well attach it.
Sometimes there are large mistakes in family genealogies. Correctly attaching all historical records is part of discovering and correcting those mistakes.