Verification of death
When adding a new person from sources and the person is within 110 years, there is a prompt to enter text to explain why you believe the person is deceased. If you enter a death date for the person, it still requires you to enter this text.
It would be better to remove this text when a death date is entered. It is redundant after a death date is entered.
I always just put an exclamation mark in that box. It's either that or an expletive, and FamilySearch has zero tolerance for the latter.
The requirement is especially egregiously wrong when you just finished entering a death conclusion, but I object to it even without that: nine times out of ten, the person I'm entering is the parent of someone born in the 1800s, or it's similarly completely impossible for the person to still be living (unless you believe in vampires or other sorts of fictional immortals).0
I simply input their appx age: 150+, 98+, 102+, etc. Common if I'm adding family from a census record that has birth dates or parents on a marriage record. Maybe I'll input: "headstone", sometimes "findagrave entry", or other source title that I got the death specific info from.
I don't get frustrated, it is merely asking for a reason or source for making such a claim. The pause allows some reflection before skirting the 110 year rule for taking a name to the Temple. As such, Accuracy AND Honesty is the goal here.
(see also - reason statements to complete a Merge. at least now there are 4 common scenario choices to fast click on to satisfy the computer.)1
That required reason statement has nothing to do with any temple policy. It is merely FS attempt to add some impendence to people incorrectly entering the Living in as deceased. Agreed, it is irritating in those circumstances where you have just entered in a death date or added a parent to child born in the 1800. I use the “.”, no shift required.1
Death certificates in family linage of biologically relate ancestors is highly significant to living decendants. Genome medicine is rarely available outside magna research hospitals, since little progress has been shared on Familia diseases which developed when a set of 4 or 5 are casual. Genetic counselors lean heavily on Family history since medicine is not near these multiple combinations for clinical treatment. Cycle Cell is caused by one genetic malformation. Ergo, Tx is close to public approval. Hypercholesterima0
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There is a problem with inconsistency in the programming here. We can easily create an ID for a person without providing any evidence of age / death - other than doing this when adding the name through the source linking process.
If FamilySearch is really concerned about adding the living as deceased (and this action now appears to be happening far more regularly - partly relating to the 1950 census), a reason statement should be required throughout the whole program.
The current situation means us having to confirm the impossible in one instance (e.g. a person born in 1820 still possibly being alive, if adding via the source linker), yet having no requirement to confirm their status when adding them in another way.0