Link to expiring reservations
Multiple times my close family's temple work has been reserved by far distant cousins and then they never complete it. I currently have 2 uncles (LJGD-WD7 & K23Z-TYN) who's work has been reserved since 2021. I have sent messages via Family Search and email's asking that I be allowed to do the work since I have gotten permission from my cousins, all to no avail. On 6/1/23 their reservation finally expires and I am hopeful I can reserve the work before it gets swept up by your system and sent to some temple as shared family file to be done by patrons at that temple. Create a way that when work is reserved and not being done and you know a close relative wants to do it..to be able to release it to the close relative unless the person reserving it says they don't want to do so. (the person that reserved my uncles may be dead!) OR..create a way that I can link my account to that reserved work that is not being done, so that when the reservation expires you send me an email telling me that the previous reservation is expired and you will hold it for X weeks giving me a chance to go reserve it. You all are drowning me in emails already but one like this would really be helpful to people. There are people who are using your "find a name" feature to locate very distant cousins and either reserve it and never do the work, or turn the name back to be done at any temple since they can't do it and it gets done by a random patron when a close relative would really enjoy being able to do the work. At least that's my impression since I locate relatives with a message "reserved by 'JoeBlow' and released to the temple" or something to that effect. I guess you could say "he that hesitates is lost" or "early bird gets the worm" but it doesn't feel good.
Yes it is very frustrating when people reserve an ordinance and then don't do it.0