A patron I am helping has her ancestors going a long way back but there are no dates given.
She wants to do temple work.
Will she be able to? Will she have to calculate dates or what?
Several things are required before a person's temple ordinances can be performed, including a name, sex, life status marked as deceased and a standardized date and place for at least one life event.
Your patron may, indeed, have to estimate dates:
Sometimes a little more research is needed to be able to provide sources that verify the accuracy of the information being provided for each individual. We want to avoid "guesswork" as much as possible when doing our research so as to avoid errors.
Here is a supporting article from FamilySearch https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/article/what-information-is-required-to-do-temple-ordinances-for-my-ancestors
There are no other sources in ancient China. So it isn't research that is possible.
I am thinking she will need to calculate dates giving a certain number of years for each generation. I will talk to the patrons some more and find out exactly what type of document she has - possible village books or jaipu? The perhaps I will contact the Chinese specialist at the Family History Library.
Hi @JVance1 . @Maurine Nuttall provided you with the knowledge article that provides direct instructions about how Family Tree is designed to allow you to prepare names of your ancestors so that you can reserve their work. Since you specifically mentioned have many generations of Chinese ancestors, you might also be interested in the following knowledge article that is specific regarding Asian ancestors who were born prior to 1500. Keep in mind that estimated dates would still be needed to clear ordinance work. https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/article/can-i-request-ordinances-for-asian-individuals-born-before-1500