Where does my responsibility for my deceased relatives end?
How far should my research and documentation of my deceased relatives go? Am I responsible for only my direct ancestors (husband and wife) and their children and spouses (all the fields on a paper Family Group Sheet)? What about the children of the children of my direct ancestors? What about the parents of the spouses of the children of my direct ancestors?
Here’s an example. While entering my direct ancestors and their children into FamilySearch, a marriage record of one of the children will appear in Research Help. When I link the marriage record to the child, I find that the spouse and spouse’s parents are listed on the record but are not in FamilySearch, so I add them. Then, Census records for the spouse’s parents appear in Research Help, and when I link the Census to the parents, I find that they have other children listed in the Census who are not in FamilySearch, so I add them. And it just keeps going without end.
On the one hand, I feel like I can’t do everyone else’s genealogy for them, even though I have all the data at hand, and I am also depriving others of the joy of doing the research and documentation for their direct ancestors. But on the other hand, when I accidentally discover the records of a deceased person who is not in FamilySearch, I almost feel like they are calling out to me from beyond the veil to add them, so they can have their temple work done. Also, I have documentation of the entire posterity of one line of my direct ancestors in a book containing over 3,000 people, but I doubt if descendants five and six generations down would even know to look there for their people. I’m torn. Where should I stop? Thank you.