Yesterday was the first day for the Winter Quarters Temple on the new
FamilySearch system. A specialist came from Salt Lake to install the
software in the temple and train the office staff.
We ordinance workers noticed the changes to the paperwork. The sealing
sheets are now full-size sheets of paper, and they are no longer marked as
"patron submitted" or "extraction."
The temple file endowment slips are wider, I would say 4.25" wide. The
initiatory sheets still contain five names per sheet, but they no longer
show the names of the parents, and they no longer include checkboxes for
baptism, confirmation, and sealing to parents. So we will no longer use the
same sheet of paper to do all ordinances for a person. This is good, because
some ordinance workers accidentally check the sealing to parents box instead
of the initiatory box.
All the five-person sheets are completely full. There are no longer "short
sheets" that ordinance workers tend to look for. (We have to complete all
ordinances on a sheet before the end of the last shift of the day.)
It looks to me like they have implemented a FIFO system. When a temple needs
to print more paperwork, it looks like the "oldest" names in the queue are
grabbed. This reminds me of the way we are doing Indexing batches. The funny
side-effect is that we no longer see a whole sheet of names from a
particular family or country. Last night, in the initiatory, we jumped from
American to Dutch to Spanish to German.
I did not see the new format for the family file cards last night.
Dana in Omaha
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