Family Bible Preservation Project
Frequently Asked Questions

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Question:
 How do I determine which Family Bibles in the "current batch" have already been processed
and which ones havent?
Answer:  
The easiest thing is to focus on those that have the "Add Tag" icon.
Also any that have already been processed should have a blue person tag indicating a link to a FamilySearch Family Tree Record.
Also you might have better luck starting at the bottom or the middle of the batch than at the top.
 
Question:
What is the link to the batch that is ready for processing?
Answer:  
link:   https://www.familysearch.org/photos/gallery/album/661389

Question:
Are there any training videos?
Answer:  
Yes - a couple:
https://youtu.be/S3JZ7-HUgsU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIF9hdTaV38

Question:
If a  Family Bible has many names do I need to tag all of them?
Answer:  No, you do not need to person tag every single entry in a bible. Try to at least person-tag at least 2-5 or so names per bible and then move on to the next bible - thus attempting to maximize the number of bibles that are tagged to at least 1 entry.  Usually the father and mother in the family should be among the 2-5 names.

Question: How much time should it take to process one bible?
Answer:  Everyone will have  a bit of a learning curve at the beginning.  But once you get into the rhythm of things - it really should not take more than 5-10 minutes per bible. If you are spending more time than that - once you have good experience in the project - than you are probably spending too much time on one Family Bible.

Question:  What should I do to indicate that I am finished with a particular Family Bible.
Answer:  At the bottom of each Family Bible page - is an area where you can leave a comment.  Adding a comment ends up generating an email to me and lets me know of your progress.   You can add a short comment - simply with the date that you completed the record.

Question:  What if a Family Bible record for whatever reason is not legible or can't be linked to a person in FamilySearch Family Tree.
Answer: Simply leave a comment at the bottom of the page - explaining the scenario.  If you cant find a corresponding person record to link the Family Bible to, add a comment at the bottom explaining the scenario.  

Question:  Why are some "person tags" gray and others blue.  
Answer:  when a Family Bible person tag process is complete - and has a link to a specific person in FamilySearch Family Tree - the link will be colored blue.
Sometimes you will start the process - but then not actually be able to find the person  in FamilySearch Family Tree - and the person tags stays in gray - because there is no true link to a person record.  Although there is nothing really wrong with it - we actually prefer that you NOT create the tag - if you can't find the person in the system to link the bible to.  Rather it would be better - just to not start the tag at all  - because then it looks like it has been tagged - but actually hasnt been.  You may try finding the people in the FamilyTree - as a "first pass", and record their ID numbers like on a log - BEFORE you then follow up with actually creating the person tags.

Question:  What do I do if I cant find the corresponding person record in FS Family Tree?  
Answer:  Part of  that question has already been answered in the previous item.  BUT if you are a very experienced FamilySearch user - we dont have any problem with you actually CREATING the person/family record in FamilySearch if it doest yet exist.  Then once created, by yourself, you can make the link to the Family Bible.

Question: How Many Bibles have been person tagged so far?  
Answer:  As of February 2021 we have almost 9,000 Family Bibles tagged,  about 3,000 Needlework Samplers and numerous other items.

Question:  How many more family bibles are there that have yet to be person tagged.
Answer: Of course the number is a finite number . . . but we should be able to keep people busy person tagging bible records for a very long time - as if it was almost an limitless number. . . 
Quite easily at hand - I have records of over 20,000 bible records that can be processed - and once processed I believe I could easily find many more.

Question:  Is it better to take a batch of bibles and get all the ID's for each corresponding persons, for all of the bibles,  before I start actually creating the person tags?
Answer:  We prefer that you go one bible at a time - and go through the entire process before choosing another bible.   This is especially true when you realize others may be working on the batch at the same time you are.