Family Bible Preservation Project
Frequently Asked Questions

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Question:  Who can I contact if I have any questions or comments about this service project?
Answer:   Feel free to contact us at
OR you can sign the guestbook  - click here.

Question:  Is anyone making money off of all the work we are all doing?
Answer:   Please feel very confident  the Family Bible Preservation Project has no financial motive whatsoever.  The purpose of the project is to make these records freely and easily accesible in FamilySearch Memories. These records are NOT "being sold" to any third party. 

Question:  How do I determine which Family Bibles in the "current batch" have already been processed
and which ones havent?
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.
What is the link to the batch that is ready for processing?

Are there any training videos?
Yes - a couple:

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, is blurry, or is has not been rotated to the correct upright position,  or for whatever reason cant be processed 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 and feel free to MOVE ON to the next one.  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 early December  2021 we have almost reached 20,000 Family Bible records tagged,  about 4,500 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 30,000 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.

Question:  What should I do if I see that another copy of the same exact item has already been  linked to the corresponding person in FamilyTree?
Answer:  Simply add a comment at the bottom of the duplicate item  and just add the word "duplicate" to the comment along with the PID (ID Number) of the person in FamilyTree.