[quote="Jerusha, post:19, topic:272896"]
You have to have a current temple recommend in order to access their necro records.
I kind of suspected something like that. At the FHC on Santa Monica blvd. in L.A., I recall seeing forms for submitting records to IGI and so forth. I always ignored that stuff.
Regarding ancestry dot com, I joined for a three-month period once, but I didn't feel it was a good value. I met the same set of family researchers that I had already met (not that many people in our family, I guess). I encountered the same problems with sloppy, un-sourced conclusions and people filling in "family-trees" willy-nilly without proving every fact.
IMO this is the great downfall of these systems: computers and relational databases have made look-ups easier, but you still have to think about what you are doing and not jump to conclusions.
To get back to the topic of Mormons and genealogical research, about the only records that they wouldn't have access to are family-held records, like family bible pages and the like. I have some of those kinds of things because my family knows I like to do this as a hobby, so my relatives have given me that kind of thing over the years. I will share copies with individual researchers if they are working on a particular family group. I think there is very little, however, that the Mormon church couldn't find out through the public records. I don't know what the criteria are for baptizing people (do you need a birth record, or what?), but I don't see how I can prevent it.