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UPDATE: FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm

testThursday, September 7, 2017, marks the closing of an 80-year era of historic records access to usher in a new, digital model. FamilySearch is discontinuing its microfilm circulation services in concert with its commitment to make billions of the world’s historic records readily accessible digitally online. (See FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm). As its remaining microfilms are digitized, FamilySearch has provided additional information to users of its historic microfilm program.

FamilySearch, a global leader in historic records preservation and access, began microfilming historic records in 1938. Advancements in technology have enabled it to be more efficient, making an unbelievable tide of digital images of historic records accessible much quicker online and to a far greater customer base.

FamilySearch released a list of helpful facts and tips to help patrons better navigate the transition from microfilm to digital.

QUICK FACTS AND TIPS

  • Patrons can still order microfilms online until Thursday, September 7, 2017.
  • After film ordering ends, if customers need access to a particular film yet to be digitized, they can express interest to have it added to the priority digitization list by contacting FamilySearch Support (Toll Free: 1-866-406-1830).
  • All of the microfilm rented by patrons in the past 5 years have now been digitized by FamilySearch—over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images).
  • The remaining microfilms are being digitally scanned at a rate of 1,000 films per day and are projected to be complete by 2020.
  • New digital images are available as they are scanned in the FamilySearch.org Catalog.
  • Films currently on loan in family history centers and affiliate libraries are automatically granted extended loan status.
  • Affiliate libraries now have access to nearly all of the restricted image collections as family history centers.
  • Visitors to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will still be able to order needed microfilms to use during their research visits.

HOW TO FIND DIGITAL IMAGES ON FAMILYSEARCH

Digital image collections can be accessed today in 3 places on FamilySearch.org, all under Search.

  • Catalog. Includes a description of all the microfilms and digital images in the FamilySearch collection. This is where all of FamilySearch's digitized microfilm and new digital images from its global camera operations are being published. A camera icon appears in the Catalog adjacent to a microfilm listing when it is available digitally.
  • Records includes collections that have been indexed by name or published with additional waypoints to help browse the unindexed images.
  • Books include digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries, including many books that were previously copied to microfilm.

For additional help, see Finding Digital Images of Records on FamilySearch.org, or watch this how-to video “Where are the digitized records on FamilySearch?

“FamilySearch is committed to meeting customers’ needs as much as possible during this transition to digital access,” said Diane Loosle, FamilySearch’s Director of Patron Services. “We really appreciate the wonderful feedback we have received since the initial announcement. It is helping us better facilitate customer experiences during this next phase.”

Loosle said FamilySearch's over 5,000 family history centers will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home. Centers have the option to return microfilm that is available online or otherwise not needed. As more images are published online, centers may reevaluate whether to retain microfilm holdings.

See Frequently Asked Questions: Digital Access Replacing Microfilms for more information.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Comments 1 - 20 (72)
Thank you for your message.
Jean Guy Fabre
11
July
2019
Update my Family Search ?
David Lowndes
31
May
2019
Why have there been no updates or additions to Family Search collections listed on the website,
https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list
since May 21, 2019? Until then, there have been some collections updated every day or two.
gollerg
27
April
2019
Hi, can you please prioritize this film: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/693508?availability=Family%20History%20Library
Hungarian reform church records in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, film 1671330.
Thanks
l berry
26
April
2019
How do updates for familysearch?
Laura Janocko
25
April
2019
What is the time frame for having marriage records of Hungary digitized? I am interested in Vas, Veszprem and Borsod counties in Hungary. I am also interested in marriage records of the Presov region in Slovakia which includes the towns of Cicava and Rudlyo. Will all of this be placed online by 2020? Thank you for your time.
Rev John J Wilson
17
April
2019
Mybiggest disappointment was when LDS stopped giving out death certificates. What will you be doing with that information? Will it now be available?
Noel Dicks
20
March
2019
When will records become available for search again. I keep get message not availabl. try later
psj
29
March
2019
That is a generic message that can come up for a hundred reasons. It depends on the film you are looking at as it's film based not system based. Typically that comes up if it has a restriction of some kind. If you go to the catalog search on the film number and if it has a lock icon above the camera then it has a restriction, most likely FHC or affiliate.
Albert
20
March
2019
Hello,

I am need of microfilms fro Vikartovce during 1830ish - 1906ish. I happen to see the copies of the films online last week, but they were taken down within hours. How can I see these files? Can my local fhl request them? Can I see them on their computers? I really in need of these files. Please help!!!
Here are the films# I need:Film # 1739848 (items 4-5), 1739849, 1739850 and 1739894 (items 1-2).
Psj
29
March
2019
If you go to the catalog and search on those films you will see they are all online and show no restrictions. 1739850 is index on.
François
26
February
2019
What about film 1194512 and other films of Strzelce Wielkie parish which are indicated as "viewable with additional restrictions"? Which are those restrictions? Is it possible to view those films online?
A.
21
February
2019
I am looking forward to finding this available online, it has already had a DGS number for a while...... International Film # 1924885 . DGS # 4149472
Ruth Randall
12
February
2019
I would greatly appreciate it if FHL film# 245,288 and FHL film #245,230 would be considered for prioritized digitization. I am assisting a person who is hoping that LDS Church records will lead to the identity of her biological father.

With gratitude,

Ruth Randall
Ivan Gilbert
06
February
2019
I am interested in having two films prioritized for digital availability.

They are Akta urodzen microfilms: 1257434 and 1257435

Thank you.
cherie HORNER
23
December
2018
I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO UPDATE MY FAMILY SEARCH ACCOUNT.
Marek
30
November
2018
Hi. How is it, that some films have already digital film number (DGS) assigned in catalog, but still have reel symbol and are not available to watch? Example: film 2377697 (4933593). Looks like it was digitized but for some reason locked. I am interested in items 6-10. These are books from Hryniv in present Ukraine. Other films from this parish are available. Also records form Ukraine were recently opened for everyone to watch at home, even the ones that are not 100 years old. Why this one is still unavailable? Can it be put on priorities list? Thank you.
Francisco
16
November
2018
I regularly consult your database to try to reconstruct my family's history. For this reason I would like to know when you think that the corresponding microfilms to Province of Granada (Spain), Catholic Pre-Marriage Investigation Files, 1556-1899 could be available digitally, since most of my ancestors are originally from this place, and many microfilms in this collection contain information about their marriages. Thanks to FamilySearch.
Alice
12
November
2018
Ditto Valerie's comment below. FamilySearch "used to be" my go-to source for research but lately too many records are locked or VERY limited! Records that I was able to access before. Seriously????!!!! So incredibly frustrating.
Valerie
09
November
2018
It is wonderful that you have filmed so many records and are now making them digitally available. What is not so wonderful is how many of the records have limited access. Almost every one I want to view is limited access! My local library doesn't have an agreement with FHC, so I can't view records there. I can only get one 1-month pass each year for the library of the city near me--which means I can't do much there, and it's very inconvenient to go. The FHC in my town is open 2 hours a week. So whereas I used to be able to borrow microfilms to my local library, I now must either fit my research into a very narrow slot of time (impossible to get through very many pages of German script in 2 hours!) or drive almost an hour to a FHC and still deal with limited hours. And the limits for "only LDS members"? Insulting! That's discriminatory, even if it is on the part of the record custodian rather than the church! Please, please try to re-negotiate these contracts as soon as possible. I have volunteered many hours at indexing records, and I agree with others who say that there is no way we should give volunteer labor and then not be able to access records. :-(
Katharina
18
October
2018
would like to please share some pictures.
My wish is to find out the roots of my family name. Unfortunately, many movies are locked with a key. I have two small children and therefore no time to drive in FamilienCenter. The family research leaves me but no peace, so I have many sleepless nights.
I would like to have these films open, if possible:
No: 2091893 Item 3-5; No. 2161270 Item 7-8; No. 2161271 Item 1-5; No. 2161272 Item 1-4;
No. 2162130 Item 2-6, No. 2162131 Item 1-3
I would have more desire movies I would search through.
I thank you very much in advance, very much!
Katharina
05
October
2018
Ich möchte gerne Bitte an paar Bilder frei zu schalten.
Mein Wunsch ist es die Wurzeln meines Familiennamen heraus zu finden. Leider sind viele Filme mit einem Schlüssel verschlossen. Ich zwei kleine Kinder und dadurch keine Zeit in FamilienCenter zu fahren. Die Familienforschung lässt mir aber keine Ruhe, so das ich auch viele schlaflose Nächte haben.
Diese Filme würde ich gerne wenn es geht, öffnen lassen:
Nr: 2091893 Item 3-5; Nr. 2161270 Item 7-8; Nr. 2161271 Item 1-5; Nr. 2161272 Item 1-4;
Nr. 2162130 Item 2-6, Nr. 2162131 Item 1-3
Ich hätte noch mehr Wunschfilme die ich durch suchen würde.
Ich bedanke mich im voraus sehr, sehr!
Glenda Hansen
22
August
2018
Am interested in obtaining church records for the all the Liguria, Italy area, especially Genoa and Recco.
As these ancestors of mine were Roman Catholic, would love to access more of these areas.
Also, am having trouble locating another ancestor born in Montreal, Canada before the civil records were made available. This ancestor's father was in the British army at the time and his birth is not recorded on the Military Births Overseas Indexes.
Will there ever be a time when the Military Births. Marriages and Deaths certificates be on Family Search? I have a direct ancestor born in 1818 and her father was also in the military. I have a typed copy of her birth certificate, but would love to know if copies of the originals exist anywhere.
Thanking you for adding the death records for Italy, found my 2 direct 'parents' death certificates which came under the civil records.
Keep up the good work of adding records for us all, very much appreciated.
Paul Nauta
24
August
2018
Glenda,

If you are not familiar with the Italy-specific search page on FamilySearch, check it out (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1927178?region=Italy). FamilySearch will continue digitally publish millions of new records from Italy for years to come. You can subscribe to this newsroom for weekly updates or the FamilySearch blog for a monthly records update.