FamilySearch News #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Due to changes at FamilySearch, many previously accessed records >from your
home computer may now only be accessed at one of the FamilySearch libraries.
This is due to FamilySearch implementing contract reviews that impacted
access to some of the record contracts. These restrictions will be ongoing
and could impact further records. They have to renegotiate all of their
microfilming contracts to obtain digital access. Users will likely see
further images moved to the FamilySearch Centers restriction status.

FamilySearch posted on their blog, guidance on searching as they say 77
percent of the free historical records on their website, can't be found by searching. To find these
hard-to-find records you'll need to know how to use resources like unindexed
image collections and their catalogue . To assist visitors to their
website, a new video presentation is available giving step-by-step process
of locating these hard to find records. See:
original url:
to learn the research techniques to access the "elusive" records.

To read more about this see:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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