Wednesday, June 28, 2017

813. Family History Microfilm Discontinuation

            On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services.  (The last day to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017.)

            The change is the result of significant progress made in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology.

• Online access to digital images of records allows FamilySearch to reach many more people, faster and more efficiently.

• FamilySearch is a global leader in historic records preservation and access, with billions of the world’s genealogical records in its collections.

• Over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images) have been digitized by FamilySearch, including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide.

• The remaining microfilms should be digitized by the end of 2020, and all new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment.

• Family history centers will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home.

            Digital images of historical records can be accessed today in 3 places on under Search.

• Records include historical records indexed by name or organized with an image browse.

• Books include digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries.

• Catalog includes a description of genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, etc.) in the FamilySearch collection.

            When approved by priesthood leaders, centers may continue to maintain microfilm collections already on loan from FamilySearch after microfilm ordering ends. 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.

(Thanks to IGS for this tip.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

812. Not Many Major Conferences Close To Indy

It seems that 2017 is not our year. After the IGS Conference here in April, it's slim pickings until 2018. FGS is the closest major to Indiana for awhile. Look around for some good programs at your county societies-lots of folks working hard for you!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

810. Mexican War Files Up Next

Now that we have the War of 1812 Pension records under control, we are moving further into the 19th century military arena. Anyone interested in doing a little indexing?