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Kimberly Powell

Records Created by FamilySearch Indexers to Remain Free

By July 29, 2008

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Ever since last week's announcement of the joint census projects between FamilySearch.org and affiliate companies such as FindMyPastcom and Ancestry.com, there has been speculation and trepidation (and even downright disgust) that FamilySearch might remove access to the free indexes created by volunteers at FamilySearchIndexing from FamilySearch.org. In response, the company released an announcement today in an effort to clear up the confusion.

Basically the announcement states that all data indexedby FamilySearch volunteers will continue to be made available for free to the public through FamilySearch.org - both now and in the future. Access to the related digital images may not always be free to everyone, but FamilySearch will, when possible "seek to provide free public access to digital images of original records." Due to affiliate obligations, some digital records may only available for free access to FamilySearch members (volunteers and indexers who meet basic contribution requirements each quarter, patrons at Family History Centers, and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who’s contributions support FamilySearch’s operations).

From the press release:

The general public will have several options to access any fee-based images offered under FamilySearch affiliate agreements. 1) Home access will be free for FamilySearch members; 2) access is free through a local Family History Center or the Family History Library; 3) access is often free through the record custodian or archive reading room; or 4) for a nominal fee, the public can access the images on specified record custodian or commercial Web sites.

August 5, 2008 at 5:57 pm
(1) Linda says:

Why is it that allow People search to advertise on all your sites? It leads you in to “free” genealogy records and then when you submit a name and click on it, the website tells you that you must be a registered user and to do that, it is $XXXX a year. I am tired of finding that on almost all genealogy sites. I signed up with them once and they told me they were charging for one month free trial and on my credit card it had a full year charged. I think you should investigate more.

August 5, 2008 at 6:38 pm
(2) Patricia says:

I agree with Linda, especially when you pull up a site that says “free” when you pull up the name they want to charge for it. This is all a big joke…

August 6, 2008 at 4:35 pm
(3) Mary says:

I agree. I have 2 subscriptions and I think that should be enough esp for $200.00 a pop.

August 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm
(4) Judy says:

It has been my experience that ANYTIME a ‘Sponsered Link’is accessed, you can expect to be led to a site that ‘fishes you’ for money to actually what they made sound ‘free’. It is all advertisements. Period

August 9, 2008 at 12:44 pm
(5) Jay says:

The vast majority of these ‘free’ sites are simply a waste of time and effort, as they almost always lead back to Ancestry under another guise, trying to charge huge subscription fees for accessing a bundle of record types, only one or two of which are likely to be of interest to you.
For nothing,unfortunately, you generally get….nothing!

August 18, 2008 at 1:09 pm
(6) Candace says:

It can be unusually frustrating when you end up at a membership site such as Ancestry.com, having said that there are some things you can see actual records for that you cannot get without buying even if you find out where the record is within the organization that holds it, ie public records.

Where this is valuable is that you can usually get “enough” information to determine if you are on the right track, in the right state, or timeframe, which can lead you to other FREE sites for obituaries, cemeteries, or county sites which are volunteer and free.

November 11, 2008 at 10:02 am
(7) Bob Francis says:

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