Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services."

But they estimate the time when all of these microfilms "should be digitized by the end of  2020", which will be great if true! (This particular item, "Old and New Westmoreland," actually already is digitized and available online).

Noooo!  I just found out yesterday that Family Search is phasing out its microfilm distribution services:
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.

I just ordered a few microfilms last week.  I guess it will be my last order.  I'm going to try not to get upset, and instead focus on what I already have (which is a lot), and spend time cleaning up my tree and working on research plans for the people I have on my tree.

"Old and New Westmoreland" digitized copies.

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