It will be a great shame if viewing the films is restricted, as I have
found records on the LDS films (particularly Madras) that cannot be found
in the images on Find My Past. Hopefully we will have an answer before mid
August, because I am giving a presentation on research of records in India,
the films and access to them, at an Affiliated Family History Centre!
On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 11:45 AM, Maureen Evers <maureen.evers(a)bigpond.com>
Ainslie, this reason has also been suggested by someone else, and I am
beginning to think this must be the underlying reason.
I have raised this issue generally on the FamilySearch Feedback Forum, and
an employee has said they will investigate. I must admit I was somewhat
surprised, as FamilySearch employees generally don’t indicate which issues
they decide to investigate.
While for some records findmypast would be the most convenient source of
images, some records such as later baptisms and marriages are not available
on findmypast, so I am concerned that viewing is becoming restricted to
Family History Centres, and unavailable at Affiliate Libraries.
There may also be an issue whether these FamilySearch microfilms are even
available at all, that only the Findmypast images are available, but this
may turn out to be some sort of FamilySearch programming bug.
> On 19 Jul 2018, at 5:08 pm, Ainslie Sharpe <ainsliesharpe(a)gmail.com>
> Maureen, could the fact that the Church records are no longer available
> the Affiliated Libraries be something to do with the fact that those
> records are on Find My Past? Some commercial reason?
> On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 1:44 PM, Maureen Evers <
>> Hello List
>> Thanks for all the comments to date.
>> I have been doing some searching in the FamilySearch catalogue and from
>> the samples I have looked at, it appears that the records which are now
>> longer available at Affiliate Libraries are all British Library India
>> Office Church records for Bengal, Madras and Bombay, while other
>> such as British Library India Office Muster records continue to be
>> available at Affiliate Libraries.
>> However, some other India Office church records such as Macao, and St
>> Helena, are partially available at Affiliate Libraries, the Index to the
>> records can only be viewed at a FamilyHistory Centre, but the records
>> viewable at an Affiliate Library.
>> The catalogue links for the last 2 are
>> I am beginning to think this change is wholly a FamilySearch decision,
>> even perhaps a programming bug
>>> On 17 Jul 2018, at 11:05 am, Maureen Evers
>>> Hello List
>>> Many family search microfilms, and digitised microfilms, are copies of
>> records which are relevant for India research, from the British Library
>> India Office collection.
>>> The digitised microfilms of the British Library India Office records
>> could until recently be viewed at a FamilySearch Family History Centre,
>> at an Affiliate Library. I
>>> Recently looking at a Familysearch catalogue entry it now appears that
>> digitised microfilms of the British Library India Office records can
>> BE VIWED AT A FAMILY HISTORY CENTRE.
>>> Affiliate Libraries seem to have lost the ability to show these
>> In Australia most of the Affiliate Libraries are libraries of
>>> Has anyone in Australia, or elsewhere, come across this?
>>> I would be interested to hear if there was any advice given by
>> FamilySearch to the Affiliate Libraries, or if any one knows the
>> to this decision.
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