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I’m frustrated

Allow people to pay for online access to microfilms/niches.

Allow access to certain cataloged resources for a fee instead of travelling to the nearest Family History Center.

The one closest to me in about an hour and a half away in one direction. That would mean three hours out of my day just in public transportation in order to have the chance at doing research.

I would rather spend $5 a month to access the records of Melilli (Italy) while I need them, or $10 to have permanent access to them on my account, than have to go through that.

I'd prefer it if these relatively-newly digitized records were free, but I will take what I can get.
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  • Not really sure what you are proposing here. Assuming you are not suggesting a microfilm loan service, how would this material be made available?

    The FamilySearch organization is working hard to digitize its film collection and - subject to any contractual limitations - the film you wish to view should be available for free online after being digitized.

    The microfilm ordering service has now been stopped, of course, so what other method are you suggesting should be available in order for you to see these records from home?
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    Paul - Previously, microfilms and microfiches used to be available for loan at a FHC and were not online. Some of these microfilms, such as the Melilli Records, were put online after the microfilm/fiche loans were ended. For such a record, however, they want you to go to a FHC in order to view the online images.

    These are the ones I'm talking about. They're already online, but they want you to go to a physical location to view the online images. For some people, such as myself, this isn't something easily done.

    My proposal is to have it available to people who can't make those sorts of treks.
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  • My understanding is that most restrictions on records (virtually all) are defined in a contract between FamilySearch and the archive, so I don't think something like this can happen in most cases.
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  • Randy is correct. Access is controlled by the terms in a contractual agreement between the owner(s) of the record(s) and Family Search. There are no options.

    Consider this. You could not take a microfilm home with you from a FHC or facility, but only view it there. The same is true of records that have restrictions. Also, there were films that could only be viewed at specific locations. Same thing applies.

    Everything is controlled by the owner(s) of the record(s).
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