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Church records requests

I recently traveled to Nicaragua for family history research. Several archives and churches and city halls I visited had extensive records that would make wonderful digital resources. Could you send your angel's team of image scanners to the following repositories in Nicaragua? Santo Tomas (officially, the church has records from 1910 forward; unofficially, they have baptismal records extending back to the 1600s--my historian friend has seen and handled these records), Acoyapa (church records are from 1900 forward; civil records are from 1879 forward), Juigalpa (extensive church records from the early 1700s forward; no baptismal records before 1842), Granada (extensive civil records and church records; these are especially valuable because Granada was a major cultural and economic center of the country), Leon (extensive church and civil records are available at the archdiocese archives).
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    FamilySearch are a bunch of dumb-ass they only think USA records should be online... Its a pity that these West Indies records will continue to gather dust while they jut record USA papers.... According to them the only 'active' cemetery in Australia is Bundaberg in Queensland.... pity its just a fly spot on a piece of paper.. but there are millions of other cemeteries in Australia that NEED recording but they are all by-passed so they can put up USA crap!!!!!
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    • Also, there are 36 collections from Australia and New Zealand (28 cover Australia). Most cemetery records that are on FamilySearch are the product of Find-a-Grave. Copyright prohibits many publications from being copies (microfilmed or digitized), so it is a matter of law, as well if permission to film/digitize has not been granted by the owners of the records or publications.

      I'm not sure why you think the only available cemetery collection is from Queensland. It isn't. Go to the list, and narrow the search to Australia and New Zealand, and then Australia. There are a number of cemeteries from different locations whose publications have been microfilmed and made available in digital format.

      Lastly, FamilySearch is not the only source for records. In many instances, external (to FamilySearch) records are available, but it takes some digging to find them. Start with the FamilySearch Wiki, but don't be shy about using sources like Cyndi's List (http://www.cyndislist.com/) to see what else is available. Likewise, Google is also a good search tool.

      I have found many sources for the areas that I need information on sites that are not related to FamilySearch.
    • Bonnie,

      I have good news. This is a limitation you can personally fix. Later this year we will make available to you an Australian cemetery indexing project. You personally can make more Australian cemetery records available to everyone! Visit https://familysearch.org/indexing/ to get started.

      More good news: We currently have 300 cameras active worldwide. 253 of them are outside the US. Of those, only 10 countries have more cameras than Australia.

      We have acquired records in hundreds of countries that the commercial companies will not touch, judging them to be unprofitable. We have the largest free collection of non-US records available anywhere in the world.

      If you have close relationships with record custodians in Australia and could make introductions for us to acquire high-value records currently unavailable to us, we would VERY much like to talk to you.

      --- Robert Raymond
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    To patrons with no connections to the USA, it does seem priority is given (by FS) to online publication of the records of that country.

    Two things to consider:

    (1) This is probably where the demand lies as far as the majority of FS users are concerned.

    (2) The institutions (whether church or government related) in many other countries probably often refuse permission for the LDS church to copy / publish their material. This can be due to their attitude towards the Church, or financial or general privacy considerations.

    So do not be too harsh towards FamilySearch management - perhaps they are choosing the "easy" options, but what many patrons suggest are probably "impossible" options.
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  • I’m Hoping for thy best!
    Robert I pray the church get more Cameras, and more photos taken, Bonnie yes that is true about the church, and records. Yes they must work with people and governments to do them. Yes it is also true their is things we don't like, but at least they try, if you have any suggestions on how to help them, the door is always open, I am not saying they will do them, but at they look at them. Good luck I hope the best.
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  • FamilySearch does not have the most digitized/indexed records on the internet. That distinction goes to ancestry.com, which now has over 19 Billion (19 thousand million) indexed records spread across over 38,000 collections (if memory accurately serves on the number of collections).

    There is a good Roots Tech session titled “Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher” at https://www.rootstech.org/videos/cris... that describes the collections and different ways to search them. It is also an excellent session for searching and researching historical records which, in my opinion, extends to FamilySearch Historical Collections, as well.
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    Joseph,

    Thanks for your suggestion. I have forwarded your request to the person assigned to our Nicaragua record acquisition.

    ---Robert
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