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designate ward buildings FamilySearch Centers with FSC internet perks

Please designate all ward buildings as FamilySearch Centers and give them access to the Wifi internet perks of a FSC. Many of the records I need are only available online at a Family History Center. We have a family history dedicated space at our ward building, but it is not an official FSC, and currently I cannot see many records there that are online in the catalog and available to view at a FSC, nor do we have the other perks, like Ancestry, Find My Past, etc. In addition, we often have FH events and classes that could benefit from this access, too. This would be a big help to myself and to many other people that I try to help as a consultant.
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    I am just another patron to the FamilySearch "Family Tree," like yourself.

    I think this is a great idea, and doing the above as you say, would certainly help the handicapped.
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  • As always with these requests, the problem lies in the agreements between FamilySearch and those who agree to allow their material to be displayed on the website. If that agreement is that it is only to be available to those attending a designated FHC then that restriction cannot be changed. Likewise, some records can only be seen by LDS members, but other material can be viewed at an affiliate library.

    Unfortunately, viewing restrictions have to remain in line with existing agreements - whatever the perceived fairness of this. I guess the change in status you request is possible, but I would think unlikely.
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  • LDS access does not use the same connection as Family History Centers. Access is controlled by an internal IP address.
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    Yes, it would help the handicapped and also people who are short on time or who work, and therefor whose schedule for FH research does not coincide with FamilySearch Center hours. That's a lot of people! A lot more people could be involved not only in doing family history, but doing it in a setting where they have instruction and assistance by having the FSC internet options at all the ward buildings.
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  • Tom

    I understand what you are saying that,

    (1) LDS access does not use the same connection as "Family History Centres" (FHC) access; and,

    (2) Access is controlled by an internal IP address, only available on FHC computers.

    Then in relation to this post, in that case, then the "Church" needs to,

    (1) Ensure that the FHC access is also available to be accessed by all those using the Chapel / Building, like LDS access; and,

    (2) I know the access in the FHCs is controlled by the fixed IP address only available in FHC computers; then, change the set-up, so that in FHCs the access is not controlled by the fixed IP address and is available to other computers (ie. personal laptops).

    The FHC computers are, usually, heavily used / booked. Many Patrons to the FHC's now bring their own Laptop computers to work in the FHC's.

    Times change.

    It depends on the wording of any agreements between "FamilySearch" and those who agree to allow their material to be displayed; but, I would not think that doing what I suggest / propose would be be breaking the spirit of any agreement in those circumstances. You would not be able to access the material on you laptop computer once you leave / go beyond the confines / boundary of the FHCs access.

    Of course, a big change, easier said than done.

    Just my thoughts.

    Brett

    ps:

    Currently when I am in the FHC at my Chapel and using my Laptop I notice that under "Search Records" on the "Person / Details" page / screen the additional / extra option "Ancestry - Institutional" access appears and is available for use. And, when I leave the confines / boundary of the Building access, the additional / extra option "Ancestry - Institutional" access no longer appears on my laptop.

    Now, I am wondering if I am, in fact, using the LDS access or the FHC access!?

    Because, I would have thought that in line with the various agreements, the "Ancestry - Institutional" access ( although old school ) should / would have only been accessible through the FHC access; and, not the general run of the mill LDS access!?
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