On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services. That's right - no more ordering film into a local Family History Center.
Before readers react in horror, remember that FamilySearch has made good progress (over 1.5 million films done to date!) on digitizing its microfilm collections, and is continuing to digitize them. Once digitized they are put online.
are many genealogists, like me, who have NEVER had access to microfilm
loans due to no nearby FHC, nor have we been able to access them in Salt
Lake City (due to travel and/or expense). But the world has not ended,
and we have been able to make great progress on our genealogy.
also like to remind those who think the sky is falling that
FamilySearch records are FREE. It surprises me to see complaints about a
free service as I am now seeing on Facebook as genealogist are learning of this policy change. We should all be thanking FamilySearch profusely for even
creating the microfilms and then working on digitizing them.
I know I'll get some flack for saying this --- but --- as much as I
love genealogy, as much as I am absolutely addicted and obsessed with it
--- it's not truly that important in the overall scheme of things.
Finding a cure for cancer - that's important. Feeding hungry children -
that's important. Figuring out how to have peace in the world - that's
important. My suggestion is that we all keep it in perspective.
Just my personal thoughts on this.
Read the full explanation of this policy change on Family History Microfilm Discontinuation