Occasionally, you may run into a situation in your research where an indexed record on FamilySearch.org does not have an image available or the image is available only on another website. You may wonder why that happens. If the index was created by volunteers, shouldn’t the information be available for free?
The searchable indexes created by volunteers will continue to be freely available, but FamilySearch does not own all of the images or historical content that have been indexed. Watch this video to learn what that means for you and your research:
All volunteers deserve to know what access they will have to the published images before they donate their time and skills to index them. FamilySearch publishes the access information at the start of every indexing project. You just need to know where to look. Here are two options for finding the records access information.
- Go to familysearch.org/indexing.
- Click the Find a Project link.
- Search the map or list of projects for the one you want to learn about.
- Click the name of the project.
- Scroll down to find the section titled “Records Access.”
- While in an indexing batch, click the Project Instructions tab.
- Scroll down to the section titled “Additional Information.”
- Click the Project Home Page link.
- Scroll down the project home page to find the section titled “Records Access.”
Volunteers are the backbone of FamilySearch. Billions of records are searchable because of your efforts. Thank you again for your efforts to improve genealogical research for everyone.
By Katie Gale