With the cessation of FamilySearch’s microfilm lending program, it’s a good time to review the levels of content access offered by FamilySearch. The Newberry is a FamilySearch affiliate library and thus has access to greater content than is available to general users. Here are the levels of permissions and how you can access them:
- Digitized content that is freely available to all. Everyone can access this material, from anywhere online.
- Digitized content that requires a FamilySearch login. This content is still available from anywhere, but users need to log in to FamilySearch. Researchers use/create their own free accounts.
- Digitized content that is only available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake, at Family History Centers (around the world), or at affiliate libraries, such as the Newberry.
- Digitized content that is only available to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and/or only available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This content is usually represented by a camera icon with a key icon above it and is not accessible at the Newberry.
Remember, as well, that not all the content that was on microfilms has been digitized yet, and some material won’t be digitized due to arrangements between FamilySearch and the records’ custodians. FamilySearch continues to digitize its microfilm at a rapid pace and expects to meet its target date of 2020 to complete digitization of all materials that they can.
We at the Newberry understand that this can be confusing. Feel free to contact us with questions and for assistance in using FamilySearch and/or for researching your families in general. Note as well that we have several FamilySearch microfilms at the Newberry on permanent loan. https://www.newberry.org/contact-librarian