No more mi­cro­film?

Mor­mons to fo­cus on dig­i­tal records

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The Fam­il­y­Search ser­vice of the Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter­day Saints has an­nounced that it will stop dis­tribut­ing records on mi­cro­film from 1 Septem­ber this year. Fam­il­y­Search an­nounced that ‘the change is the re­sult of sig­nif­i­cant progress made in Fam­il­y­Search’s mi­cro­film digi­ti­sa­tion ef­forts and the ob­so­les­cence of mi­cro­film tech­nol­ogy’.

Fam­il­y­Search has al­ready digi­tised more than 1.5 mil­lion mi­cro­films, with the re­main­der of its col­lec­tions in this for­mat ex­pected to be avail­able dig­i­tally by the end of 2020.

This may there­fore mean that some records will not be avail­able un­til that process has been com­pleted.

The an­nounce­ment means that re­searchers should not ex­pect to find mi­cro­film any more at the LDS Church’s Fam­ily His­tory Cen­ters around the world. How­ever, some in­di­vid­ual cen­tres may con­tinue to hold some records on mi­cro­film at church lead­ers’ dis­cre­tion. The London cen­tre’s col­lec­tion of mi­cro­film was re­cently trans­ferred to the So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists.

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