No more microfilm?
Mormons to focus on digital records
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.