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Thank you so much for Sharon Hintze’s great ar­ti­cle on The World of Fam­ily-Search in the De­cem­ber 2014 is­sue.

I have used the LDS Fam­ily His­tory Cen­tres for more years than I can re­mem­ber, and have vol­un­teered at my lo­cal one in Par­ra­matta (sub­ur­ban Syd­ney) for about 17 years. This cen­tre has a good per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of films and fiches for Bri­tish In­dia so at­tracts vis­i­tors from across the Syd­ney metro re­gion.

It is sad that the chang­ing na­ture of ge­neal­ogy re­search means that pa­tron­age of Fam­il­y­Search cen­tres has dropped off, with so many peo­ple now think­ing they can do it all from the com­fort of their own homes. How­ever, there are still in­nu­mer­able records not avail­able on­line, which the LDS cen­tres of­fer ac­cess to, as well as the ex­per­tise of ex­pe­ri­enced vol­un­teers.

I also vol­un­teer at the So­ci­ety of Aus­tralian Ge­neal­o­gists’ li­brary and am amazed at how many new mem­bers may have paid for sub­scrip­tions to one of the com­mer­cial sites, yet have never ac­cessed the wealth of re­sources that are found on the Fam­il­y­Search web­site.

Fi­nally, as a fairly re­cent con­vert to Fam­il­y­Search In­dex­ing – I can rec­om­mend en­gag­ing with this on­line vol­un­teer ef­fort to make more records more widely avail­able. There are in­dex­ing projects avail­able from around the world, not much for the UK at the mo­ment, but the colonies are

well rep­re­sented – South Africa, Canada, the West Indies, as well as the United States and Euro­pean coun­tries. There is even a mu­tual help group for in­dex­ers to share their prob­lems. Sylvia Mur­phy, New South Wales, Australia

Edi­tor replies: I’m glad that you en­joyed the fea­ture, Sylvia. We like to make peo­ple aware of free re­sources as much as pos­si­ble and they don’t come much big­ger than Fam­il­y­Search. Have any other read­ers got in­volved in in­dex­ing projects re­cently?

Our fea­ture on Fam­il­y­Search in the De­cem­ber 2014 is­sue

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