Why does everything of value have to be free? Free church dinners, free manuals,
free song books.Last time I looked none of these are free except to
those who do not support the programs some way financially.They come
from the ward budget which is payed by members of the Church.For
those who cannot afford the $300 to $400 per year and still want to work on
their family history this will be a God send. Of course the Church will
probably incur come expense and this again will be financed through our
sammyg, Money only goes so far and there are lots of places at night to
get free wi-fi access. You may have lots of extra money, but I don't or I
would already be using Ancestry.com. Family History Centers have limited hours
and most of them are during the day when the Majority of people actually work. I
don't pay $50 for internet, but I support myself so I have to be careful.
Yes ancestry.com has a right to have a business and charge, but that
doesn't mean that the church makes sure they stay in business. Yes the
pioneers had a price to pay, but that was for traveling. There is a lot of
people that sacrifice just to have internet to keep in contact with family. If
you have extra you can send it my way any time. I work so I can pay rent.
I havent had much luck with My family history. Ancestry said i does in 1960 as
Well as My dad and My aunt and cousin. Im still alive and so is my cousin. My
aunt just died recently and dad died in 96. Ancestry has My line going back to
utah and My line has never lived in utah except for the time i did. I cant even
hardly find anything on My husbands sido but that could be because it was
bohemia which was conquered so many times and part of czechosavakia. The only
thing i know is who his great grandpa is and where he is buried and dates if
birth and death
Richie: RootsMagic is a very good substitute for PAF 5.2. It's quite
PAF-user friendly. I've loved it since making my own transition when PAF
was going away as a viable program. They have a "try it" version for
former PAF users too.
How exciting! The effort being put into this project are truly extraordinary!
I don't like the new programs. PAF 5.2 was much better for my purposes.
I may not understand exactly why the LDS do this, but I'm sure glad they
do. This is an unbelievable resource for historians in any number of fields.
I sure hope Ancestry is honorable in dealing with these records, in the end
they're a business and have to make money.
Let's be thoughtful about this. None of the records have ever been free,
have they? The Church, I'm sure, has paid vast sums to collect and make the
"free" records available which, in turn, came from voluntary
contributions from church members. Volunteers have spent countless hours
indexing and extracting, spending time and effort and fuel to get there and do
the work.Non-members seem to have been busy too; indexing endlessly
local parish records and placing them on the internet for all to use.If it wasn't for businesses like "ancestry" I wouldn't have
half the information I have. Ancestry pays for the time and effort that goes
beyond those donated days, weekends and evenings, and provided work for people
in the process.I'm sure little of this involves duplication.
Many nations are concerned; I don't think this is just the American
(although there are, I believe, 140 million American wills to be made
available), and not alone British and European records, but records from around
the globe.It has been a daunting process I dare say, and daunting
the work yet to be done. Yet it is also exhilarating and exciting.
This is a magnificent advancement! Hopefully this will continue to inspire more
individuals to take advantage of how easy it is to research their own family
history and help others as well. Fortunately there is a good camaraderie between
the two groups which benefits everyone as they collaborate records and ideas to
improve and simplify family history.
I think some of the above comments show that some people did not fully read the
article. First, the records will be available on Family Search so you do not
have to go to the Family History Center or pay Ancestry.com. Second, Family
Search is a nonprofit but the cost to maintain all of the records and internet
access requires a funding source to keep it going. The added funds will help all
of us get better access to the records. Because of the indexing that has been
done by so many members we were able to find more family members and do the work
The records we have indexed thus far is only the tip of the iceberg! There is so
much information that is still untouched, and so many records yet to be
discovered, too... I still have hopes that all the 'lost' Irish
records will turn up somewhere, one day. This is the Lord's work, and will
go forward. There are so many people who's births/ marriages/ deaths were
not recorded, for whatever reason... the answers to these brick walls may well
lie in those vaults... bring it on, I say! I'll help any way I can
I'm confused. Aren't these records already digitized? I would have
thought that this information would have been the first to be made available.
After all, the information was already available to the church and has been all
along.What have we been indexing?How much of this information in the
vaults is really NEW? Or is it just something to create another round of
duplicate ordinances wasting our time?How many of these BILLION records
are really unique?
If you read it says in the article, the new stuff will be available on Ancestry
and Family History sites as well. I am excited. I am so stuck in Germany, and
we have a huge German area where I live.
Hi and BroJoPetty complaints?Let's see, I notice
both of you made comments after 9:30pm so I'm going out on a limb and just
guessing your not at McDonalds or the public library using public free internet
at this hour.So I'm guessing you're sitting at home just
looking for an excuse to complain on your personal computers and high speed
internet that you pay $50 or more a month for.Pay an additional $30
a month and you can have access to all of Ancestry's holdings and be able
to view it when the FHC is closed in Huntington Beach and Ogden from the
convenience of your own home with out paying a cent to travel anywhere.Comments? (crickets)Ancestry and FamilySearch working
together is great news.Never has there been a better time for family
Luckily in Huntington Beach we have a Family History Center. If we relied on
old Family History missionaries it would take years/decades to process all those
records. Plus it doesn't actually say they will only be available on
Why does everything of value have to be free? Free church dinners, free
manuals, free song books. Come on, do you think our ancestors refused to sail
to America because the ship required a paying ticket for passage? Get real,
life is full of priorities and choices. I will gladly pay whatever it takes to
have access to these new records.
Sadly "profitablility" seeps into the church's ideals. Even if
Ancestry.com charges at least lunch is free
Of course only those that can afford Ancestry.com will have access to the
records unless you can get to a Family History Center. It is interesting that
the church is allowing Ancestry.com to charge to view these records. Some people
can't afford to pay the fees that they charge.