Friday, September 2, 2011

Additional Census Images Come to FamilySearch.org

A 1930 U.S. Census ImageWithout fanfare FamilySearch.org recently released images for the 1910 and 1920 censuses.

Access to the new images is restricted to active FamilySearch indexers and members of FamilySearch sponsor, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For Ancestry.com subscribers, links are available to the images on the Ancestry.com website. (Can somebody check and see if the images are available inside family history centers?)

To see either the images or the links, you must first login.

Available indexes and images are:

Census

Index available on FamilySearch.org

Image availability on FamilySearch.org
1790    
1800    
1810    
1820    
1830    
1840    
1850 X Free for everyone.
1860 X For a fee on Fold3.
1870 X Free for everyone.
1880 X  
1890    
1900 X Free for everyone.
1910 X Free for some.
Or for a fee on Ancestry.com.
1920 X Free for some.
Or for a fee on Ancestry.com.
1930 X  

I wonder why images are not available for 1880 and 1930. You’d think they would either be available for free or via links to a fee site. (Private note to FamilySearch: Can you let me know the reason?)

Fanfare or not, I’ll take what I can get.

1 comment:

  1. Actually, the census images are not viewable to all active indexers and are currently restricted only to members of the LDS church. Non-LDS active indexers cannot currently view the images. Even when non-LDS active indexers are logged in to FamilySearch, it will state that "Licensing prohibits display of image on FamilySearch." in the record screen. There is also a link to view the image on Ancestry.com on the left side of the screen if one has a subscription there. However when I asked support about this, FamilySearch stated that the census record images would be freely accessible to active indexers in the future. As for the 1880 census, it was indexed in the old extraction program that was used years before FamilySearch Indexing was developed, and thus cannot be connected to the corresponding images without significant technical work. The 1930 census is not yet completed (records for Puerto Rico are still being indexing now), so that is probably the reason why this collection lacks images.

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