Dear Ancestry Insider,
I am very upset about the changes in familysearch.org! Now I will not have access to the same level of free information I had in the past. I am on a disability pension and cannot afford to pay findmypast.com.
You will have the same free access to the same level of free information that you did before. In response to the FindMyPast announcement, Paul Nauta, FamilySearch spokesperson said, “In general, all of the new records from FamilySearch that will be accessible from within findmypast.com will continue to be available online at FamilySearch.org…Records that are indexed by FamilySearch volunteers will continue to be available for free to all visitors of FamilySearch.org.” (Okay, I worry a tiny bit about the “in general” phrase.)
In response to the MyHeritage announcement, he said, “All of the new records from FamilySearch that will be accessible from within MyHeritage products will continue to be available online at FamilySearch.org.”
Contrary to having records removed from FamilySearch.org, I seem to recall a couple of the press releases said that the companies would engage in joint projects to acquire, digitize, and publish additional records. Hopefully none of these new acquisitions will include those obnoxious arrangements where you get the index for free on FamilySearch.org but have to go to a partner site and pay to see the images. I suppose I shouldn’t complain about that; even a new, free, index is cheaper than a plane ticket to the archive. Still, I hope that doesn’t happen.
I’m aware of records that have been removed from FamilySearch.org for other reasons, such as the recent removal of images of Cook County vitals. (See this article in the FamilySearch wiki for more information.) That happens because of changing laws, rules, policies, and agreements with archives.
We don’t lose anything already free in these agreements and we get additional free stuff. That’s sweet.
The Ancestry Insider