Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tip - FamilySearch lookups now digital

Great news posted this week!  -  I used the previous service once, last August, and had asked then about possibility of getting digital vs. paper copy; was told this was a popular request that was being worked on.  And now it's available! and free!

Subject: Family Search Photoduplication Service
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2013

Family Search has had a service for many years, to obtain a photocopy of any record they have on microfilm 
for $2 each if you know the microfilm number, record title, name, date etc. of the record. 

Now this is a free e-mail system. You can order up to 5 records a month for free through e-mail, they send you a link to an online Family Search file storage site where you download a zip file with your images at no charge. In your email include LDS film number from, record number, record type, name of person(s) on record, title of record, and date of record, for up to 5 records per month.
Great for New York City birth/death/marriage index or any other record where you know enough information to find the right microfilm.  It should also work for LDS filmed records indexed by JRI-Poland. This sounds like a good option for Israelis who do not have Family History Center access. 
I did one order and it took about 2 weeks to get the e-mail link to the copies. Some of the copies are a little blurry and dark, but you can't beat the price and all the records are legible. 

See here for more information including the e-mail address to send an order:

Mark Jacobson,
President, JGSPBCI Boca Raton, FL

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