Here's a link to records I'm researching which show film only for some and digital for others:
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
@Doug Du Plessis The icons in the catalog can be confusing. Yes, FamilySearch announced last week that all microfilms are now digitized. Unfortunately, that does not mean that the record custodians have granted permission for website users to to view the digital images. Anytime you see a DGS number in the catalog listing, the item is digitized. But, the film reel icon in the Format column indicates that we are not yet able to view the digitized images.
Here is a Help Center article that can perhaps help you decipher what you see in the catalog.
Thank you. I hope that these digital images will be released sometime in the near future!
I'm wondering which country's privacy laws they're applying to these: Germany's, because that's apparently where the records currently are, Hungary's, because that's what it was when they were created, or Romania's, because that's where the place is now?
Hungary's laws would seem to be the least relevant, but they're the ones I know about. They used to protect records for 90/60/30 years (birth/marriage/death), but a new law was passed about seven or eight years ago. It has so many "if-then" loops that it's impossible to properly interpret, but many archives have implemented it as 130/86/30. If these are the restrictions they're using, then only film 2456380 (DGS 9174929) should be restricted.
It seems likely that there has been a clerical error here, because I find it improbable that other countries are implementing privacy restrictions even longer than Hungary's insanity.
Looking at the catalogue entry above, I get the impression that these are not FamilySearch microfilms, but purchased microfilms published c 1960s by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart, Germany
I wonder whether most of the restriction of these records is more a copyright restriction of a 1960s microfilm publication, rather than a privacy restriction.
This does not of course explain why two of the films are available without restriction.
You may also like to join the Community Group for the Austro-Hungarian Empire (which appears to cover the area you are researching) where you will find more focused help and assistance from others doing similar research.
Hope this helps.