Films Without Images Available
May I suggest you revise your site where you have no images available and show only a reel icon and it states to contact a local Family Research Center to change this look on the website? People are under the assumption that they can still obtain microfilms for viewing and apparently I'm being told by the Akron, Ohio location that they no longer do that. So if there are no images available when I'm on my account, what do we do, just wait? What if the images are never available? Someone has obviously seen them before because there is text information on the birth side of the films but what if someone wants to dig deeper and see the other images that aren't available online but do in fact exist as the index states they do? There are death and marriage records that are important but all the site might show are births or even sometimes nothing. It shows a list of what is out there but we can't access it on our accounts. How do we go around this?
FamilySearch has not distributed microfilms since 2017. Some Family History Centers (FHCs) may still have a copy of a particular microfilm and just as importantly a working microfilm reader. But there's no list of which FHCs have each microfilm.
FamilySearch has to negotiate with record owners to get permission. Some will not give permission for anyone to view the records. Others will give permission only for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or only for users in particular countries. So it is possible that you will never be able to view the images online through FamilySearch.
But usually when record owners deny permission, it is because the records are on another website or you have to pay to see the records in-person. Therefore I suggest contacting the record owner/the archive where the records are kept, and checking commercial websites such as Ancestry.com and trying to find an alternative way to view the records.
FamilySearch also has a lookup service: https://www.familysearch.org/en/family-history-library/family-history-library-records-look-up-service for records that you are unable to view from home.0
Paul W ✭✭✭✭✭
The item you have highlighted (in the link) does appear to be available on microfilm - if you can get to the Family History Library at SLC.
Some Family History Centers still hold stocks of microfilm, but I believe many have returned their films to Salt Lake - perhaps because there is little call for them, or they no longer have any working microfilm readers.
With there no longer being an ordering service for microfilms, you need to be fortunate in having a local FHC that has this film in their "unreturned" collection.
As this item has been digitized, it does appear that either the record custodian is not allowing FamilySearch to put the material online, or possibly that it might be available at a later date. (You will not be able to obtain confirmation if the latter is the case.)0
I note that Item 1 of film 2235567 (https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1049806?availability=Family%20History%20Library) has records from 1933. If there is a 100 year privacy rule, then the entire film becomes available (assuming the records of all 5 Items have given permission) on 1 January 2034. However the 1933 records are deaths, and in many countries a shorter privacy limit applies. If the limit for Slovakian death records is in fact 50 years like it is in many countries, then there's no privacy laws stopping FS from publishing the film, and therefore they must lack permission from the record owners.0