I'm working on the legal name change of one of my families in 20th-century New Jersey. FamilySearch has made available the series of films, at FSC only.
The films are not indexed. That's not a problem. I've often worked with unindexed films. The records are in no discernible order on the films. Not a problem, I've often browsed microfilm, in the old days, and digitized films, in modern times, for hours looking for the record I need. I'm willing to work to find the record I need.
But I'm at a loss to understand why the film that contains the Name Index is further restricted and cannot be viewed at an FSC while the rest of the series can be viewed.
Is there possibly an error here? Should that index film be classified in the same way as the rest of the series?
Could a moderator or manager please take a look?
The catalog indicates that the index goes to 1967, which is likely too recent.0
I wondered that, too, but the films don't go that far, as you can see from my screenshot.0
It's possible that the end date is an error, and the index only covers the years that are in the catalog, but it's also possible that the index covers more than the images do.1
If the first and last film were restricted due to privacy laws, a microfilm reel icon would be expected, indicating the records are not available in digital form under any circumstances. So I don't think privacy is the reason. If a non-LDS patron cannot access the film from a FamilySearch Center, that implies either the film is LDS-only or can only be accessed in certain countries.0
The catalog's icons are starting to be rather noticeably out of date at this point, which is unsurprising given that it has been locked for over a year and a half now. The access message is concordant with the reel icon, not with the keyed camera.1
I am going in to Salt Lake this week for RootsTech. I should have time to get to the FSL and take a look. I will see what I can do .0
Thank you @Maile L0
Ok @Áine Ní Donnghaile, I tried both in the FS Library and connected internally via my employee login and get the same message as you about it being unavailable. I have passed it on to a manager. Hopefully we can see if there is truly something within the 100 years or if it is going off of a filming date.1
@Áine Ní Donnghaile Maile asked me to take a look at this. I was able to review the film and it does contain entries up to 1967 so that would why.
Thanks @Maile L and @Sam Sulser0