I would simply like to add weight to the request for ALL OUR FILMS TO BE INDEXED AND PUT ONLINE. I am part of a growing number of family members trying to research our past and grow our family tree but coming up against 'DEAD ENDS' in our research due to lack of records. Please Please DIGITIZE!!😀
@DavidBrice1 , FS needs permission from record owners to digitize records. This is often the reason why FS cannot or has not digitized a particular set of records.
If records are on subscription websites such as Ancestry.com or FindMyPast, then the record owners are usually extremely reluctant to let FS digitize and publish them, because if they did, people would use FS instead of paying fees to the other websites. A similiar thing happens if the records are at an archive that charges an entrance fee.
Many records are owned by government archives or agencies, and so decisions about whether to digitize them are political. Be sure to make your views known to the relevant politicians and vote in the primary and general elections for those offices.
What records specifically are you interested in? Someone on this forum may have specialist knowledge about those records and how you can get access to them.
Thank you for the above response. Part of my research is associated with the surnames...Courtney(Courtenay), Lewis, Whickham, John. My research shows references to St Patricks in Grenada. I live in the UK.