A question came up in one of the Thursday night Zoom meetings about what all is available at Family History Centers that isn't available outside. While the links are not available outside the FHC, the list of available Premium sites is publicly viewable (with descriptions of each) at:
That list can be shown to anyone as an illustration of why FHCs are valuable (in this case close to $1000 if we subscribed to each one at home outselves), and why moving exclusively to a home-based "family history center" will leave people without access to very valuable resources at no cost. We all know that Ancestry.com is available to Church members at no cost, but not everything that Ancestry owns is made available by them to Church members. Fold3 is a major example (a gold mine for military records).
Also, as another person mentioned in that Zoom meeting, there are microfilmed records that occasionally have been restricted by their owners to ONLY be available (viewable) within a Family History Center, or in some cases also a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Those Restricted records are shown as such on FamilySearch (i.e. whether they're fully viewable by public access, or available in either a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, or just a FHC).
This one? Part of the description of the session is why you should go to a family history center..... https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/rtc2021/session/what-is-a-family-history-center0
@gxl gxl The link to each meeting is right here in this group. Just go to the home page of this group and look over on the right side of the home page. There you'll find the link for all three meetings in the different time zones. Because there is no recording of those meetings, there is also no link to go back and listen to previous meetings.
@michaelwalker3 michaelwalker3 Can you please upload the RootsTech class "Why Come to the Family History Center" that you referred to in the Pacific meeting? I've tried to do a search for it by your name and the title of the class, but to no avail. I would love to see it!0
@Chris Schmink As I recall, the Brother referred to a PowerPoint presentation he had made at RootsTech--26 or 46 slides--and he referenced the link in the chat. I haven't been able to find the presentation. Does anyone have a link to it or the ability to see the chat from Thursday's Zoom meeting? Thanks.0
Can you re-post the link to the Thursday nigh Zoom meetings?0
Thank you for your comments Chris. You are so right! We have just been thru that struggle a year ago. Busy priesthood leaders do not understand the importance of the centers and think all can be done at home. It can be a battle teaching them other wise. I wish familysearch would teach the leaders to get that information out or down the lines. Also a thank you for the info, I did not realize that my ancestry account had less records then the institution edition. Thank you again.