FamilySearch Microfilm Distribution to Be Discontinued on August 31, 2017

FamilySearch has made significant progress in the digitization of its vast collection of microfilm, making access to records easier than ever. This progress, coupled with changes in the microfilm industry, have made it possible and necessary to discontinue microfilm distribution services. These services discontinue on September 1, 2017. The last day for ordering microfilm will be August 31, 2017.

FamilySearch has now digitally reproduced the bulk of its microfilm collection, with over 1.5 billion images available online. The digitization of remaining microfilms is expected to be completed by 2020. The most requested collections are already available digitally, and all new records are being preserved using digital camera equipment. This growing access to digital images of records allows FamilySearch to reach many more people faster and more efficiently.
Digital images of historical records can be accessed in three places under the Search tab on

  • Records – Historical records indexed by name or organized with an image browse.
  • Books – Digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries.
  • Catalog – Descriptions of genealogical materials (books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and so on) in the FamilySearch collection, including millions of online images not yet available in Records or Books.

For additional help, see Finding Digital Images on

For more information see the FamilySearch Blog

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