Advances in technology and rising expenses of doing things “the old way” apparently have caught up with FamilySearch, just like it has everywhere else. For the past few years, FamilySearch has maintained the London FamilySearch Centre (including volunteers who helped patrons with the many microfilms and computers in the Centre) at The National Archives in London, England. Now that Centre is being closed.
The following is the announcement from FamilySearch:
Advances in technology mean that FamilySearch can now provide its free services to
visitors at The National Archives more flexibly. Many records can now be accessed at
home, in one of our local Family History Centres, or in a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.
The National Archives has agreed to become a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, meaning
that access to all digitised records on FamilySearch will continue on PCs located in the
reading rooms. Visitors will need a FREE FamilySearch account to access records and
self-help guides will be available. You will notice little difference, other than that our
volunteer workers will no longer be present to provide 1 to 1 assistance.
Available digital records include:
- British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices & Obituaries
- England Births and Christenings, Marriages, Deaths and Burials from 1538
- England and Wales Census Indexes, 1841 to 1911
- England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957
- Parish records for many churches in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
- Workhouse Records, Land Tax assessments
- War Office Registers, 1772-1935; World War I Service Records, 1914-1920
- Free access to many records from countries across the world.
- Plus many more
Ancestry Institution UK and FindMyPast are available on computers at The National
My thanks to the several newsletter readers who wrote to notify me of the closure of the London FamilySearch Centre.