by Bill Buchanan
Recently on a forum on the Internet the question was asked about how to get replacement parts for microfilm readers in FH Centres.
At http://familysearch.org/serve there are videos of talks in the FHC
Director area. One of them is about Family History Center Equipment from the Open House 2011. In this talk we are told about computer and printer replacement – well worth listening to – and close to the end (28 min 14 sec) Donna Miller tells us that we can get replacement parts for microfilm readers by asking for them from FH Centre Support at FamilySearch. The following direct link will take you to the talk.
(shortened form http://goo.gl/1Mwbg )
It seems likely that microfilms will be with us for another 10-15 years or so, although they will decrease in importance over time.
It might also be good to check with your FM group. They may be aware of surplus parts or even surplus replacement microfilm readers in your area.
2. 110 year rule
You might want to review the following knowledge document that is available in the Help Centre at either FamilySearch.org or new.FamilySearch.org
Knowledge Document 113599
“Information regarding the upcoming change from the 95 year policy to the 110 year policy
At the RootsTech 2012 conference, it was announced that the rule relating to getting permission before doing living ordinances is changing. The new FamilySearch website is currently being updated to accommodate this new policy. This update will be available in the next few weeks. Until then, please keep in mind this new policy.
The new policy is as follows:
Before doing ordinances for a deceased person born in the last 110 years, please remember that close relatives may not want the ordinances performed, or they may want to do the ordinances themselves.
You may do ordinances for your own deceased spouse, child, parent, or sibling, but please consider the wishes of other close living relatives, especially a living spouse.
If you are not a spouse, child, parent, or sibling of the deceased, please obtain permission from the closest living relative before doing the ordinances. The closest living relatives are, in this order: an undivorced spouse (the spouse to whom the individual was married when he or she died), an adult child, a parent, or a brother or sister.
Verbal approval is acceptable. Family members should work together to determine when the ordinances will be done and who will do them.
This is scheduled to be released in the next FamilySearch update.
For information on what to do with family ordinance cards that were printed by mistake, see 1008370.”