Why do some indexes have access limitations?

Limitations in access to indexes on FamilySearch come from record collection agreements between FamilySearch and partnering organizations. When we partner with interested third parties, it helps FamilySearch ultimately provide more access to more records to all who use the site.

In some cases, these agreements give us permission to share certain records in a limited way—with those who visit the Family History Library or local family history centers in person, for example.

Here are some possible solutions to try when an index you want to view is not available online:

  • Search the Catalog to see if similar records are available in a different format.
  • Consult the Research wiki to find other sources of information for the place of interest
  • Ask the FamilySearch Community for research assistance.
  • Try to access the records at a later date. Our agreements can change over time, and we always strive to make more records available to our users.

Why does FamilySearch partner with other organizations?

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