FamilySearch Family History Books Reaches a New Milestone

August 5, 2013  - by 

FamilySearch has announced they have reached a milestone in their collection of Family History Books found at  More than 100,000 books have now been scanned and published online by the partnership of the Family History Library, Allen County Public Library, Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library, Church History Library, Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, and the Mid-Continent Public Library – Midwest Genealogy Center.  Family History Books are available to search and use on the website and can be viewed by clicking Search and then clicking Books.

The majority of the online books are family histories, with a smaller portion made up of cemetery records, local and county histories, genealogy magazines and how-to-books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. These valuable resources are viewed by more than 100,000 people a month.

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  1. Although the information above states that the books are digitized and available online, when I did a search and clicked on links, I received a message that I was unable to view them. Thank you.

  2. I am in search of my mother’s family in St. Vincent. Her father died when she was 3 yrs old and she is now in her 70’s. I know of many other people who would like to search for their Vincentian ancestry. Is ever going to be able to help people like me? They seem to only focus on Jamaica and Barbados as the only Caribbean islands.

  3. Carol Moss – it would be great if a filter could be added to include ONLY those books w/o restriction. As others have expressed, it can be frustrating to discover a book has viewing restrictions. If we could apply a filter, it would make finding those books w/o restriction much easier. Thanks!

      1. Books used to be so much easier to access. Since the digitization, it has almost become impossible. Why is that?

  4. I initially got this message when I tried to view a book at my house:
    “Delivery not allowed, You do not have sufficient rights to view requested object. Item is currently in use by one other user. Somebody else is currently using this book, and only one user can use this book at a time. Please check back for availability in 60 minutes, which is our checkout period. There is no waiting list.”
    It was only after I went to my local Family History Center that the item I wanted to view worked. I also had to use the computers at the FHC. So it appears that the FHL is able to identify the IP for the computers at the FHC and thus allow you to view some items. That seems to be the one caveat for those who experience this message. I can’t, however, speak for everyone; this was my experience.

  5. On the rare occasions that a book I want comes up, when I click on the title I get “ids” or “delivery” in the top bar and I never get the book. What else can I do?

  6. I was delighted to find 2 books I wanted digitized, but when I clicked the links I got the “no sufficient rights, access denied”, but nothing saying the book was in use or try later.

    I tried both Firefox and Chrome, same result.

    A marker to tell us “no access” would be helpful and less frustrating.

    1. This is what I just found out: If the thumbnail shows the cover of the book, it’s accessible, if the thumbnail shows an access denied sign, the book cannot be read online.