New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Come To The Schaumburg Township District Library To Access More Online Digital Microfilms Now That We Are An Affiliate With FamilySearch??”; “Yes” Or “No”

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You Come To The Schaumburg Township District Library To Access More Online Digital Microfilms Now That We Are An Affiliate With FamilySearch?”

A) Yes

B) No

Our library became an Affiliate library with FamilySearch in July of 2018.  What does this mean?  It means that when you are accessing FamilySearch from within our library buildings using your login with FamilySearch there can be many more digital online microfilms available for you to access from within an Affiliate location than you can access yourself from your own home location!  You MUST be within one of our library buildings using our computers or your computers connected to our WiFi in order to get the benefit of us being an Affiliate.  Home access to FamilySearch will not give you the benefit of Affiliate access.

As an example, for a particular Polish village of interest to me, if I search for that village in the FamilySearch catalog (Place Search) and find digital microfilm data exists, I will discover that I have access to many more of the films for that village while in an Affiliate library than from home.  It is that significant depending on your own search results for a particular location.  At home I may have been able to access 8 of the films out of 23 but in the Affiliate library I happily see I can access 18 of the 23 films!

FamilySearch uses “icons” to identify access to film material or not.  An icon of a camera with a key above it means you cannot access it from your location.  FamilySearch will tell you were it can be accessed such as a FamilyHistory Center or elsewhere.  An icon with just a camera image means you should be able to open up the digital microfilm and view it.

Remember, this is not “surname” searching via an online index.  This is old-fashioned viewing using a digital microfilm online that is not name searchable but will allow you to peruse through the online microfilm data image by image.  It can still be incredibly productive especially since you can no longer order microfilms for use through FamilySearch.

You almost have to do a side-by-side comparison of what you can access from home versus what you can access from within an Affiliate for any particular location of interest to you.

I do emphasize to our genealogy program participants to consider using us as an Affiliate.  All of research is not done through surname index searches.  It is well worth comparing a particular location of interest to you from home versus within our library to see if you have more available digital data to view here.  Again, just login to FamilySearch with your Username and Password while in our library on our computers or on your computer connected to our WiFi.  Search their online catalog for a location of interest to you.  See what digital data microfilms exist for that location.

Don’t leave material for your research untapped if you can view more digital online microfilms from within our library.

So where do you fit into the responses?  Simple choice, YES or NO.

Let the poll speak for itself

Let’s see how the responses go to the question at hand with just a simple selection from the list of answers.

So …………………….“Have You Come To The Schaumburg Township District Library To Access More Online Digital Microfilms Now That We Are An Affiliate With FamilySearch??”

A) Yes

B) No

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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