Microfilm Fading Out!


The days of ordering microfilm through your local LDS Family History Centre ended several years ago. Use of microfilm for research, as opposed to legacy storage, continues to decline. This announcement from FamilySearch is another step.

Due to the rapidly diminishing supply of microfilm, the ability to request copies of microfilms from the Granite Mountain Record Vault to be viewed in the FamilySearch Library will no longer be available after Saturday, July 15, 2023. We are currently working on alternate methods of access for microfilmed records that cannot be released to the public online. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we develop these alternative options.

I recently ordered a microfilm from The Archives of Ontario through Interlibrary Loan. When will AO follow suite making more of its holdings available digitally?

Digitization of microfilm is proceeding apace, if not as rapidly as one might hope. Canadiana Heritage list more “Coming soon” reels than recently placed online. There may also be copyright issues with transferring from microfilm to digital.

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