Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Have the Free LDS Partner Subscriptions Begun to Roll-out?

It looks like the free LDS  access to premium websites: Ancestry, MyHeritage and FindMyPast are starting to get active. Here are some messages I received yesterday (22 Apr 2014) on the roll-out. So far I haven't seen anything official put out by FamilySearch or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Email received from Riverton FamilySearch Library consultant.
They announced today in our staff meeting that Directors of Family History Centers are suppose to have access to Ancestry.com today. Within the next week anybody that is listed as having a Family History church job is suppose to have access to Ancestry.com.

Then they will allow all people in Utah as the next group.
Then they will allow all members in United States.
Then they will allow all other Countries to have access

LDS-Ward-Consultant Mailing List on RootsWeb.
Concerning Roll out for LDS Partner Subscriptions Access will rollout by e-mail invitation. The e-mail invitation cannot be forwarded. It's only good for the person who received it. Roll out will start with General Authorities. Then to church employees and missionaries. Then Family History Consultants. Then to active Family Search patrons. Purpose is keep the Partner sites from going into overload from too many at once. This roll out will be for Ancestry.com, Findmypast and MyHeritage. Efforts are continuing for further partners in the future. This is from a notice received for Church Service Missionaries.

Deseret News article on 2 Apr 2014
"Access to genealogy websites for LDS Church members may come sooner than expected"

"Originally, FamilySearch encouraged church members to be patient because this special access wouldn't be available until the end of 2014.

But Thom Reed, FamilySearch's partner marketing manager, recently reported the project is ahead of schedule.

"The launch is currently scheduled for the middle of the second quarter," Reed said. "We are in the testing phase with our internal group right now. ... In the next two months, we will begin with a limited rollout. Patrons will be notified by an individual email invitation once we go live. We anticipate broad access for all members of the church will happen in the late summer, early fall, if all goes well."

Update:  James Tanner just announced he received his free access today as a Church Service Missionary. You can read about it at: "Free Access to Ancestry.com, MyHeritage and findmypast.com begins"

1 comment:

Jana Last said...

Thanks for this info. Renee! =)