[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Access problems - Online St. Petersburg Records - Official explanation

Jerry Frank FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca
Fri Oct 28 11:11:30 PDT 2011

Yes, you have to be an LDS member.  When you create your login, there is
 an option for public access and LDS member access.  

Some people within the SGGEE organization will therefore still be able to view them online because they are LDS members.  

Either the "decree" to limit access just came down in the last few days or they were having problems before in which anyone could see them but we were not supposed to.

It is important that to understand that this is not an internal LDS ruling but rather it is governed by their Russian source.  If they want to keep filming in Russian Archives, they will have to comply.


----- Original Message -----
From: Karl Krueger <dabookk54 at yahoo.com>
Date: Friday, October 28, 2011 11:52 am
Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Access problems - Online St. Petersburg Records - Official explanation
To: Jerry Frank <FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca>, "ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org" <ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org>

> So Jerry from what you say the "LDS sign in" is different than 
> the account anyone can open up on their website? So we need to 
> know someone who is a member of the LDS (like at our FHC) or 
> become one ourself to have this access?
> But it sounded like others periodically read these records. I 
> viewed them two weeks ago. Someone else just two days said he 
> looked at records but yesterday could not. At a minimum their 
> security for this seems to have glitches one way or the other.
> Karl
> ________________________________
> From: Jerry Frank <FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca>
> To: ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org
> Sent: Friday, October 28, 2011 12:25 PM
> Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Access problems - Online St. 
> Petersburg Records - Official explanation
> Sad news.  I have received an official response from Family 
> Search as follows:
> "Thank you for contacting FamilySearch regarding images in the 
> Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates 1833-1885.
> This
> is a restricted image collection.  FamilySearch has rights given 
> by the
> Russian Society of Historians and Archivists, in Moscow, Russia 
> to 
> publish images online to users with an LDS sign in. An LDS sign 
> in can 
> only be obtained by those having an LDS membership record number.  
> These
> records are available on microfilm which can be ordered for 
> viewing 
> into the nearest FamilySearch Center."
> As I interpret this, you should not have to order in a 
> microfilm.  You can go to the FamilySearch Centre where you 
> would normally order the microfilm and have an LDS member open 
> the online images for you.  It still means leaving home to do it 
> but that seems to be the best option at this stage.
> Jerry Frank
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