Sunday, 19 June 2016

FamilySearch website maintenance

A banner at the top of the Family Search website ( notes the following:

The FamilySearch website will be undergoing a technical upgrade Monday, June 27th starting at 12:00 am MDT (6:00 am UTC) and may be down for up to 24 hours as we test the system.

In real money this means that the site will not be accessible from the UK and Ireland from 7am Monday until possibly 7am Tuesday.

NB: If new to family history, FamilySearch is the free to access online platform for the indexed and digitised genealogical records acquired by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints through its microfilming and digitisation projects. Most usefully for Scotland it has indexes to all (or most) surviving baptism and marriage records as found in the Church of Scotland parish registers, and some nonconformist records. It also carries gazillions of other records from the entire planet.*

(*Excluding Antarctica - but give it time...!)


For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit

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