Why are there no records for the year 1924?
Familysearch.org has the Texas Death Records online for free, along with other primary documents. Why is Footnote charging for them? Just curious.
caroleececilia said/asked... "Familysearch.org has the Texas Death Records online for free, along with other primary documents. Why is Footnote charging for them? Just curious."
It's not that difficult to understand if you really think about it. Like most things in life, it's a matter of economics. FamilySearch is subsidized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church -- the Mormons). The donations/offerings provided by their members pay for the equipment, film, supplies, storage, and upkeep of their vast collection. Aside from the people who work for the LDS Church (paid full-time positions), they have a sizable army of temporary volunteers (most, if not all, of their members must participate in service missions). A commercial entity such as Footnote can't compete with free -- even if Footnote was able to get all of the content it wanted for free from other sources, it would still need to charge something for the creation and on-going maintenance of their Web site -- especially if you want it to be organized/structured in a friendly consistent way.
I have found death records on Footnote that I was unable to find on FamilySearch and some on Footnote are alot clearer and easier to read
However it's done, I am glad that footnote has them... I don't mind paying the membership fees.... One set of military records and or pension records (out of the "many" that I need/want)... and that is same as the 'one' membership fee that supplies me with 'hundreds' of various types of documents.... True, I could go to my 'local' library or a nearby family history center & 'look' for 'free'... but you have to 'pay' for any copies printed... and you have to 'pay' for the gas used.... over and over during numerous trips.... However,.... I'm just grateful to 'pay once' and sit at my leisure & copy & 'print' "all that I want/can or need... for just one small price.... Sounds like a 'winner' to me!.... Thank you Footnote, you are a blessing to the many of us that are open to recognizing a good thing when it's presented to us..... Val
wagnerew said of the LDS church, "most, if not all, of their members must participate in service missions."
This actually is not true. LDS church members are not required to serve missions at all. They are not punished or denied any priviledges for not serving missions. It is litterally volunteer work.
caroleececilia: Because footnote is actually putting in time and money to make their archive easy to search and easy to browse. Familysearch has the same data, but it's useless if it's not easy to access. I've managed to find about 50 certificates on footnote that just won't come up on familysearch. A lot of that is because I can also browse by county and date, so even when the name isn't indexed properly (as happens quite frequently with old handwritten records), I can still find the records. Familysearch's beta site will let you browse their images, but it's simply a list of the rolls they've scanned in. You can't look at it by date or location. If you can't find the record you need by searching for the name, it may as well not be there. I can only assume that all of this is because familysearch is largely volunteer based, while footnote can pay programmers and interface designers to improve the accessibility of their records.
You guys are killing me. I can't wait for Footnote to publish more Texas vital records!
As for me this is the only resone I bought it...needing the Texas Death records from 1976........
How often have they added? I have a few more to find! :-)
Not a single added record to this database in over a year. What gives?
I have not seen any progress on the Texas Death Certificates since I joined over a year ago. Becoming impatient....... when will it be completed?
Same here. When will the TX death certs be complete?
So needing to be able to search COMPLETED Texas vital records! Can we anticipate updates soon?
If you are not going to complete this database because of your emphysis on military records please let us know so we'll stop looking for additional records! I will be very disapointed if this database is not completed.
I sent them a message a few weeks ago and got back a pretty much BS canned response. I suggest that everyone not satisfied with the Texas Vital Records do the same and flood them with calls and email. Here is the response I received: "Thank you for contacting Fold3. We appreciate your suggestion that this be included in the future. We will pass this information on to our development team for consideration. We welcome your input, which helps us improve our Web site with you in mind. Please feel free to continue to share suggestions, concerns, or questions you may have with us."
I hope you guys keep adding more Texas death records!
I was told they would not be updating the Texas death or Texas birth records via an email I sent them directly. NOT HAPPY AT ALL!!!
Please complete this database. If you started it, you need to finish it. If your emphasis on military records makes you think you can't, think of how many veterans whose birth/death certificates there are waiting to be input. If you don't intend to update it, sell/give it to some site that will.
One of the main reasons I subscribed was for this database. Sure would like to see some progress on it!
please can we completed the Texas birth and death records :) that is why I subscribed
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.....finish the Texas Death Records. :)
please we have ask and ask that this be finished yet other things keep getting updated please finish what you started
I agree with the other comments. I was disappointed when you changed the name of the site and began focusing on Military Records. I thought this site would focus on National Archive records to make it accessible to those unable to visit the National Archives. When my subscription expired this year, I had to think long and hard about renewing.....and I almost let it pass. I do not know why the focus was switched to Military, but I do think it is only right to complete the non-military databases that were started before the change over to military. Please finish your incomplete databases.
Ancestry.com buys all of the web sites and then destroys them.
THIS IS WHY I HAVE NOT RENEWED - THERE HAVE NOT BEEN UPDATES AND I FIND NO MATCH FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT I TRIED TO FIND. I APPRECIATE THE REDUCED PRICE FOR RENEWAL BUT I WOULD LIKE TO GET SOME USE FROM SITE. WE DO LOOK FOR INFO OTHER THAN MILITARY.
To be more precise, most of these as of 8/22/15 are the reporting forms submitted to the county clerk so that the birth could be recorded and a birth certificate issued. There are also a large number of what appear to be the applications to amend birth certificates. in my experience, the actual amended birth certificate that was issued was longer with space at the bottom for issuance and recording information, signature, stamp or seal, etc..