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Questions about future collections in Historical Records
Instructions for Area Support

Answering questions about future collections for Historical Records


  • Explain to the patron that information about upcoming collections is not available (see the resolution statement below), and invite the patron to visit regularly, as new collections are frequently being added. 

  • Note: If a patron expresses an interest in helping, you can send the following paragraph.  Please do not include this paragraph unless the patron asks how he or she can contribute.

    If you are interested in volunteering as a FamilySearch indexer, please visit and register. Your contribution will be appreciated and add to the volume of work published at Historical Records.


Symptoms (Problems)
  • When will this indexing project show up on Historical Records?
  • What are the upcoming collections to be added to Historical Records, and when will they be available?

  • How can I contribute to the indexing of records?

Answer (Resolution)

Information about upcoming collections is not made available prior to publication due to various factors that can affect the publication time line, such as contract agreements with record custodians or partnership societies, final assembly considerations, server capacity, geographic considerations, prioritization of collections at risk, delivery type, and so forth. 


A portion of Historical Records comes from FamilySearch indexing. You can view the list of projects that are being indexed for inclusion in Historical Records on the Projects tab of the FamilySearch indexing website. Again, there is no specific time frame for the publication of indexing projects, since they are governed by the same considerations as indicated above.



If you would like to request that a specific collection be added to our online collections, please follow these instructions.

  1. Go to the FamilySearch website. 

  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click on the Feedback button.

  3. Click on Share your ideas, and post your request.

Or use a direct link to FamilySearch "Send Us Feedback" website. Then click on Share your ideas and post your request.


Note: Posting does not guarantee that will be able to acquire the collection or have rights to publish it, but the requests will be seen by those who make decisions about which collections are published. 

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