FamilySearch international contracts

FOI request reference: CAS-80598-X1G5S4
Publication date: December 2021

Request

1. If TNA and FamilySearch International (or a related entity) have put in place a new contract, I request a copy of this contract.

2. Does TNA know of any arrangement or mechanism through which FamilySearch could publish indexes and/or images of the UK censuses and other historical documents, without there being a direct contractual relationship between them and TNA?

Outcome

Information provided.

Response

1. If TNA and FamilySearch International (or a related entity) have put in place a new contract, I request a copy of this contract.

The National Archives and Family Search have not put a new contract in place. They will no longer publish our images online. They are allowed to present our images in their library reading rooms, which is in line with our general terms and conditions of use of copies of our records, as outlined in the attached document. This is the most recent version, but the principle has been in place for many years.

2. Does TNA know of any arrangement or mechanism through which FamilySearch could publish indexes and/or images of the UK censuses and other historical documents, without there being a direct contractual relationship between them and TNA?

The National Archives has no rights in any indexes or transcriptions created by Family Search. That information is their IP and they are free to do as they wish with it.

The same is true of indexes and transcriptions created by other third parties, therefore it is technically possible that there are agreements in place which The National Archives are not privy to.

We only have rights in our images, and onward licensing of said images is not contractually allowed without our knowledge. We cannot find evidence of any third party having such an agreement in place with FamilySearch to publish our images.