The fact that FamilySearch.org makes an agreement with Ancestry.com or any other entity has absolutely nothing to do with the Indexing project. If the volunteers for FamilySearch index any of the records, all of the users or patrons, if you will, of FamilySearch have access to those indexes. While some of the indexes may eventually show up on the Ancestry.com website, Ancestry.com does not have those records exclusively. Please take time to carefully read the announcement made by Ancestry.com on this subject. Apparently, those commenting on this subject have not read the announcement.
It is also important to remember, what I have said previously more than once, all of the content of FamilySearch.org is available for free and if you go to a FamilySearch Center, the content Ancestry.com is also available for free.
There seems to be an undercurrent of conspiracy theory going around trying to claim that FamilySearch is somehow giving records to Ancestry.com exclusively. If anything it is the other way around, FamilySearch is getting the benefit of the records. Quoting from the FamilySearch Blog:
Will people have to pay to see records indexed by FamilySearch volunteers?Further, this agreement increases the benefit from the records' availability:
No. Such indexed records will continue to be available for free at FamilySearch.org as they always have. If a person is paying for a subscription to a service such as at Ancestry.com, they may have access to these records from within Ancestry products, but this is not required.
What is the benefit to FamilySearch volunteers?Again, the records will continue to be freely available to FamilySearch users:
Any indexer who gives because they want to help others experience the joy of finding their ancestors should feel even more excited at how their gift is being utilized to benefit even more people. Not only will records indexed by volunteers continue to be freely available to visitors of FamilySearch.org, but they will also be accessible to researchers and patrons of other sites and services.
Who will have access to records that are indexed by FamilySearch volunteers?If you are questioning your role as an indexer, here is the response:
Records that are indexed by FamilySearch volunteers will continue to be available at no cost to visitors of FamilySearch.org. In addition to this, many of these records will also become available through partner sites such as Ancestry.com.
Why should I do volunteer indexing at FamilySearch?What is the underlying question here? There is no conspiracy. Please demonstrate to me that one record now or before on FamilySearch, that was previously free is now locked up in a subscription service and cannot be viewed for free online.
Volunteer indexers play a vital role in helping people to discover their ancestors. Family history research today is dramatically different than in the past thanks to the internet and searchable indexes. Millions more people are now able to engage in meaningful research about their ancestors because of the accumulated effort of hundreds of thousands of FamilySearch indexing volunteers. But literally billions of records remain un-indexed, each of which represents a possible missing clue that will help another person to remember a treasured ancestor. Help will be needed for many more years but even a small contribution can make a huge difference for someone else.