I've been reading James Tanner's genealogy blog, and I am under the impression that your "partnering" with Ancestry.com will lead to FamilySearch become a paid site. Is that true? If so, I do not want to continue donating my FREE time to indexing. Will you please clarify this matter?I am amazed that anyone would draw that conclusion from what I wrote. Apparently, this person (and others who made similar comments) did not read what I said and certainly did not read the announcement linked above. I quote from my recent post: "In both cases, you can use the records for "free" if you want to go to a library or in the case of FamilySearch.org, anyone can use the records for "free."
Let me emphasize so there is no misunderstanding. FamilySearch will always provide the records for free access on the Web. But there are some things that are not "free" for example, there is a charge for ordering a microfilm from FamilySearch. The agreement between FamilySearch and Ancestry.com will not change the way either company does business. Ancestry.com will still charge for a subscription and FamilySearch will still offer its records free online. The benefit to the community is that both organizations are able to provide more records.
What connection is there between donating time to Indexing and the fact, as it exists now, that Ancestry.com charges a subscription? I fail to see a connection. The indexed records are freely available on FamilySearch either in an index or in actual copies of the records. Where is the problem?
I suggest that anyone who is still in doubt read both of my last posts on the subject.