Remember the agonizing months we perused the FamilySearch Catalog only to meet with utter frustration over dead-end clicks? All too frequently when clicking the camera icon to view digital images online, our hopes and dreams were dashed.

It was the empty screen of death for genealogists working late into the night, hoping to view a digital image that could possibly solve our research challenge. Instead of images from a digitized church or courthouse record set, we were met with the ever so painful notation that we “did not have sufficient rights to view the images” and that “the record set must be viewed in a Family History Center or affiliate library.”

We wasted time clicking where we could not go, only to see that dreaded message time and time again.

There was considerably more than a lone cry in that wilderness of dispair.

In fact, online genealogists on at least four continents begged FamilySearch to give us a new icon.

We suggested an icon that would indicate before clicking, that review of the record set wasn’t going to happen online from the comfort of our personal workstations.

We begged, we pleaded. We promised Chocolate Chip Cookies. Ol’ Myrt here even submitted suggested illustrations – anything to save us from those out-of-bound clicks and the extra 5 seconds it took for the black screen of death to rez into view.

And so they DID!

Thanks to info provided by Monique Riley via Facebook tonight, Ol’ Myrt is happy to report the engineers at FamilySearch have crafted a new icon that’s starting to appear in theĀ FamilySearch Catalog! See the red arrow above. It’s the beloved (and oft times dreaded) camera icon, now with the addition of a key above it.

What does it mean? The church or government archives that has jurisdiction over original record sets permitted FamilySearch to digitize certain records but stipulated in their mutual contract the images be protected. In fact, the images are to be viewed only at Family History Centers and affiliate libraries.

Adding a record set to “To Do List” for our next visit to the Family History Center or affiliate library is a lot more productive that erroneous clicking to dead-end black screens of genealogical death, wouldn’t you say?

THANKS for listening, FamilySearch.

Where may I deliver the home-baked cookies?