01 August 2016

[CA-SCGS] Important Update in Member Benefits - Southern California Genealogical Society

We want to take this opportunity to update you about changes in benefits for members of the Southern California Genealogical Society.

As of August 15, 2016,  SCGS will no longer provide either in the SCGS library or via remote access to World Vital Records. With the acquisition of World Vital Records in November 2011, MyHeritage greatly expanded their ability to provide innovative ways to research family history. In 2014, MyHeritage partnered with Ebsco, to offer MyHeritage Library Edition™. When the SCGS subscription to World Vital Records was up for renewal, the Board of Directors was informed that the entire contents of World Vital Records are now included in the subscription database MyHeritage Library Edition™. The Board of Directors, acting on this information from the subscription providers and with the financial interests of the SCGS members in mind, voted against renewing the subscription to World Vital Records.

SCGS will continue to provide remote access to MyHeritage Library Edition™. A list of the outstanding resources available through the MyHeritage Library Edition™ can be found here.

The various collections in World Vital Records are all represented in MyHeritage. The collection titles and the descriptions of the content are the same. However, the search engines are different and the results will display differently. 

SCGS subscribes to several online genealogical resources as a benefit for our members. Subscriptions are selected based on evaluation of potential usage, cost, and content by the Board of Directors. These “Institutional Subscription” contract durations vary depending on distributor terms and conditions. Databases included in these institutional subscriptions may differ somewhat from those available through individual subscriptions. These online data resources may be accessed by members working onsite at the SCGS Family Research Library.

Some subscriptions provide remote access to SCGS members. Remote access to these subscriptions is subject to change or cancellation at any time due to changes in terms and conditions in contracts with the distributors. Continued remote access to these subscriptions is controlled by the distributor and SCGS cannot guarantee their availability.

Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

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