The Different Camera Icons on

Did you know that now uses two different camera icons to indicate if a digital record image is available for a particular record?

You can see the two different images in the screenshot below, showing a list of some Historical Records collections available on

Camera Icons

So what do the differences in these icons mean?

  • The camera icon with the box around it indicates that the digital record images available are on a FamilySearch partner site (such as or
  • The camera icon by itself (no box) indicates that the digital record images for that collection are available directly on

These icons are helpful, so that you know upfront before you search a collection if you’ll be able to actually view the images, particularly if you don’t have a subscription to one of the partner sites that requires a paid subscription.

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Dana McCullough is a freelance writer and editor who frequently writes, edits, copy-edits, and proofreads content for magazines, blogs, websites, books, and more. She is the owner of Dana’s Creative Services and author of the Unofficial Guide to Twitter: @DanasCreative

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