A computer science student at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah has
developed a free program called "Fast Film" that allows a person to
automatically download batches of digitized microfilm images from
FamilySearch.org to his or her hard drive. This would allow a researcher to
quickly download all the images from a particular image set and then browse
them offline at leisure and with whatever image tool he or she prefers,
rather than having to slowly search through an online-only set of images one
The software is available here:
Versions of the software are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, but you
must have Java already installed on your computer to run it.
(Most people do.)
I have no connection with this person nor with their software, but thought
it could be a welcome tool for other researchers to use. While this is not
an "official" FamilySearch tool, it appears to have been developed with
their knowledge and implied permission, as the computer science student is
at BYU and I first learned of the tool through a FamilySearch-related
computer developers listserve.
If you use this tool, please remember that FamilySearch owns the copyright
on their microfilms, even if the images are downloaded.
They should be used for personal research only, and not publicly reposted
anywhere in bulk.
- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Los Angeles, California