The Family History Centre Portal Page now has a completely new design
The Portal values are now provided and operated by Chrome and Firefox Browser Extensions
Whereas the Portal Page we have known for some years was accessed at https://fhc.familysearch.org
the Portal Page is now access at https://www.familysearch.org/fhcenters/portal, for both Chrome and Firefox
However, the previous URL is still in use but will simply forward to the new URL.
This means that the Portal Status Tool does NOT now exist.
The Portal values of being able to access Premium Websites and Online
Image Records are now provided by Chrome and Firefox Browser Extensions.
Use the links in the Help Article linked below to download the Extensions:
Family History Centre Premium Content Browser Extension
Most of our Family History Centre computers were installed with this new Chrome Extension in September 2021 by Remote Policy control, thereby providing access to the Portal Page without need for a manual installation of the Extension. However, the Help Article provides all you need to fulfil a manual installation of the Extension.
Some good news: it is now possible for our personal laptops to be configured with the Chrome and Firefox Portal Extensions, providing personal connection to the Premium Websites, but only when we are present in our Meetinghouses where there is a Family History Centre. The Extension will not function in our home environments. Smart phones and Tablets are not included.
The screenshot to the right shows the Family History Centre Premium Content Extension details when clicking the Green Disk Icon to the top right of the Chrome Browser Window.
In some instances, where there is a Family History Centre on a Temple site, due to different Internet security values, the Portal Extension fails to operate. If this is a predicament you are aware of for the Temple FHC near you, go to whatismyipaddress on one of the Temple FHC computers, and take a full screenshot of the web page appearing. Now contact FHC Support on email@example.com and attach your screenshot. In your message to support state the Temple FHC Unit Number, the Name of the Centre and the Name of the Temple.
With the information you provide in this way a configuration can be made to invoke a normal working status for the Chrome Portal Extension, for your Temple FHC.