I like the idea of starting a fund but I don't know how to go about that. It would be nice if there were some way for the FHL to take the lead.
I contacted FamilySearch and this was their reply--
"Thank you for contacting FamilySearch regarding the problem of images found on microfilm that cannot be enhanced by equipment at your local Family History Center.
You asked if there is a way to get a digital image short of traveling to Utah and visiting the Family History Library. We have attached a document which explains how you may request a photocopy of records, books, microfilm, microfiche, CDs, or IGI and Sources (alias Photoduplication). At the FHL in Salt Lake, there is equipment which can make the best photocopy of the record currently possible.
If you have a single request and the film is not restricted, we can do a lookup here with your provided information and send you a jpg of the image. We have no way of knowing if this image will be better than the one you can make at your local Family History Center, but we are willing to try."
I don't have anything to look up at the moment, but I will try this when I do. The link seems to relate only to non-circulating films, but the reply seems to indicate they understand our porblem. Here's the link.https://help.familysearch.org/publishing/689/101748_f.SAL_Pu...