FamilySearch is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the LDS Church. It is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Below are some of the many offerings that FamilySearch makes available to the public.
FamilySearch Family Tree is a way to organize and record your genealogy online. It is free, is available to everyone, and provides an easy way to discover your place in history with free tools to help you preserve and share your family's story.
FamilyTree combines lineage linked conclusion trees from other users so that you can view the information about your ancestors that others have. It includes many records submitted to FamilySearch over a period of many years, so many millions of names are included in the database.
The FamilyTree also contains places to add photos and stories of ancestors, so you can share your photos and stories with others for your ancestors and view those of others as well.
LDS Church members can login to Family Tree and their information will automatically pull up ancestor information that has been submitted by others.
FamilySearch has many millions of records available online that are available for free. You can search the records by using a name search or you can browse and search the individual Historical Record Collections.
The record collections are created by the FamilySearch volunteer indexing program. For as little as 15 minutes, you can help to index the records to make more records available for others online for free.
Family History Library
The Family History Library is the largest genealogical library in the world and includes all of the records owned by FamilySearch. Many of the records are available through FamilySearch centers throughout the world. Available records are listed in the Family History Library catalog.
If you are looking for a professional researcher to access the Family History Library for you, you can try Genealogists.com, a site that offers onsite research for archives and libraries by professional genealogists throughout the world.
The FamilySearch wiki has more than 73,000 free articles on many genealogy research topics. The FamilySearch wiki includes articles on research for areas throughout the world, record types, help for those starting their family history, on articles on many other topics.
Family History Books
Family History Books is a collection of more than 80,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The Family History books collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees.
Learning Center Online Videos
FamilySearch has hundreds of online training videos on many topics through their free Learning Center. It includes a beginning genealogy course as well as many video training videos for intermediate and advanced researchers.
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