Frequently Asked Questions
Is LDSGenealogy.com owned by the LDS/Mormon church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)?
No, this site is independently owned and operated. The official sites for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints include FamilySearch.org and ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Is this site just for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS church)?
Absolutely not! This site is for anyone interested in finding their ancestors. I welcome any and all visitors who might find this site helpful.
How was the records directory created?
In 2008, I started doing U.S. genealogy research and was frustrated trying to locate where the good online records were found. I decided to make a website directory that had all of the relevant online genealogy records for the state of Connecticut. The project eventually expanded to all of the U.S. states. It also was later expanded to include helpful articles for learning how to do genealogy as well.
At various times over the years, I have had other people assist me from time to time with gathering information to add to the site, programming the site, and writing articles. But for the most part, the site has been a one-woman operation run by me (Jeniann Nielsen) since 2008.
What is the purpose of the website?
LDSGenealogy.com was created to help people to find information about their ancestors. It includes many helpful articles for learning genealogy research and an extensive records directory to help you to locate genealogical records.
My goal is to have an extensive directory for all of the best genealogy record sources available, both online and offline, free and paid. Though I'm still a long way from reaching my goal, I do update and add to this site regularly. The information found on this site is freely available. However, some of the sites listed do require a subscription to view all of the available records.
For information about updates to the site, please see the blog.
Can I suggest new record sources you should be listing in the directory?
Yes! If you have suggestions, please submit them through the contact us page. Note that I generally only link to records that are specific to a certain locality for a specific time frame that are broadly applicable to many researchers. All submissions will be carefully considered, though I cannot guarantee that all sites submitted will be added. You can also leave a suggestion on the Facebook page.
I have transcribed, indexed, or imaged some genealogy records. Will you put them on your site for the public to use for free?
Yes, I would love to include more genealogy records on the site and will be happy to include them within the records directory. Note that the records must be in the public domain or have permission from the copyright owner. They must also already be in a digital format as I do not currently have the resources to type or scan records.
Can I help with your site?
Yes, there are several ways you can help including:
- Use the site in your research! Knowing that the site is helpful to others makes the time and effort required worth it.
- Bookmark the site and share it on your website, blog, and/or social media channels
- Like our Facebook page
- Help me to identify what records I still need to include in the records directory through the contact us page
Can I link to your site?
Yes, please do! If you have found this site helpful, please link to the site through other websites, blogs, or social media so that others can use it and benefit from it as well.
What if I encounter errors on this site?
I do my best to keep the links on this site maintained so that you don't encounter broken links, but websites change quickly and links do end up broken at times despite my best efforts. If you do encounter a broken link or other errors, I would appreciate it if you would let me know by submitting the errors on the contact us page.
Are there links on this site that go to websites that require a subscription?
Yes, this site links to both free sites and sites that require a paid subscription in order to access their full content. Affiliate links are used within the directory on this site and a small contribution goes to the website if you sign up for a subscription on the following sites: Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, Archives.com, Newspapers.com, GenealogyBank.com, Fold3.com, FindMyPast.com, E-Yearbook.com, and FamilyTreeDNA.com. The revenue from affiliate links is used to pay for the cost of maintaining and improving the site, keeping the information free to the users.
Is this site copyrighted?
Yes, this site is copyrighted by LDSGenealogy.com, with the exception of some of the articles, maps, and graphics which are copyrighted by their respective owners and used with permission or license. Trademarks owned by their respective owners are their own intellectual property and some are used on this site for educational purposes. The maps are available through one of the following licenses via Wikimedia: CC 2.0, CC 2.0 BY-SA, CC 3.0, CC 3.0 BY-SA, CC 4.0, CC 4.0 BY-SA, public domain.
The content of this site may not be copied, bulk downloaded, or otherwise used to create content or value as part of any other product or service, either for nonprofit or commercial use, without written permission.
Thank you for visiting. Best wishes in your research!