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FamilySearch.org: Search and Find Your Ancestors

February 27, 2015

FamilySearch is the largest online collection of historical records available to genealogists, family historians, and you. With over 4 billion records available online and new records continually added, this is a prime website to begin looking for records of your ancestors. The website is free to all users. You can create an account if you wish but it is not necessary to access the records.

FamilySearch.org has the following research options:

Historical Records

Search for your ancestors in historical records which include indexes, extracted records, and images of original records when available. With familysearch.org you can easily find the following records:

  • Birth
  • Christening
  • Marriage
  • Death
  • Census Records

You can made your search as broad or as specific as you want, and modify your search options easily.

Genealogies

Browse genealogies submitted by users of the predecessors of FamilySearch. See what other people have researched on your family lines.

Catalog

Search a catalog of genealogy materials. Not all the materials in this catalog are available online now but this catalog will tell you where you can access them if they cannot be accessed online. The catalog includes:

  • Books
  • Microfilm and microfiche
  • Online materials
  • Publications

Books

Browse FamilySearch’s online collection of more than 150,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications. More books are added as they are digitized. Publications include family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. These books come from renowned family history libraries including:

  • Allen County Public Library
  • Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library
  • Brigham Young University Idaho David O. McKay Library
  • Brigham Young University Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library
  • Church History Library
  • Family History Library
  • Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
  • Mid-Continent Public Library – Midwest Genealogy Center
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Onondaga County Public Library

Research Wiki

Get help from Family History Research Wiki. The Wiki provides you with free genealogical research advice from experts around the world. You can learn where to find record collections in the wiki’s 80,000 plus articles. Find out more about a location you where you want to research and the records available in the location. Are you new to genealogy? Use the wiki to learn more about doing family history and genealogy research.

Visit FamilySearch.org today.

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