Have you ever wondered about your ancestors and wanted to know the history of your family? It is possible with FamilySearch a nonprofit LDS family history organization that is dedicated to connecting families throughout generations. FamilySearch believes that families bring joy and meaning to life.
What exactly is FamilySearch?
Historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, it was founded in 1894, and it’s dedicated to preserving the records of the entire human family. FamilySearch is the largest genealogical organization in the world, and millions of people use its records, resources, and services every year to find out more about their family history.
FamilySearch offers service to everyone at no cost, more than 4 billion names from all over the world, 4,745 FamilySearch centers worldwide and free phone assistance 24 hours a day by experts.
Why it is important?
Learning about our ancestors helps us better understand who we are and creates a family bond that unites the present with the past, and establishes a bridge to the future. FamilySearch aims to help people connect with their ancestors through easy access to historical records.
Who takes care of FamilySearch?
FamilySearch is carried out by a dedicated group of employees and volunteers who work to preserve and share the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. They strive to create and link the best and most valuable research resources to help people discover their identity by exploring their origin. For more than 100 years, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively collecting, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the main benefactor of FamilySearch services. They believe that families should be the central part of society and that family relationships are destined to continue beyond this life.
What services does it have?
Some of the services offered are:
- Image capture. Obtaining an image with conservation quality.
- Digital conversion. For archives that already have bulky microfilm collections, FamilySearch digitizes them and offers digital storage.
- Conservation. Archived copies of microfilms, microfiche, and digital records -from more than 100 countries and covering hundreds of years- are securely stored in Granite Vaults, which are long-term storage facilities designed for record-keeping.
- Indexing online. Once an image is digitized, the key data needs to be transcribed to produce an index that allows users around the world to find and access those images.
- Online access. It allows making the records available to the public for free.