Search for your ancestors in the vast free genealogy resources of the Mormon LDS Church. In recent years, the Mormon genealogy web site known as FamilySearch has made huge improvements by giving free online access to copies of original records.
In the past, the Mormon genealogy records consisted of extracted data and member submissions (the IGI, Ancestral File, and Pedigree Resource File), but the new FamilySearch site offers rich international collections of historical records that consist of vital records, census records, and military records. Many of the record collections have online images that can be downloaded for free. New databases are being added at a quick pace and are browseable until the indexes are completed.
You may have to create and sign into a Family Search account, but it is always free.
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Search the New Family Search Site (Mormon Genealogy) consisting of original historical record collections of vital records (birth, marriage, death, and probate), census records, naturalization records, and military records from around the world. Many of the collections have downloadable images and most are indexed. All are free. New databases are added frequently.
Search for Family Tree:
Search for family trees in a collection of genealogical information taken from pedigree charts and family group records submitted to the Family History Department since 1978.
Search for Photos:
Find your family history in online photgraphic images.
Old Search by Location:
The Old Search has been retired. The Mormon genealogy databases are only searchable at the New Family Search. You can no longer Search the OLD Family Search site that consists of the Ancestral File (member submitted lineage-linked records consisting of pedigree and family group sheets) and IGI (International Genealogical Index that listed several hundred million names of deceased persons from both extracted church records and member submissions), and the Pedigree Resource File (lineage-linked family information submitted by members). The IGI, Ancestral File, and Pedigree Resource File are considered secondary sources and should be verified against original records. Also included in the search in the 1880 US census and the 1881 UK census. The search box below will take you to the New Family Search of Mormon Genealogy databases.
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Family Search Indexing
The new FamilySearch site with its millions of original records and images is possible because of the thousands of volunteers from around the world who are helping to make more free records available through
Family Search Indexing
. You can help FamilySearch by joining the indexing project to make even more records available today. Volunteers are of all faiths but all have the same goal of wanting to help save the records of our past.
Mormon Genealogy Library
The Mormon Church has begun digitizing the millions of reels of microfilm that are in the
Family History Library
in downtown Salt Lake City, but not everything is online yet.
Search the holdings of the library
for more information about genealogy records that are available on microfilm and which can be circulated to a
Family History Center
near you for a small fee.
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