How to Create a Free FamilySearch Account

  FamilySearch is the largest provider of free genealogical records in the world. They have almost 4,000 Family History Centers worldwide as well as a website where you can access more than 4 billion names for free and upload a personal family tree or create a FamilySearch family tree.  Some of the collections we list at OnGenealogy are from FamilySearch and while they are a completely FREE website, FamilySearch now requires everyone to register for a free account before searching any records.

  We'd encourage you to CREATE a free FamilySearch account and take advantage of this great resource. You can opt out of emails and control privacy settings and we'll show you how in another post.   Instructions for How To Create a Free Account at FamilySearch   1. Go to If you already have an LDS account, your account is the same as an LDS Account and you can use the same…
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What does LDS mean and why do they care about Genealogy?

If you've been involved in genealogy or are new to the hobby, you'll invariably run into lexicon like LDS and Mormon.  So what does LDS and Mormon mean and why do Mormons care about Genealogy? On FamilySearch, LDS and Mormon are just shortened names that refer to either members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the church as an institution, or genealogy collections that involve these people in some way. You can visit: for explanations of their history and beliefs, for current news and resources used by members worldwide, and for free family history resources provided by the LDS church. Caring for ancestors is a core LDS belief and is why Mormons have invested time and resources into preserving genealogy records worldwide. Mormons believe they have a specific charge to care for their own ancestors and by extension, do their best to help others connect with their…
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