If you're at all intimidated about creating a free FamilySearch family tree, there's free help available. Login to FamilySearch.org and select the "Get Help" button in the upper right-hand corner of your screen (see above)
you can go to the Family History Center Location Finder and type in your city or postal code (almost anywhere in the world) and find a Family History Center near you.
Local Family History Centers are run by volunteers and they'll be able to help you create free FamilySearch accounts, create your family tree, research and attach records to your tree, and some Family History Centers will even be able to print a fan chart of your tree.
Family History Centers have access to all of the FamilySearch online records (billions) including some books and manuscripts that can only be accessed at these centers or at approved libraries (sometimes I drive 5 minutes to my local Family History Center to access a book I can't access from m…
You may have a family tree on another website or home computer so why make a tree on FamilySearch?
There are a lot of great websites and apps that pull their data from FamilySearch (as needed, only with your permission) so without a free FamilySearch tree, you'll miss out on a lot of family history leads.
For most people, the FamilySearch tree will practically build itself. You'll add your name and any living ancestors, then when you add your first deceased ancestor, you'll ask FamilySearch to try to find them and there's a good chance they will. It will probably take 2 -3 generations to link up to family that are already in the system and Voila! you'll have a free tree at FamilySearch.
And at FamilySearch, free means free. There's truly no subscription fee ever. Why? FamilySearch is owned the by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and they believe it's their duty to help connect people to their ancestors so they always offer this as a free service.…
If you have old letters, diaries, and family papers that have been stored for years but not transcribed, Historic Journals from RootsTech might be the site for you. And even if you aren't the one who inherited the family papers, maybe the one who did has shared it online and you'll find it here.
Historic Journals is an online family history website with both free and fee offerings for finding and sharing your ancestor's journals, wills, letters, photos, and more. Historic Journals pulls data from the free family tree site, FamilySearch.org. You can upload documents and allow others the privilege of helping transcribe them. "The privilege" haha. We all know there's a reason they've been sitting in boxes for years. It's work. It takes time. And it can be tedious. The problem is, yours might be the last generation that will be able to read them and these documents often contain important leads and clarify relationships and once they're lost, those helps are gone.
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