14 July 2020
If you've never heard about FamilySearch, here's 5 fun facts to know about this world-leading genealogy website to help you find your family records.
1. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organisation
You can create an online account and start using their website and services for FREE! It's a great place to start if you're brand new to researching your ancestors. Sign up today here.
2. Get a step-by-step guide on how to use FamilySearch
We've put together a handy guide covering everything you need to get started on FamilySearch, including a quick video introduction. With records in terms of billions and historical details from numerous nations from around the world, FamilySearch is the world’s largest family history website, so you have A LOT of records to start researching! Click here to read now.
3. Your chances of finding a missing ancestor have been 'dramatically increased' with their online service
FamilySearch has published billions of images of historical records from archives worldwide and continues to add over 350 million new record images every year - millions every week.
However, around 80% of those online genealogical records are not searchable by name, meaning that you might not be able to just type in the names of ancestors to find them. Filling in the missing branches of your family tree often requires sleuthing through digital images of the original records online.
The Explore Historical Images tool helps users easily navigate the growing sea of free digital image collections at FamilySearch to make ancestor discoveries more quickly.
4. Find your family in the world’s largest shared family tree
FamilySearch have over a billion unique profiles in their tree, and growing. You can see what others have contributed about your ancestors and connect with them online.
5. Download the FamilySearch app and take your discoveries with you on-the-go
The Family Tree Academy: Weekend Conference is proudly in association with FamilySearch.