News Release

Mormons Add Records from Seven Countries to ‘Family Search’

This week FamilySearch added 12 million new online records to its vast store of historic genealogical records. The 6.5 million indexed names and 5.6 million brows-able images come from Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Spain, and the U.S.

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy record source in the world. The non-profit entity is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints.

Searchable records on FamilySearch are made possible by thousands of volunteers all over the world who film and transcribe (index) the information from handwritten records to make it easily available online.

Family history research is a popular and personally satisfying pursuit for young and old alike. Millions of people use the Church's resources to learn about their ancestors because FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years.

Patrons may access FamilySearch online at or through one of the 4,600 family history centres scattered through 132 countries. All services are free and available to the public, including online classes, census and immigration records, and help in getting started.

Finding the family history centre nearest you can be done at Family History Centre Locator.

More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read a foreign language) to keep pace with the amount of digital images coming available. Those interested in doing indexing for even one hour a week can learn more at the FamilySearch website.


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