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About FamilySearch Archives

FamilySearch International is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. This vision drives everything FamilySearch does and is carried out by a dedicated team of employees and volunteers that work to gather, preserve, and share the world’s records.

In 1894, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organized the Genealogical Society of Utah, which has expanded and become FamilySearch. Thus, we have spent more than 100 years actively seeking out and preserving records of historical and genealogical importance. FamilySearch has partnered in this effort with more than 10,000 archives and more than 200,000 volunteers worldwide. Together, we create and preserve archival-quality images and indexes and make them freely available to millions of people looking for information about their ancestors.

FamilySearch works together with records custodians to help them provide timely, economic, secure, and broad access to their records while maintaining access control and identity. The collections of FamilySearch include documents such as civil registration records; church records; and probate, census, land, tax, and military records. The collection also contains compiled sources such as family histories, clan and lineage genealogies, oral pedigrees, and local histories.