In 2013, FamilySearch entered into agreements with Ancestry.com, findmypast, and MyHeritage. As a result of these agreements, members of the Church will receive personal access to these family history websites at no cost. Earlier this month some Church members began receiving email invitations to create accounts on Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, and MyHeritage.com.
On Tuesday, April 29, those with family history callings, including family history consultants, family history center directors, stake indexing directors, and high priests group leaders, began receiving individual email invitations in English to sign up for these free accounts. Not all those listed above received their invitations at the same time; we are awaiting translation into additional languages, and there are limits to the number of individuals who can create new accounts with each of the partners or convert existing accounts. All those with family history callings should receive individual invitations by May 27.
The rollout to those without family history callings will be done by individual email invitation, and the rollout will last for approximately three months. After the initial three months and by the end of 2014, access will be given in stages to all members in specific areas.
The initial rollout will include access to the premium tools and features of these websites. In the near future, members will be able to connect information in FamilySearch Family Tree with family history data on each of these partner websites. Additionally, in the future, members will be able to submit names for temple ordinances directly through each of these websites with the same level of security that exists on FamilySearch.org today. More information will be available by the end of 2014.
We are excited by the progress in making these resources available to all members free of charge and encourage you use these sites to help you find your ancestors and submit their names for temple ordinances this year. We echo the words of Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who said in the recent general conference, “We finally have the doctrine, the temples, and the technology for families to accomplish this glorious work of salvation.”
More details will be available in next month’s consultant newsletter. For additional information concerning these partner websites, access for members, or answers to questions, please contact FamilySearch Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.