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FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization and website offering genealogical records, education, and software. It is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church also known as the Mormon Church), and is closely connected with the church's Family History Department.[3][4] The Family History Department was originally established in 1894 as the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU); it is the largest genealogy organization in the world.[5]

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FamilySearch International
PredecessorGenealogical Society of Utah
FormationNovember 13, 1894 (1894-11-13)
Founded atSalt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
TypeNonprofit organization[1]
Area served
  • Record digitization and preservation
  • digital record access
  • genealogical collaboration tools
  • genealogical training
President and CEO
Steve Rockwood[2]
Parent organization
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

FamilySearch maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. Facilitating the performance of LDS ordinances for deceased relatives is another major aim of the organization. Although it requires user account registration, it offers free access to its resources and service online at In addition, FamilySearch offers personal assistance at more than 5,100 family history centers in 140 countries, including the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.[6] The Family Tree section allows user-generated content to be contributed to the genealogical database. As of February 2021, there are over 1.3 billion individuals in the tree and the historical records database contains over 5.7 billion digital images, including digitized books, digitized microfilm, and other digital records.[7][8]