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FamilySearch Adds 2 Billionth Image of Genealogy Records

In your quest to discover your family history it might be time to take another look at FamilySearch’s online offerings. The genealogy giant’s free online databases of digitized historical documents have now surpassed 2 billion images of genealogy records with millions more being added weekly from countries around the world. Nonprofit FamilySearch, a global leader in historical genealogy records preservation and access, announced the milestone today.

Last September FamilySearch transitioned from its microfilm circulation services to a new digital model that makes its massive genealogical records collections more broadly and readily accessible online (See UPDATE: FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm). Today’s announcement reinforces its continuing commitment to grow online genealogy resources. FamilySearch currently adds over 300 million new images a year online from its microfilm to digital and field operations efforts. 

The free genealogy records include censuses, birth, marriage, death, court, immigration and other document types that are invaluable for individuals to make personal family history discoveries and connections. A host of online volunteers (See FamilySearch Indexing), partners, and emerging technologies help to eventually create searchable name indexes to the images, but in the meantime, images (digital photos) can be browsed and saved.

The digital image only collections can be viewed at FamilySearch in three points of access:

  • The catalog includes a description of all microfilms and digital images in FamilySearch images. New images from field operations or digitized microfilms are added daily.
  • Historical records include collections that have searchable name databases or some waypoints to help in browsing unindexed images.
  • Books include digital copies of local histories and published genealogies from the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City and other affiliate libraries. This includes many books that were previously preserved on microfilm.

FamilySearch traces its preservation work to 1938 when its forerunner, the Genealogical Society of Utah, began microfilming historical genealogy documents. Eighty years later, the preservation science has changed from microfilming to digital preservation which creates convenient access to anyone with an internet connection. Today, FamilySearch has over 300 mobile digitization teams with specialized cameras, filming genealogy documents on location from archives worldwide. It also partners with libraries and societies to digitize their historical books and other relevant publications.

FamilySearch has billions more indexed records that are searchable by name online, and robust, free collaborative Family Tree and Memories features and mobile apps. To explore its records and images and these services, simply create a free account and start searching.

See also FamilySearch’s Strategy to Help Preserve the World's Archives

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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joyce mccormack
18
September
2018
i am looking for my gr/gr/gr grandfather thomas morris born 1811/2 in staffordshire england for a number of years, his wife was called mary but i need her maiden name, so i can get further on . i need there marriage certificate they had 4 children samuel c1838 thomas 1842/3 hannah c1845 and emma 1850 i sent for the birth certificate for emma,s birth and it came back as her mother was mary askins but in the records thomas is put down as being married to mary worton , i am 84 now and wont carry on for much longer so i would like to see it finished
Lou Hoffner
04
September
2018
I am very old and can be easily confused. I have been using FamilySearch, Ancestry, and Family Tree Maker for many years but never truly understood how these programs/data bases were related and how they differed. Do they have overlapping information? Are they all associated with the LDS church? A simple answer please for a simple-minded person. Thanx, Lou
Sandra Broussard
02
September
2018
I have been trying to find my Great Grandfather Sergio Llorente in the Philippines. He was married to Victoria Maravilla an my Grandfater's name is Florencio Llorente born Oct. 1906 in the Philippines and died inSan Francisco, Ca
Mary Wilson
07
August
2018
I am looking for any information following ancestor please; Joseph THIGPEN and family.
Carman Colwell
31
July
2018
All I can say is WOW. Never in a million years did I ever think this possible.
Richard M. Heinke
30
July
2018
Dear Family Search,
Records recorded by my ancestors indicate that Frederick William Heinke (AKA, William) with wife, Caroline Teske Heinke with their children John, August, Frederick, Ferdinand and Augusta entered the United States between October of 1866 and October of 1867. I have looked at many immigration records and for the life in me, have not been able to discover their arrival in this country. They initially settled in Compton, Illinois while later migrating to the Nebraska City area in Nebraska in 1873 buying a farm from a civil war recipient and prospering greatly. Can you help me find the record of their immigration, please? I have an alien registration certificate of my Great Grandfather, August duly issued by the court. Please advise by return.

Sincerely,
Richard (Dick) Heinke
Ann (Pace) Musso
29
July
2018
Hi, I also have hit a brick wall with my paternal grandfather and-paternal grandmother. My grandfather’s name was Mariano Pace. He was born in Gibbelina, Trapani,Sicily on Feb.22, 1892. After an earthquake decimated his village, he moved to Salaparuta. He arrived in NY from Palermo on April 15, 1909 on the ship Laura, and returned twice more with relatives who were fleeing the Black Hand (mafia). At age25 he lived in Brooklyn, NY. His Naturalization papers are dated Nov.24, 1928, with his five sons. My grandfather had twelve siblings, one of which may have been killed by the Black Hand, and that may have been his mother’s fate as well, when she tried to avenge his brother’s death. His Mother”s name is Catherine D’Aloisio (Jan. 18, 1860~1922.) His father’s name is Salvatore Pace (1868-1937), but I have no information on either of them.
My paternal Grandmother’s name was Anna Conti (Oct.31,1885-Mar.2, 1977). Born in Biancavilla, Catania, Sicily. She arrived on Oct 18, 1905 on the SS Algeria at age 20 with Giovanna Neri, (born 1857) who is listed as mother, but who we believe is really a cousin. Her father is thought to be named Giovanni or possibly Placido Conti, but we cannot find confirmed information on either of her parents, which is why I am at an absolute standstill. Her naturalization papers are dated Feb 21, 1941, from Mineola, NY.
We have a marriage certificate from the church of St. Rocco in Brooklyn, NY dated Oct.5, 1919, but we think that my be a newer “requested” document because all five of her boys were born before 1919. Please help. Mari(an)o and Anna were my special grandparents, and now that my entire family is gone, I have no one to ask about all the questions I SHOULD have asked when they were alive. Thank you so much for ANY information you can give me about either my grandparents or my great grandparents.
Sincerely, Ann (Pace) Musso
Marvin Silverman
29
July
2018
For the past 20 years I have been looking for my Paternal family immigration to the USA with no results. Boris Serebrenik, wife Mary Gronovsky, and Son Morris(9 months old) immigrated in 1881 from Russia probably Odessa. Probable route Russia, England, USA. Settled in Pit Salem, New Jersey. Any help would be appreciated.
Carol Wilson
29
July
2018
Hello, I have hit a brick wall in regards to my great grandfather's birth and therefore cannot find out who his parents were. Everything indicates he was born in Quebec, but I cannot find anything. John Martin, ( possibly born May 1832 brother Frederick Martin (possibly born Jan 1834). The father's name might have been Henry/Henri. From doing DNA, I believe they may have been Acadian and moved to Quebec from one of the Maritime provinces possibly before, during the expulsion of the Acadians. I have a lot of ancestors in Massacheuttes as well, and from what I see, many Acadian were exiled there as well. Where can I find extensive data on the Acadians?? Thank you Carol
Don Little
29
July
2018
researching the name Dexter Dennis (or Dennis Dexter) Little. From NC, Goldsboro (I believe) and Winston Salem. Married Ollie Mae Teal. Any info would help.
Andrea
25
June
2018
Will there be more African American records added to assist those of us searching for enslaved and freed enslaved family members.?
kay muckelroy
25
June
2018
I am trying to go back as far as I can to see where my ancestry is from Ireland or Scotland.
piedad801@gmail.com
24
June
2018
I to know if you can help me with that genealogy I don't know much which computer thank you
deborah barker
24
June
2018
trying to find when my 2xgreatgrandfather immigrated to canada john arthur barker and his wife mary atkinson i know it was after 1823 they came from yorkshire england and settle york co ontario canada
Muriel Giffin
24
June
2018
Researching a relative named George Albert Giffin born in Mountmellick co. Laois Ireland in 26th Dec 1882. He joined the British Army in 1901 and served with the Notts and Derbyshire regt. (Sherwood Forresters). He was posted to India and served there until 1915 when his regt. returned to fight in France. He was posted to Sunderland as a training Sergeant. I want to find out where he lived and where he died and is buried. He was attached to a lady surnamed Ruddick in Whitburn Co. Durham.
Robert Hirose
24
June
2018
I would like information about my Hirose family in and around Kofu, Yamanashi prefecture , Japan. More specifically I would like to know the location of their family grave sites in what cemetery. My grandfather, Kishitaro Hirose was born in 1879 and died here in Los Angeles, California. His father’s first name was Iwahei Hirose and was born and died in Japan.The ancestral villege was Matsuzato Mura which was changed in 1954 to Enzan Cho. I would appreciate any information you can find.
Thank you,

Robert Hirose
joan campbell
10
June
2018
Searching for Family name ROBERTSON. Our ancestor, elisabeth robertson was born Kenmore, perthshire scotland about 1824. I don't know her parents first names, & what elisabeths' mothers' previous surname was? Did elisabeth have any siblings..? Elisabeth m. john campbell at Dull, perthshire 1st dec 1849. John campbell was b.kingshouse, argyllshire 1823? his parents names were donald & jane Campbell ( nee brown)Did john campbell have any siblings? my husbands name is ewen robertson campbell, his late g/father was also ewen robertson campbell (b.1856 Scotland) Campbell family sailed to australia on the 'çompeer'1863, arriving 1864 thankyou..joan campbell
Leslie Cunningham
03
June
2018
I am trying to find my maternal family information. I know my great grandmother and grandfather were born in the 1850s and were enslaved until they were both between 7 and 11 years old. My great grandfather was Warren Johnson and was born about 1852 in Roswell GA or in Aikesn SC. My great grandmother's name was Caroline Strickland Johnson and was born about 1856 in Roswell, GA. She had three sisters, exact names unknown. My great grandfather and grandmother had 11 children. My grandmother, Eva Mae Johnson was born in 1901 in Roswell, GA. She was the youngest of the Johnson children. My great grandfather was a farmer and owned his own farm. He may have gotten forty acres and a mule to get his farm. He had a school named after him and another gentlemen called Bailey-Johnson elementary school in fulton county, Roswell GA later called Alpharetta Elementary School. I have found some census reports from late 1900s and late 1800s. I would like to know where my great grandparents were originally from and enslaved. My grandmother. I have put some information on ancestry.com. I would like to find more about my grandmother's sibblings who died young in the 1900s due to plagues or illnesses. My grandma was born 07/15/01 and died 01/01/00. I would like to also know about my grandfather's family. His name was James Whitt. He was born in Clemson, SC to Sue Ellen Reese Whitt and Steven Whitt. Grandfather's father was a baker on Clemson University in the 1900s and he died when my grandpa was 8 years old. James Whitt was born in October 1903 in Clemson, SC and had one sister, Nannie Lee Whitt. He was raised in Atlanta, GA by his grandmother who owned her home. Last name of Reese. Found one or two census from the 1920s or 30s for his side of the family. I know nothing else about his parents and whether they were ever enslaved. Is it possible you could find information? I can be reached at leslpslmst@aol.com. Thank you!
Liuzzi
27
May
2018
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Henry Washington
22
May
2018
Good afternoon, I would like to know more about my Great Grand Father Charlie Washington and my Great Grand Mother Annie Washington. I have some information about him and her but I have reached a brick wall and cannot find his or her parents or their origins. There are inconsistencies about his birth date and place. Some document place his birth place in West Virginia and her birth place in South Carolina. She did live in Jacksonville, Florida from Putnam County Satsuma, Florida and she died in Jacksonville in 1929. I am not sure of his death date or place. I was born and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. If anyone has any information on my Great Grand Mother and Father please contact me via email @ hindut58@gmail.com. Thank you.