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FamilySearch Adds 2 Billionth Image of Genealogy Records

FamilySearch reaches publishing milestone of 2 billion images of searchable genealogy records online.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 The genealogy giant’s free online databases of digitized historical documents have now surpassed 2 billion images of genealogy records with millions more being added weekly from countries around the world.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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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.
connie williams
08
May
2018
Congratulations to the many volunteers who made this possible!! It's an enormous project and one that many, many people will use for many years to come. I have been doing genealogy for a very long time, and it was so very time consuming when we had to do it all on microfilm, waiting several weeks to get the films in to the local libraries/family history centers. How wonderful and so much more convenient to be able to do this research online! Thank you!
Gilbert Apodaca
04
May
2018
I had been using records at my local Mormon Church library till the transition from film to digital film started. I want to learn and use more efficiently the New Family Search.org website. Thanks for your help.
Latrina Day
04
May
2018
I am 55 years old and searching for my biological father and or family members. Not sure if there are any siblings. My fathers name William Luther Day. He was 21 when I was born, which would make him around 76 today. May or may not be deceased. I have no other names to go on. He was in the military stationed at Fort Sill Oklahoma. I don't know any of his information or if he has siblings or any family or where he was born. I was born 1962 in Lawton Oklahoma. I am in the process of obtaining a copy of my birth certificate. When I was in the military I saw on my birth certificate that he did have a birthdate and social. It was misplaced when I married and was living in Mannheim Germany. If you could possibly help it would be appreciated
Merlynn Marion
04
May
2018
Hello. I am trying to find my great grandfather's grandfather James D Crosson. His wife was Winifred McGarrity. I am looking for information of their arrival in New Brunswick around 1838 or so from Ireland. Can't find the Canada and Irish information. Would appreciate any help at all. Thank you. Merlynn Marion Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Nancy Sicotte
03
May
2018
I have been trying to find where in England my gr gr grandfather Frederick W. Dean was born and who his parents were. He was born in 1799/1800, according to various records here in the U.S. He came to the United States around 1820. I have two passenger lists. He left from London and came into New York. Made at least one trip back to England, as I have a second passenger list returning to the U.S. a couple of years later. His occupation was listed as 'butcher'. He went directly to Detroit MI. Shortly thereafter he married a widow with three chldren: Barbara Roon Troy. In the late 1830s, the family moved to somewhere in Ontario Canada. In 1848 they returned to the U.S., to Lewiston, Niagara County, NY. Frederick Dean Sr. died there 1880. He owned a grocery store, livery stable, and according to family lore, was connected to some sort of race track.
With no mention of his origins in England (the census just says England), it's hard to know where to begin. Given names used for his children born in the U.S: Emma, Frederick Jr. (died young), Ann, Edmund, William Henry, and Lucy May. Born between 1828 and 1840.
Roberta Foster
02
May
2018
I would like to find information about my great great grandfather, George Major Hanson. He was a mercantile owner in either Illinois or Kentucky in 1849. In 1850 he packed up his family (my great grandmother, Lillian Hanson, was one of his 9 children) and merchandise in 5 covered wagons and joined a wagon train to the gold fields of California. He felt the gold miners would need merchandise. At the age of 79 his son (George Major Hanson) dictated the story of his wagon train trip to his granddaughter. The information I had telling this story was destroyed by water. Any information you have will be greatly appreciated.
janice gill
02
May
2018
I would like to learn from about my great grandfather last name is casey and lived in ar his wife was named mary hamilton
Pugh
01
May
2018
I am doing afamily tree on the Pugh FAMILY.
Don McKnight
01
May
2018
Where are your Pughs from and what times are we talking about? I have some from the 1800s in New Brunswick, Canada
Dale W. Key
30
April
2018
I have over 65 years of family history research on my family, almost all of it was and is from records maintained by, The LDS church. Sixty five years ago research choices were few and very time consuming, the Family History Centers were the best if not only place to family records. I would absolutely be lost without this wonderful resource.

Thank to everyone, past and currently for all the hard work it has taken to keep this resource alive and growing,

Dale W. Key
Non church member
Ann Sullivan
30
April
2018
Thanks to all who have contributed to this huge effort to make so much information available to me and to so many other people around the world!
Glenda Johmso
29
April
2018
Waiting on ancestry
Levi Luddington
28
April
2018
He was in Woodstock Canada before family came to Indiana, USA
Ann
28
April
2018
I have found many ancestors through FamilySearch and am very grateful for the efforts of the people who have made that possible. Only genealogy "junkies" can understand the elation of connecting to the sometimes illusive link that allows us to dig deeper into our heritage. It's the dedication of other like-minded individuals like those at FamilySearch that makes that possible for so many.
Virginia Lee Bennett
27
April
2018
Thank you to all the volunteers.
Peggy Burke
27
April
2018
I am not familiar with Family Search, please send information
Julia Woodley
26
April
2018
Are you planning or in the process of re-negotiating contracts so more can be viewed at home for free. I only live an hour from a Family History Centre but I worry for those who live far further away.
Stephanie
25
April
2018
I have always found Family Search to be one of my go to places for genealogy. It was the first place I used when I started many years ago and it still remains at the top of my list. I have of late joined Ancestry, but I still hold your site as my favourite for several reasons. I believe that all genealogy research should be free to encourage us to know our history as it was documented. I have a family website Talespin.weebly.com on the internet which I share freely with others and encourage users to feel free to set me straight should they see an error. One of the most important parts of genealogy is documenting and citing reliable sources. Your site has allowed me to do so. I have reached a point where I am faced with a brick wall and continue to prod and dig. The more documents made available to me means the more of a chance I have to dig deeper into the past. Kudos to all of you who have made this website and research tool available to anyone and everyone who has the interest to research.
Skapti þóroddsson
25
April
2018
Thank you
Emmie Dique
24
April
2018
I enjoy to use FamilySearch to research my family.