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FamilySearch Free Sign-in Offers Greater Subscriber Experiences and Benefits

Beginning December 13, 2017, patrons visiting FamilySearch.org will see a prompt to register for a free FamilySearch account or sign in to their existing account to continue enjoying all the free expanded benefits FamilySearch has to offer.  Since its launch in 1999, FamilySearch has added millions of users, billions of various historical records, and many fun, new features like Family Tree, Memories, mobile apps, digital books, and dynamic help.  In order to accommodate continued growth of these and future free services, FamilySearch must assure all its partners that its content is offered in a safe and secure online environment. Patrons creating a free account and signing in fulfills that need.   

Patron sign in will also enable FamilySearch to satisfy the ongoing need for user authentication. This authentication can deliver rich, personalized discovery, collaboration, and help experiences. Simply put, signed-in visitors can access more searchable content and enjoy more personalized services.  

“A large percentage of our current site visitors are not benefiting from much of what FamilySearch has to offer because they don’t realize the need to simply sign in with their free account to do so,” said Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch CEO. “They are basically arriving in the parking lot but not coming inside for the main event,” he said about website visitors who do not sign in. 

FamilySearch is committed to patron privacy and does not share personal account information with any third party without a patron’s consent.  

See Registering to use FamilySearch.org for information about creating a free account.  

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1. Do I have to pay for a FamilySearch account?  

No. Your FamilySearch account is, and always will be, free.  

2. How do I create a free FamilySearch account?  

See Registering to use FamilySearch.org. The only information you will need is your first and last name, a username, a password, and an email or mobile phone number.  

3. What if I have forgotten my username or password?  

4. Will you sell my information?  

FamilySearch does not share your personal account information with any third party without your consent.  

5. How will my experience be enhanced?  

FamilySearch offers many services and experiences that are free but that require you to sign in as a subscriber to fully use. In addition to historical records and Family Tree access, signed-in subscribers receive personalized experiences, notifications, and other features (see above).  

6. Why do users need to log in to perform searches or to create a family tree?  

FamilySearch wants to provide you more access to records and a rich, personalized experience with more successful discoveries. By signing in, you allow the FamilySearch system to customize and deliver its best services to you.  

7. How will my contact information be used?  

  • Your information is used in the FamilySearch system to facilitate collaboration between users (you control how much information is shared).  

  • The Family Tree and Memories features display your username and any other contact information you approve when using select features.  

  • Your information allows you to send in-system messages to other users without revealing your personal identity or email address.  

  • FamilySearch will send you email and newsletters to keep you informed. You can specify how much email, if any, you receive.  

  • Your contact information is accessed when you contact the support group for help.  

8. Is there anything I can do without signing in?  

Absolutely. There are still a number of things you can do on FamilySearch without signing in. You can search the catalog, digitized books, genealogies, the Wiki, and the learning center. You can also view user-contributed photos and stories.  

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.

Comments 1 - 20 (31)
Thank you for your message.
leggettjuneevelyn
10
October
2018
Need to search now
dolores sauble
29
August
2018
can not log on to family search
Jane Van Coney
05
August
2018
I have enough passwords to remember already, thank you. I will continue to use other programs that don't violate my privacy by requiring me to "register."
Graham Lester Williams
29
June
2018
Good morning from sunny Cornwall, England.
I am 85 years old and make a huge number of mistakes on the internet, so please bear with me. Just checking that I have the correct personal details with you.
Can you confirm please or otherwise.
Thank you. graham Williams
Pam Tipton1
17
June
2018
I agree with Hilary Norris very frustrating
Hilary Norris
16
April
2018
Although I sign in, I still cannot access 'Image/Images Available' as I am accustomed to do. This is really frustrating and is wasting my time. Please tell me what I'm doing wrong. I've never had any problem in the past.
William Edward Armstrong
15
April
2018
search for Armstrong in Alabama
William Edward Arostrong
15
April
2018
search for the Armstrong family in the USA
william e. armstrong
15
April
2018
search for the Armstrong in USA
Bette Tambling
22
February
2018
Want access to tree/pedigree/portrait/L5NX-5X4
john bluvas
27
January
2018
I think I have registered and still I can not find out how to search. I am lost in this Techno world.My generation is the Depression Generation, Simple and straight. Is there any help for me?Too many web sites for me to figure out.
H. Joseph Seward
27
December
2017
I am having trouble signing in. I am using the correct username and password. I have rechecked my username several times and changed my password many times as well. still I am asked for the correct version of both. What can I do to access my account?
atlantic
11
February
2018
login recycles over and over...
Aliza M Lee
09
December
2017
I always sign in/Log in and I am able to search indexed records but now I can't browse records? Is that correct? I keep getting this message.
To view these images you must do one of the following:
Sign in to Familysearch.org as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Access the site at a family history center.
Jeannette Miles
04
December
2017
Used site for many years. Thank you.
Sue
25
November
2017
I am a librarian. I contacted FamilySearch about becoming an Affiliate Library. The case was opened, however, despite the fact that I have sent two further emails, no one has responded.
Sandie
25
November
2017
I have been a registered member for many years. One of the features I use most often is viewing the images of census records. Well, I am no longer able to view the image of the census page itself, instead when I click on 'view image', What appears is an image page FILLED with x amount if census pages!!!! For example, if the page for the family I wish to view is page 56 of 65, an image appears with ALL those pages!!! and if that is not useless enough, I am unable to select the page I actually need to view !!! I first had this happen in Sep and it continues, Please fix this Family Search !!!
Dieter Fritzsch
21
November
2017
I am teaching familysearch since 1999 at shools for adults (Volkshohschule)
in Germany an had allways good experiences.
Renate Johnston
21
November
2017
I have a user and password already, but can not signn in through this website
Terry Cooper
19
November
2017
Although Family Search has many wonderful things to offer, it has a huge flaw. Anyone at any time can alter your family tree. I lost huge portions of mine. Horrible!
Else Marit skjølås
19
November
2017
Searching for Great grandmother Maria johannesdatter Skjølås parents