FamilySearch is the family history site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It offers free access to the world’s largest family history collection (4+ billion searchable names and 2+ billion digitised records). The records, resources and services available include worldwide records that have been gathered, preserved and shared on microform or online; library catalog; FamilySearch Digital Library with digitised books and journals (440,000+); online research courses and how-to video tutorials; research wiki with 93,873+ articles; user submitted genealogies, family history centres in 80+ countries. Other services include Family Tree – See what others have put online or create a tree; submit photos and stories; create a family booklet or portrait pedigree.
There is access to 2865+ Historical Record Collections arranged by region. These can include indexes and original images of birth, death and marriage records; census; probate and court; military; migration and naturalisation records and more. New material is being added all the time. Access to the original record is mostly free but fees do apply for some collections. The regions cover:
• Africa (42)
• Asia and Middle East (58)
• Australia and New Zealand (44)
• Canada (103)
• Caribbean and Central America (77)
• Continental Europe (625)
• Mexico (66)
• Other (8)
• Pacific Islands (20)
• South America (130)
• United Kingdom and Ireland (174)
• United States (1518)
Currently the 625 collections for Continental Europe cover: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Moldovia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.
TIP: You can use the world map and click on a location, for example Africa, and you will be taken to the Africa research page. You can then choose a country, such as South Africa, and search all South Africa indexed historical records plus there are links to the Learning Center courses for South Africa, FamilySearch Catalog for South Africa and FamilySearch Wiki for South Africa.
Note: You need to log in with a free FamilySearch Account to use FamilySearch.