FamilySearch and The Generations Network Inc., parent company of Ancestry.com, announced Thursday an agreement that provides free access of Ancestry.com to patrons of the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City and the 13 largest regional family history centers effective immediately.
With the new agreement, full access will be provided to more than 24,000 Ancestry databases and titles and 5 billion names in family history records.
In addition to the Family History Library, the following 13 regional family history centers have been licensed to receive access to Ancestry.com: Mesa, Ariz.; Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange, Sacramento and San Diego, Calif.; Idaho Falls and Pocatello in Idaho; Las Vegas, Nev.; Logan, Ogden, St. George; and Hyde Park, London, England.
"We're excited for our patrons to receive online access to an expanded collection of family history records on Ancestry.com," said Don Anderson, director of FamilySearch Support.
Ancestry.com's indexes and digital images of census, immigration, vital, military and other records, combined with the excellent resources of FamilySearch, will increase the likelihood of success for patrons researching their family history."
The Generations Network and FamilySearch hope to expand access to other family history centers in the future.
FamilySearch patrons at the designated facilities will have access to Ancestry.com's completely indexed U.S. Federal collection, 1790-1930, and more than 100 million names in passenger lists from 1820-1960, among other U.S. and international record collections.
Free access is also available at the Brigham Young University Provo, Idaho, and Hawaii campuses, and to LDS Business College patrons through a separate agreement with The Generations Network.