LDS FamilySearch + = 1 billion new historical records online

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  • jjtotten Washington, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 1:25 p.m.

    Why does everything of value have to be free? Free church dinners, free manuals, free song books.

    Last time I looked none of these are free except to those who do not support the programs some way financially.

    They come from the ward budget which is payed by members of the Church.

    For those who cannot afford the $300 to $400 per year and still want to work on their family history this will be a God send. Of course the Church will probably incur come expense and this again will be financed through our donations.

  • Hi Huntington Beach, CA
    Sept. 8, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    Money only goes so far and there are lots of places at night to get free wi-fi access. You may have lots of extra money, but I don't or I would already be using Family History Centers have limited hours and most of them are during the day when the Majority of people actually work. I don't pay $50 for internet, but I support myself so I have to be careful. Yes has a right to have a business and charge, but that doesn't mean that the church makes sure they stay in business. Yes the pioneers had a price to pay, but that was for traveling. There is a lot of people that sacrifice just to have internet to keep in contact with family. If you have extra you can send it my way any time. I work so I can pay rent.

  • utah cornhusker NORFOLK, NE
    Sept. 6, 2013 8:26 p.m.

    I havent had much luck with My family history. Ancestry said i does in 1960 as Well as My dad and My aunt and cousin. Im still alive and so is my cousin. My aunt just died recently and dad died in 96. Ancestry has My line going back to utah and My line has never lived in utah except for the time i did. I cant even hardly find anything on My husbands sido but that could be because it was bohemia which was conquered so many times and part of czechosavakia. The only thing i know is who his great grandpa is and where he is buried and dates if birth and death

  • Gracie Boise, ID
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    Richie: RootsMagic is a very good substitute for PAF 5.2. It's quite PAF-user friendly. I've loved it since making my own transition when PAF was going away as a viable program. They have a "try it" version for former PAF users too.

  • caf Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    How exciting! The effort being put into this project are truly extraordinary!

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    I don't like the new programs. PAF 5.2 was much better for my purposes.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 6, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    I may not understand exactly why the LDS do this, but I'm sure glad they do. This is an unbelievable resource for historians in any number of fields.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    I sure hope Ancestry is honorable in dealing with these records, in the end they're a business and have to make money.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    Let's be thoughtful about this. None of the records have ever been free, have they? The Church, I'm sure, has paid vast sums to collect and make the "free" records available which, in turn, came from voluntary contributions from church members. Volunteers have spent countless hours indexing and extracting, spending time and effort and fuel to get there and do the work.

    Non-members seem to have been busy too; indexing endlessly local parish records and placing them on the internet for all to use.

    If it wasn't for businesses like "ancestry" I wouldn't have half the information I have. Ancestry pays for the time and effort that goes beyond those donated days, weekends and evenings, and provided work for people in the process.

    I'm sure little of this involves duplication. Many nations are concerned; I don't think this is just the American (although there are, I believe, 140 million American wills to be made available), and not alone British and European records, but records from around the globe.

    It has been a daunting process I dare say, and daunting the work yet to be done. Yet it is also exhilarating and exciting.

  • perfidemintrepidus Riverton, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    This is a magnificent advancement! Hopefully this will continue to inspire more individuals to take advantage of how easy it is to research their own family history and help others as well. Fortunately there is a good camaraderie between the two groups which benefits everyone as they collaborate records and ideas to improve and simplify family history.

  • dmeekhof Moreno Valley, CA
    Sept. 6, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    I think some of the above comments show that some people did not fully read the article. First, the records will be available on Family Search so you do not have to go to the Family History Center or pay Second, Family Search is a nonprofit but the cost to maintain all of the records and internet access requires a funding source to keep it going. The added funds will help all of us get better access to the records. Because of the indexing that has been done by so many members we were able to find more family members and do the work for them.

  • Shushannah Kendal, Cumbria
    Sept. 6, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    The records we have indexed thus far is only the tip of the iceberg! There is so much information that is still untouched, and so many records yet to be discovered, too... I still have hopes that all the 'lost' Irish records will turn up somewhere, one day. This is the Lord's work, and will go forward. There are so many people who's births/ marriages/ deaths were not recorded, for whatever reason... the answers to these brick walls may well lie in those vaults... bring it on, I say! I'll help any way I can

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 7:02 a.m.

    I'm confused. Aren't these records already digitized? I would have thought that this information would have been the first to be made available. After all, the information was already available to the church and has been all along.
    What have we been indexing?
    How much of this information in the vaults is really NEW? Or is it just something to create another round of duplicate ordinances wasting our time?
    How many of these BILLION records are really unique?

  • Saharanne Buffalo, IA
    Sept. 6, 2013 5:32 a.m.

    If you read it says in the article, the new stuff will be available on Ancestry and Family History sites as well. I am excited. I am so stuck in Germany, and we have a huge German area where I live.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:05 a.m.

    Hi and BroJo

    Petty complaints?

    Let's see, I notice both of you made comments after 9:30pm so I'm going out on a limb and just guessing your not at McDonalds or the public library using public free internet at this hour.

    So I'm guessing you're sitting at home just looking for an excuse to complain on your personal computers and high speed internet that you pay $50 or more a month for.

    Pay an additional $30 a month and you can have access to all of Ancestry's holdings and be able to view it when the FHC is closed in Huntington Beach and Ogden from the convenience of your own home with out paying a cent to travel anywhere.



    Ancestry and FamilySearch working together is great news.

    Never has there been a better time for family history endeavors.

  • MormonMedia Reviews FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA
    Sept. 5, 2013 10:45 p.m.

    Luckily in Huntington Beach we have a Family History Center. If we relied on old Family History missionaries it would take years/decades to process all those records. Plus it doesn't actually say they will only be available on ancestry.

  • Thidder MAPLETON, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 10:36 p.m.

    Why does everything of value have to be free? Free church dinners, free manuals, free song books. Come on, do you think our ancestors refused to sail to America because the ship required a paying ticket for passage? Get real, life is full of priorities and choices. I will gladly pay whatever it takes to have access to these new records.

  • BroJoseph Ogden, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    Sadly "profitablility" seeps into the church's ideals. Even if charges at least lunch is free

  • Hi Huntington Beach, CA
    Sept. 5, 2013 9:29 p.m.

    Of course only those that can afford will have access to the records unless you can get to a Family History Center. It is interesting that the church is allowing to charge to view these records. Some people can't afford to pay the fees that they charge.