Access to genealogy websites for LDS Church members may come sooner than expected

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  • lpshift las vegas, NV
    April 3, 2014 7:46 a.m.

    I am certainly glad this service will be free. Several years ago I had joined an submitted all my genealogy for my family to retrieve the info. When they tried to access the info they were told they had to pay a subscription to view it. I think it was $80. I was so annoyed that I did all the research and now ancestry had kept all the info and charged my family! They claimed they could not remove the info because they populated my info into their system. Needless to say, I took the case to my attorney who got them to undo what was done. In the meantime, I got my own domain and passed on the genealogy that way. Also, the terms now reflect that what you submit becomes their property.

  • UtahMaus Orem, UT
    April 2, 2014 6:04 p.m.

    Speaking as the daughter of a retired professional genealogist, I shake my head in amazement when I hear LDS people who are annoyed that professional genealogists charge money.

    When the toilet in the church backs up, the plumber who comes to fix it gets paid. The construction workers building the temples get paid. Likewise, if you want the expertise of a professional genealogist, you pay him or her. It's not his or her "calling" to find your ancestors, it's yours. You, the person responsible for the ancestors, can choose to invest your time, or you can choose to invest your money as you obey that commandment.

    Strange, I know, but we, the children of a professional genealogist, got hungry, got sick, needed braces, grew out of our clothes, and even wanted to go to college. Our father was frequently interrupted in his efforts to provide those things for us by thoughtless members who thought he should share his expertise for free. And I'm talking about strangers here, as he usually chose to help those in our ward for free.

  • Shushannah Kendal, Cumbria
    April 2, 2014 4:25 p.m.

    May I offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks to Brother Brimhall, for arranging this deal, and to The Lord for softening hearts to make it all possible? Now this work can really move forward. Exciting times, indeed!

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    April 2, 2014 3:42 p.m.

    This is indeed exciting. I used to get frustrated by hitting dead ends, with some website that I can't fully trust, advertising their expertise. Even then, if you do find a reputable service, you need big bucks to save your dead. Our stake president is one of them.

  • Macfarren Dallas, TX
    April 2, 2014 12:40 p.m.

    "Making money off of family history?"

    Yes. Someone or some group of people took the personal risk of investing their resources, expertise and time in forming a company in an area they felt would be monetarily profitable to themselves as a result of market demand.

    That's what business do. They provide services in order to make money. There is nothing evil about that.

    If society continues to buy into the philosophy that business are making 'too much money,' then I would suggest those who feel that way either start their own business to provide the services they are looking for, or relocate to a country that provides everything just for being born there.

    (Or, is that what the current administration is trying to do here?)

  • Victor Mclean, VA
    April 2, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    Family history research is not always free because the LDS church does not own, for example, But you could still go to any LDS family history center and access for free.

    The difference now is you can have your own account for free. Which is actually a pretty big deal if you are researching a lot at home. And especially if you want to share and sync the same tree file and information with other family members. In other words, instead of pulling up someone else's tree and then manually transferring information to yours, you can share a tree and family members with permissions to that tree can update etc.

    If this means free access to international files too then this will be HUGE!

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    April 2, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    Ernest T. Bass,

    The websites about to be made free are for profit companies. I could go to a professional genealogist for help in compiling my family history, but I would expect to pay them. The church makes its website free for obvious reasons. Others want payment for their time and investment. They do not necessarily see it as part of a saving ordinance.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 2, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    Why hasn't it been free? Making money off of family history?

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    April 2, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    This is going to be very, very cool. Research is going to increase exponentially.