Mormons offer family records online

Long-known for its genealogy records, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today officially launched a Web site featuring a genealogy database of more than 400 million names.

The Mormon Church's FamilySearch site debuted today after a month and a half of testing. The site provides free access to the church's genealogy database, making it one of the largest family history research sites on the Internet. Ancestry.com, for example, lists some 240 million names; it also charges fees to access its database.

At FamilySearch, you can narrow your search by entering the name of a relative as well as the names of his or her parents. The site searches through the Mormon Church's online database as well as thousands of other genealogical Web sites. The results are listed together for easy review. The external sites are prequalified by the church for their quality and content.

"This is the first time we've put our family history data online," Otterson says. Previously, the church's genealogy resources were available on CD-ROM or from any of its 3600 Family History Centres located around the world.

The database is not confined to members of the Mormon Church, Otterson notes.

"We've been forerunners of family history research for a century or more and have always believed in making our records available to the public as well as to church members," Otterson says.

The FamilySearch site is financed by the church. While access to its resources is free now, the church has not decided how long that will be the case, according to Otterson.

The site has already received more than 250,000 hits during its testing phase, putting it on track to be one of the Web's most popular sites, Otterson adds.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Martin

PC World
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?