5 Minute Family History Series: Create a FamilySearch Login

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With over 1 million registered users, one of the most popular family history websites is FamilySearch.org. Access billions of searchable names, and research millions of new records added monthly, simply by creating a free registered account. The site offers a unique concept of collaborating on a single, world family tree. In addition, the site supports free storage for stories, documents, and pictures. Two supported FamilySearch mobile apps (Tree and Memories) for iOS and Android keep you constantly connected to your family history research, and are also free. Although operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, church membership is not required for site access and use.

To create a login, follow these steps:

1) Go to FamilySearch.org, and click Free Account in the upper right corner of the page:

2) Complete the required fields in Account Information including First Name, Last Name, User Name, and Password. Make note of the User Name; this is what you will use each time you login. When done, click Continue:


3) Next under Recovery Options (used if you forget your password), enter only one option: email or mobile phone, and then click Continue:

4) Finally, complete Personal Information including a Contact Name. Note the Contact Name is what other site users will see and it may differ from your User Name you created for login. Consider avoiding potentially embarrassing names like ihearthughjackman (unless you really do heart Hugh Jackman, of course, and honestly, who can blame you). Finish by completing the selections for gender, country, birth date, and LDS church membership Y/N (membership is not required for access). Ensure you are not a robot, agree to terms, and then click Create an Account:

That’s it! Congratulations, you’ve just registered for access to one of the foremost genealogy sites in the world!

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