There are many online resources for genealogical research, one of the greatest is FamilySearch.org. While Ancestry.com and others provide incredible services—they charge a substantial annual fee. Family Search however provide their services for FREE. FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Their records come from the Family History Center located in Salt Lake City, Utah. This center is five floors of microfilm, mircofische and books from all over the world! According to their website, FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. FamilySearch believes that families bring joy and meaning to life.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the primary benefactor for FamilySearch services. Their commitment to helping people connect with their ancestors stems from their firm beliefs—that the family is the fundamental unit in society and families are central to our lives and happiness in this life, they also believe that family relationships are intended to continue beyond this life and into the next.
FamilySearch was historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, founded in 1894—over the past 120 years this society has grown in records as well as their dedication to preserving and promoting those records. Their purpose is simple, but generous—help people to connect with their ancestors. That is why they provide easy online access freely to the public.
In further posts I will explain some of the specific services and hints for using familysearch. For now go online to search the millions of records that are available to be online right now. Brush up on your German, Spanish or whatever it may be—they have international records too. Visit Familysearch.org to get started.