FamilySearch Recommends You Sign-In



FamilySearch is a non-profit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. It is a free service that is provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch recommends that you sign-in when you use it.

Have you used FamilySearch without taking the time to sign-in? It’s not unheard of. It appears that a large enough number of people are doing that – and FamilySearch has taken notice. As a result, they are making a change that will require users to sign-in if they want to continue to use the service.

FamilySearch explains it this way:

“Beginning December 13, 2017, patrons visiting FamilySearch.org will see a prompt to register for a free FamilySearch account or to sign in to their existing account to continue enjoying all the free extended benefits FamilySearch has to offer. Since its launch in 1999, FamilySearch has added millions of users, billions of various historical records, and many fun, new features like Family Tree, Memories, mobile apps, digital books, and dynamic help. In order to accommodate continued growth of these and future free services, FamilySearch must assure all its partners that its content is offered in a safe and secure online environment. Patrons creating a free account and signing in fulfills that need.”

FamilySearch points out that people who were using the service, but not signing in, were not benefiting from much of what FamilySearch has to offer. FamilySearch CEO, Steve Rockwood, said “They are basically arriving in the parking lot but not coming inside for the main event.”

Patron sign-in will enable FamilySearch to satisfy the ongoing need for user authentication. That authentication can deliver rich, personalized discovery, collaboration, and help experiences. In short, if you take the time to obtain your own FamilySearch account, you will be able to sign-in and access more searchable content and enjoy more personalized services.

You can register to use FamilySearch.org for free. Users must be at least 13 years old to create an account.

Each user of FamilySearch should have his or her own account. FamilySearch does not want people to register an account for another person. After you have created an account, you will be able to sign-in and choose your settings and preferences.

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