FamilySearch.org is always free to the public. This non-profit Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints web site offers to millions of people around the globe the use FamilySearch records, resources and services to learn more about their family history. For decades it has been made possible due to the volunteers who transcribe and index the information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online.
The site continues to upgrade, add new collections and make improvements in the web site. For those who have not used FamilySearch.org in a few months, with the new upgrading, a new user name and password will be needed to be created.
What they have to offer include some 2.5 billion free searchable online records. Yes, that is billions of records. With the new upgrading of searchable methods, they have also added 2.8 million new and free records. Beside new items relating to places in the United States, there are new items about ancestors in Canada, England, Hungary, Italy and Russia. Besides finding information online at FamilySearch.org there are 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, plus the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Just some of the recent additions include:
1842 census of Lower Canada with 7,674 digital images and 46,000 indexed
1810-1899 – late registration of births in New Brunswick, Canada with some 24,000 images
Indexed the parish birth registrations from 1538 to 1910 in Dorset Co., England
Nearly one million index listings of the christenings for the Hungary Reformed Church from 1624 to 1895
Indexed the civil registration in Torino, Italy some 48,155 are searchable
Images of the Russian confession list from 1728 to 1913
Estate files for North Carolina from 1663-1964
Pension files for soldiers making application between 1892 and 1926, who fought in the American Indian Wars
Widows indexed from American pension applications who remarried between 1887 and 1942
Some 71,648 World War II draft registration cards for 1942 (note–my grandfather completed such a card, it was there and he was age 52 at the time)
South Dakota School record images covering 1884 to 1938
New York Probate Records for 1629 to 1971
Pittsburgh, PA death indexes for 1870 to 1905
Marriage registers and certificates from many (but not all) Michigan county records from 1820 to 1935
Arkansas marriage records, some 1.8 million covering 1837 to 1957
To see other new additions based on location, scroll down the main page to ‘all record collections’, click to call it up and then place the name of a location such as Virginia. This section has 21 different types of records in the Virginia collection of which 12 have been added or updated in the last year.
So if you have not looked over FamilySearch.org in a while or never at all, now is the time.