How to Create a Free FamilySearch Account

By April Leigh Helm, Matthew L. Helm

FamilySearch is the largest nonprofit genealogical website. It’s sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but you don’t have to be a member of the church to use it. The free resources available on the site include a photo collection area, an online family tree, and a collection of records containing more than 3 billion names.

To make sure that you can use all the functionality of FamilySearch, it’s a good idea to create a free account. To do so, follow these easy steps:

  1. Set your web browser to FamilySearch.

    The FamilySearch home page appears.

  2. In the upper-right corner of the screen, click the Sign In link.

    The Sign In page appears.

  3. Click the Create an Account button in the upper-right corner of the page.

    The registration page appears. Fill out the required data including first name, last name, user name, password, e-mail, contact name, gender, country, birth date, and membership. As you complete each field a green check appears. Also, type in the letters from the CAPTCHA picture and click the check box accepting rights and privacy policies.

  4. Click the Create an Account button.

    FamilySearch sends you an e-mail to the address you specified during registration.

  5. Check your e-mail account and click the Activate Account link in the confirmation e-mail.

    After confirming the e-mail address, the home page for FamilySearch appears.

  6. Click the Sign In link.

    The Sign In page appears, in which you can type your new user name and password in the form.

  7. Click the Sign In button.

    The FamilySearch home page appears — with your name in the upper-right corner.