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Because of you, more fragile records and oral histories are being preserved.

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FamilySearch is a non-profit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations.

Finding and Sharing Your Family Story

FamilySearch believes that families bring joy and meaning to life. Your donations help support FamilySearch’s vision of creating family bonds, linking the present to the past, and building bridges to the future.

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Vision

Learning about ancestors helps us better understand who we are. FamilySearch’s vision is carried out by dedicated employees and volunteers who work tirelessly to preserve and share the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. FamilySearch strives to create and link the best and most valuable research resources to help people discover who they are by exploring where they came from.

For over 100 years, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide. They offer many services for free to the world, including image capture, digital conversion, preservation, online indexing, and online access to records and documents. Help with the effort either by volunteering time or making a donation online.

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Your Gift Makes a Difference

Only 15% of records are preserved

Only 15 percent of the world's top genealogical records are digitized and preserved.

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At the current rate, it will take 124 years to capture the top-tier records.

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Every dollar saves thirty records, and every ten cents saves three records.

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Stories & Videos

Paula Madison family

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No Longer Lost

After learning about FamilySearch, Paula Madison very quickly found her grandfather and his Chinese wife and children. After digging deeper and travelling to China, Paula no longer felt lost and was relieved that her mother was now claimed.

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Oral Histories Project Saving Families

FamilySearch is collecting and preserving oral histories and oral genealogies in Africa. With the younger generation leaving African villages for larger cities, some family histories may not be passed to future generations unless we preserve them now.

African records

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Church Preserves Precious Records of African Nation

Paper records dating back to the early 1800s are disintegrating at an alarming rate due to poor storage conditions, heat and humidity and frequent handling.

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Racing Against Time

Only 13 percent of the world’s top genealogical records are digitized and preserved, leaving the rest at risk of destruction or loss. At current rates it will take 124 years to capture the top-tier records. Governments are asking FamilySearch for help in preserving their records at three times the rate FamilySearch and its crews can capture.

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Healing Families

Mandy Phillips accepts Elder Andersen's temple challenge and is reunited with her grandparents she hasn't seen in 20 years.

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What Can You Do With a Dime?

FamilySearch is strengthening its efforts to capture records. For just 10 cents you can save 10 records — that’s 100 records for every dollar you give. The ancestor you save may turn out to be your long lost cousin twice removed.