FamilySearch is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, FamilySearch was founded in 1894, is dedicated to preserving the records of the family of mankind, and is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Its purpose is simple-help people connect with their ancestors through easy access to historical records, by offering free access to its resources and service online at

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society  promotes genealogical skill development, establishes high standards of genealogical research, and develops strategies to increase the awareness of and interest in family history.

Located in Arlington, Virginia, the National Genealogical Society’s mission is to serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.