FamilySearch 2019 Year in Review

December 31, 2019  - by 
familysearch year in review highlights

FamilySearch International is dedicated to connecting families across generations by providing more searchable records, interactive discovery experiences, the world’s largest online family tree, online and offline help, and other genealogy resources and tools.

This year saw incredible advancements in all these areas. Here’s a quick look at what FamilySearch has been up to in 2019.

Searchable Records

  1. In 2019, FamilySearch added 123.6 million indexed records and over 850 million new images of historical records. You can find other significant statistics in the graphic below.
  2. In addition to more searchable records and images, FamilySearch provided updates and new features to improve the indexing and record searching experience, including a new similar historical records tool that helps you find additional records that may belong to a person you find in a document. So when you find a family member in a record on FamilySearch.org, FamilySearch can now suggest other records that may include information about the same person.
  3. FamilySearch introduced an update that allows users to make corrections to names in an index. You can correct names that were indexed incorrectly or that were incorrect on the record itself. Learn more here.
  4. Using the new Thank a Volunteer feature, you can express appreciation for the thousands of volunteers who make indexed, searchable records possible on FamilySearch.org!
Searchable Records year in review

Discovery

At FamilySearch, we strive to provide inspiring, heart-turning discovery experiences. This year, we worked toward that goal in part by organizing major events in three countries to gather genealogy enthusiasts of all levels of skill and experience.

  1. This year saw another successful RootsTech in Salt Lake City, which a total of 15,156 genealogy enthusiasts and experts attended.
  2. For the first year ever, a RootsTech conference took place in London, bringing in 9,727 total attendees. There were more than 81,000 online views of the London and Salt Lake City RootsTech conferences combined.
  3. Mexico also had its own genealogy conference sponsored by FamilySearch, the Expo Genealogía, which successfully brought discovery experiences to hundreds of attendees.
  4. Along with the many discoveries that FamilySearch users have made on the site (see the below infographic for FamilySearch.org visits), FamilySearch created an online discovery experience center, which you can check out here.
Discovery experiences year in review

Family Tree Growth

  1. During 2019, 3.5 million FamilySearch.org users added nearly 47 million people to the FamilySearch Family Tree. Refer to the infographic below for other fascinating statistics about this year’s Family Tree growth.
  2. FamilySearch also introduced several new features to the Family Tree this year. For example, you can now see how you are related to other users of FamilySearch.org. All you have to do is opt-in, and you can see how you and another person (if he or she has also opted-in) are related.
  3. In a recent update, FamilySearch provided the ability to document all family relationships, including same-sex relationships. Learn more here.
Family tree year in review

Memories

Using FamilySearch Memories, you can preserve precious moments and priceless images from your life and your family’s life. Here is a quick look at the contributions that FamilySearch users made to memories this year.

  1. An incredible 518,563 FamilySearch.org users added to their memories on the website.
  2. Users uploaded 8,751,822 photos and stories this year, for a total of 40,373,365 photos and stories in the Memories feature.
Memories year in review

Help

Behind the good work FamilySearch does are the individuals who make it all possible, including users, employees, and thousands of volunteers. Here are some of the highlights about these individuals and their contributions to FamilySearch.org:

  1. In 2019, we had 318,000 indexing volunteers, who served for a total of 10.9 million volunteer indexing hours.
  2. One million customer support cases were resolved by staff and volunteers.
  3. An additional 66 FamilySearch family history centers were opened, making a total of 5,190 centers worldwide. In addition, the Family History Library expanded its hours of operation to include Sunday hours and later hours on Mondays.
  4. Volunteers and missionaries contributed a total of 15.4 million service hours in 2019.
Help year in review

Other Notables

Here are just a few other achievements and contributions from 2019.

  1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which FamilySearch is a fully-owned nonprofit subsidiary, donated $2 million to the International African American Museum (IAAM) Center for Family History. The donation will help support the creation of the center there.
  2. At the annual meeting of the American Society of Genealogists, held on November 2 in Salt Lake City, Utah, David Rencher, chief genealogical officer for FamilySearch and director of the Family History Library, received a certificate of appreciation for extraordinary contributions to the discipline of genealogy
  3. The FamilySearch Research Wiki, a treasure-trove of genealogical expertise, advice, and insights for family history enthusiasts, published its 90,000th article.

After a year of impressive growth in 2019, FamilySearch is looking forward to what the new year will bring!


Year in review infographics

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments

  1. Hello, In the past, I have not been able to view scanned images on-line from home. If an image was available, I needed to go to an affiliated library to review. Is that still true?

    1. If it is not available on FamilySearch you can still go to an affiliate library to view it. Hope this helps!

  2. Early this year someone made changes in my account to names, added last names and cited sources that I’ve researched that don’t match. How is it that someone other than the account holder is able/allowed to make changes?

    1. FamilySearch is the world’s largest shared tree! This has many benefits but it also means that anyone can enter information into the tree. Occasionally that information is inaccurate. If there is information that is inaccurate you have the option to edit that information or contact the user who made the changes. Click here to learn about how you can make corrections to the mistakes in the family tree. Hope it helps!

  3. HI I have asked a family member to do a search on the work I have been doing and this does not come up in a search request in google? How do I know that others not registered with Familysearch.org could find the information I have pulled together?

    1. Family trees cannot be viewed through a search request on google. To view your family tree, you would either have to login and show the tree to them or they would have to create an account and then link to the shared family tree. Here’s how to do that: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/how-to-connect-to-a-family-members-tree/ (here’s another article that can help: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/getting-started-shared-family-tree/?cid=bl-fsup-8365)

  4. I did a sign in a month ago using my email and a password. When I went to sign in for a second two weeks it said my information was wrong. I put it in over and over being very careful to be sure it was right. I angry I can no longer get in.

      1. I have had the same problem as Sally on numerous occasions. “Recovering” the username/password is easy but it’s frustrating doing it on a regular basis.

        Please ask your programmers to check for a signing-in problem.

  5. Hi,
    I find Family Search most the useful site around.and very such your hard work in keeping it running.
    I find that the site opens up on my I pad but on my fixed computer it will not open up. On my computer the page appears but only the reset is operative. The search button will not load up. Can you help. Rob K

  6. Can you tell me how the digitizing process is progressing for the Granite Mountain Vault microfilm collection. How close are we to completion.

      1. I have had the same problem as Michael on numerous occasions. “Recovering” the username/password is easy but it’s frustrating doing it on a regular basis.

        Please ask your programmers to check for a signing-in problem, and correct the coding where appropriate.

  7. My son has great great grandmother that was a full blood American Indian, but nobody knows what tribe she came from. She was adopted, and I have the adoptive family names, and county where they lived. Where should I begin to search records?

  8. How can I find out how many records I’ve indexed? I have an account, and it is open while I index. It would just be fun to know just how many!

  9. What a Brilliant Site This has become, Ive found many treasure’s their, and more to com, well done FamilySearch

  10. I find Family Search totally unsatisfactory. I have followed tree lines back to the Pharaohs of Egypt, the Vikings of Northern Europe and Kings/Queens of various countries. The problem is there were gaping holes which led me to famous peoples. By holes, I mean lack of dates jumping all around where it would have been impossible for someone to have sired an off spring hundreds of years after their death. In regards to the family tree, there should be a way for everyone to have their own tree without others changing it and generally causing malicious chaos. I no longer trust Family Search beyond a certain date. I think leading on people to follow their trees to famous people far, far into the past is just a sham.