Join FamilySearch in Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Genealogical Society of Utah!

September 5, 2019  - by 

Did you know that before FamilySearch was the organization we know today, it was called the Genealogical Society of Utah? On November 13, 1894, the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) was founded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the goals of “collecting, establishing and maintaining a genealogical library for the use and benefit of its members and others” and “disseminating information regarding genealogical matters.”

In 1999, the GSU was renamed “FamilySearch” to prepare for the launch of its first website, Since its beginnings in 1894, FamilySearch has worked to publish over 2 billion online historical records, grow its family tree of over 1.2 billion names, and provide help in its over 4,700 family history centers worldwide!

In order to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of this historical organization, FamilySearch needs your help. The story of FamilySearch would not exist if not for the stories of our users. For this reason, we need you to send us your inspiring family history experiences on social media!

a shareable graphic for the gsu 125th anniversary

Using the hashtag #FoundAtFamilySearch, we want you to send us a photo, video, or experience relating to your favorite ancestors or family history stories. You can do so in one of the following three ways:

  1. Post a photo, video, or experience with the hashtag #FoundAtFamilySearch to social media.
  2. Send a photo, video, or experience with the hashtag #FoundAtFamilySearch to 1-703-436-1321.
  3. Fill out the survey found here.

 As we gear up for the 125th Anniversary on November 13, we’ll feature your content on our #FoundAtFamilySearch social media feed in celebration of all the amazing genealogy discoveries over the past 125 years!

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  1. My father, Steven Asmus, worked as a supervisor in the records department from about 1950 until about 1963 . He ended up with cancer and died in 1964. I worked there in my first ever job when I was sixteen, (about 1966) proofing Dutch records. That was when the records were typed before being sent to the temple for ordinance work. My father instilled in me the importance of genealogical work and I had my first class in my stake at age 12. I remember my father working in the bldg that now stands the Relief Society bldg, then the Montgomery Ward bldg. I remember him saying that someday in the future they (the co-workers) were looking forward to the time when the Genealogical Society would all be housed in one bldg.

  2. I have had many experiences in researching my ancestors. I remember trying yo find my mother’s grandmother, Frances Lamey. Some of the family called her Fannie Lima. I met a distant cousin in Troutrun, PA who put me in touch with someone who had knowledge of the family and through that contact I was not only able to find Frances Lamey but her whole family.

  3. As far as I know I am the only Piorkowski doing work on my genealogy in Poland.i have discovered piorkowski genealogy from Poland allowing me to go back into 1640, so far adding almost 300 names linked to me, amazing experience. Grateful for this help.

  4. I have been researching my family name in Poland and have found my family back to 1640, so far have 300 piorkowski names linked to me with more yet to look at. Amazing experience.