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

September 5, 2019  - by 
GSU 125th Anniversary

Did you know that before FamilySearch was the organization we know today, it was called the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU)? November 13, 2019 marks the 125th anniversary of the GSU.

The 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 spreading “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 4 billion online historical records, grow its family tree of over 1.2 billion names, and provide help in its over 5,000 family history centers worldwide! Check out the graphics below for even more facts about this incredible organization. Click on the images for a larger view.

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 celebrate FamilySearch’s 125th Anniversary throughout the year, we’ll feature your content on our #FoundAtFamilySearch social media feed in celebration of all the amazing genealogy discoveries over the past 125 years! Check it out below!

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  1. From 1990 to 2004 I gathered a great deal of genealogy material mostly through letter writing. My ancestors my mothers side goes back to the 1600-1800s in America. I used the local Latter-day Saint Church genealogical library in the 1990’s but have not in years. I have added a bunch since then but only paper. Could you contact me to add this material to the file. We have a new church closer to me but do not know if it has a library. Thanks, John J. Obrzut Do you want my phone?

    1. John,

      Thanks for commenting! If you’d like to add some files digitally to FamilySearch, I’d recommend visiting our help page at On this page, you can find the nearest Family History Center to you where you can scan in your documents. Further, you can chat or call a consultant who can help you with scanning it all in. Best of luck to you!

  2. I am trying to find a picture of my Dad. I am 75 years young and never got to meet him. His name is as follows, Edward Leon Morey 1921-1973. His birth place was Gloversville, NY 12078. He died Oct 17,1973.
    I don’t know how to use the system. Please help me. God Bless You. Sandra m Vincent

    1. Sandra,

      I’ve looked more into your father and haven’t had much success in finding more information. If you’re looking for help, head on over to There, you can do a live chat, a phone call, or send an email to a consultant to help you out! Best of luck!

  3. No encuentro en esta web la posibilidad de verla es español. ¿Es esto posible?

    Translation: I can’t find on this website the possibility of seeing it is Spanish. Is this possible?

    1. Carmen, gracias por tu pregunta. Puede ver nuestro blog en español haciendo clic aquí. También puede ver en español haciendo clic aquí. ¡Buena suerte!

      Translation: Carmen, thank you for your question. You can look at our Spanish blog by clicking here. You can also see in Spanish by clicking here. Good luck!

  4. my first relative Charles Kerr born 980 in Scotland yet his sons wife Lady Poppa of Bayeux show her birth 880 Charles” son born 1085 I need help these dates must all be wrong. tree/pedigree/landscape/LJP3-R5X