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


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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