How do I create a free account for a child?

Anyone 13 years old or older can register for a FamilySearch account without parental permission.

Children who already have an account for a website or mobile app of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can sign in to FamilySearch.org using the username and password of that account.

Children ages 8–12

Children ages 8–12 years old can register with parental permission, which is obtained during the registration process. A parent or legal guardian can choose one of three methods to legally authorize a child to register for FamilySearch.

  • Church Record Number (preferred, for Latter-day Saints)
  • Email address
  • Text number

In the account creation process a Parental Consent Code will be sent to a parent or guardian email address or text number (if not creating the account with a Church Record Number). You’ll also specify an Account Recovery method in case your child forgets his or her sign-in information. For accounts set up with the Church Record Number, that same number will be used for recovery.

Steps

To create an account for a child between the ages of 8 and 12, follow these steps.

  1. Go to a FamilySearch product:
    • Go to the FamilySearch.org site in a browser, and click Create Account, or
    • Open the Family Tree or Memories mobile app and tap Create Free Account.
  2. Enter the child's information in the Account Creation form, and click Continue.
  3. The Parent or guardian Permission Needed dialog box will appear. You can choose to provide permission by
    • Church Record Number (see step 4)
    • text message (see step 5)
    • email (see step 6)
  4. To provide parent consent by entering a Church Record number, follow these steps.
    1. Choose Use Parent’s Church Record Number (preferred).
    2. Enter your own (the parent or legal guardian’s) Church Record Number. Then click Continue.
    3. Next enter your child’s Church Record Number, and click Continue.
    4. Fill in the remaining form fields, and click Create Account.
    5. Sign in to the FamilySearch account to complete registration. If your child forgets his or her sign-in information, the Church Record Number will be required for recovery.
  5. To provide parental consent by text message, follow these steps.
    1. Choose Ask parent, with a text message from the drop-down menu and enter the text number. Click Continue.
    2. Fill in the remaining form fields, and click Create Account. A Parental Consent Code is sent to the parent’s text phone.
    3. The next screen asks for the Parental Consent Code that was sent to the parent or guardian’s text phone. Enter the code, and click Submit.
    4. Next, enter a text number or email address for Account Recovery, in case your child forgets his or her sign-in information.
    5. If you chose a text number, enter the code that was sent to the phone and click Submit.
    6. If you chose email, open the email, and click Complete Registration.
    7. Sign in to the FamilySearch account to complete registration.
  6. To provide parental consent by email, follow these steps.
    1. Choose Ask parent, with an email from the drop-down menu, and enter the email address. Click Continue.
    2. Account creation continues. Fill in the remaining form fields, and click Create Account. A message with a Parental Consent Link is sent to the parent’s email.
    3. The next screen asks for the Parental Consent Code that was sent to the parent or guardian’s email. Enter the code, and click Submit.
    4. Enter a text number or email address for Account Recovery, in case your child forgets his or her sign-in information.
    5. If you chose a text number, enter the code that was sent to the phone, and click Submit.
    6. If you chose email, open the email, and click Complete Registration.
    7. Sign in to the FamilySearch account to complete registration.

Solutions to common problems

If you didn’t receive the permission or verification email or text message:

  • The progress on your account will be saved for 48 hours.
  • Continue to check your text messages or email. If nothing arrives after a day, return to FamilySearch.org and click Sign In. Enter your username and password and FamilySearch will help you finish creating your account.

If you receive one of the error messages below, the child probably already has an account:

  • "We believe this account already exists."
  • "The text phone number that you entered is already used in an account."
  • "This church record number is already used in an account."

In this case, click Sign in. Then, if the child has forgotten his or her username or password, do one or both of the following:

  • To recover the username, click Forgot Username.
  • To reset the password, click Forgot Password.
  • If you have problems, it sometimes helps to switch to a different internet browser, such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari.

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