Why does FamilySearch partner with other organizations?

These are some common questions we get about FamilySearch partnerships. We hope the answers are helpful to you. 

Why does FamilySearch have partnerships with for-profit companies?

An important goal for FamilySearch is to make it easier and quicker for people everywhere to discover and share their family history. Our partnerships put valuable family tree and historical record collections within reach of a wider audience. FamilySearch members benefit from our partners’ unique technologies.

Who are FamilySearch’s partners?

Primary partners include the following:

  • Ancestry
  • Findmypast
  • MyHeritage
  • American Ancestors
  • Geneanet

FamilySearch also works with various solution providers who offer a range of services and technologies that can assist in your family history work. You can find a complete list of partners and solution providers in our Solutions Gallery.

Are FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Findmypast, and Ancestry owned by the same company?

No, FamilySearch is a service of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. MyHeritage, Findmypast, and Ancestry are each separate companies.

Will FamilySearch require a paid subscription in the future?

No. You can access FamilySearch at no cost. 

How do FamilySearch patrons benefit from Ancestry, Findmypast and MyHeritage search available within FamilySearch?

When you view a person detail page on FamilySearch you can search specific partner trees and records to discover additional historical records about that person. This search feature provides highly targeted links to information that can dramatically enhance the FamilySearch discovery experience. 

How does FamilySearch benefit from the MyHeritage Smart Matching™ technology?

MyHeritage Smart Matching™ is a technology that matches people defined in a MyHeritage family tree with people in other family trees on MyHeritage. This does not directly impact trees on FamilySearch Family Tree.

Does FamilySearch provide records to MyHeritage and Findmypast? If so, are those records still be available on FamilySearch?

Yes. FamilySearch provides index data for select collections to MyHeritage and Findmypast. We do not provide images to them. However, both indexes and images, where available, are still accessible on FamilySearch.

Users of MyHeritage and Findmypast, through their MyHeritage or Findmypast accounts and interfaces, are able to search and discover more records from FamilySearch’s historical record collection and from the Family Tree, and link those records to their family trees on those non-FamilySearch sites. Users see indicators for matches to FamilySearch records from within their family trees, as well as links to the same individuals in FamilySearch Family Tree if a match to a person exists.

Historical record collections under these partnerships will be announced as they are made available on either partner site. All new records from FamilySearch that are accessible from within MyHeritage or Findmypast products continue to be available online at FamilySearch.

Will people have to pay to see records indexed by FamilySearch volunteers?

No. Volunteer-indexed records will continue to be available for free at FamilySearch, as they always have been. Additionally, if you have a subscription to one of our partner sites, you can view and use indexes to FamilySearch records on that site as well.

Can I compare and exchange data between my trees on partner sites with the FamilySearch Family Tree?

Yes, here are several options:

  • Ancestry allows members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to import up to 4 generations of persons starting with the authenticated user into a new Ancestry tree. You can choose to allow or not allow others to view the tree being imported. Any changes to persons imported can be compared and updated.
  • Findmypast provides its own view of FamilySearch so any and all changes are saved to FamilySearch.
  • MyHeritage is now in a pilot program for importing up to 8 generations and comparing and exchanging data between FamilySearch and a MyHeritage tree. This is expected to release to the public in mid to late 2019.

Can I upload a GEDCOM to a partner site and have the data transferred into FamilySearch Family Tree?

This enhancement is being considered for development in the future. Details are still being worked out between FamilySearch and its partners.

If you want to upload a GEDCOM to our user-submitted genealogies on FamilySearch, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to FamilySearch.
  2. At the top of the page, click Search, followed by Genealogies.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click Submit Tree.

After you submit your tree, you can compare your file with Family Tree and transfer missing information.

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