Genealogical Society of Utah

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The Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) is dedicated to gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical information throughout the world.

Established in 1894, the GSU is an incorporated, nonprofit educational institution entirely funded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its headquarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA with local representatives in all parts of the world.

In 1938 the GSU began microfilming records in the United States of America. After the end of World War II the GSU began microfilming projects internationally.

In the 1990's, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expanded the Genealogical Society of Utah and it eventually became known as FamilySearch.  During the 1990's, Monte J. Brough, a General Authority and Executive Director of the Family History Department and president of the Genealogical Society of Utah, conceived of an Internet genealogy service which he proposed to church leaders.  His ideas eventually developed into what today is known as  In 1999, the new website,, went live, providing an online medium for making genealogical records easily available to the public anywhere in the world at no cost. 

Presidents of the Genealogical Society of Utah  were as follows:
Franklin D. Richards, 1894-1899
Anthon H. Lund, 1900-1921
Charles W. Penrose, 1921-1925
Anthony W. Ivins, 1925-1934
Joseph Fielding Smith, 1934-1961
Junius Jackson, 1961-1962
N. Eldon Tanner, 1963
Howard W. Hunter, 1964-1972
Theodore M. Burton, 1972-1978
J. Thomas Fyans, 1978
Royden G. Derrick, 1979-1984
Richard G. Scott, 1984-1988
J. Richard Clarke, 1988-1993
Monte J. Brough, 1993-1998
Richard E. Turley, Jr., 2000-2008  

LDS Church and Family History page gives more details.

In 2005 the Genealogical Society of Utah began operating as FamilySearch International.