Use this article when someone is confused about our free site and other subscription sites.
FamilySearch.org Web site is a free site. The following databases contain names and related information.
- International Genealogical Index (IGI)
- Ancestral File
- Pedigree Resource File
- Censuses: 1880 US, 1881 Canada, 1881 British
- Social Security Death Index (also available on other Web sites)
- Vital Records Index (for select countries and time periods)
The Family History Library Catalog is a list of our collection of books, film, fiche, maps, etc. It can be searched for free. Film and fiche can be loaned to our network of family history centers. We are currently in a cooperative agreement with Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to digitize many of our family histories. When a book is digitized, a link will appear in the catalog record.
Research Helps is a group of free outlines, guides, word lists, and international language letter-writing guides. You can read these online or print them. The Research Guidance section suggests appropriate groups of records to use in a particular search.