SALT LAKE CITY and BOSTON (February 17, 2015)—FamilySearch, the family history brand of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, today announced that Church members can now receive free personal subscriptions to AmericanAncestors.org, the premier research website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Personal access to this service is provided at no cost for Latter-day Saints as part of an agreement between FamilySearch and AmericanAncestors.org, and includes all the tools, features, and resources of the site. To sign up for a free subscription, Latter-day Saint patrons need to visit familysearch.org/partneraccess.
Founded in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society is America’s oldest and most respected resource for family history research and the largest genealogical society in America today. Although the institution’s name says “New England,” the organization is national in scope and provides expertise and research materials through AmericanAncestors.org in nearly all aspects of family history, from seventeenth-century colonial New England, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, through twenty-first century immigration research.
Used in tandem with the latest FamilySearch tools, AmericanAncestors.org can open new doors of discovery and enhance members’ ability to identify more ancestors and make more family connections.
“Our founders recognized 170 years ago that family history would become important to all Americans,” said Brenton Simons, President and CEO of New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. “For that reason, AmericanAncestors.org is a hub and treasure trove for family historians. We really do have something for everyone.”
Dennis Brimhall, FamilySearch CEO, said the collaboration will provide indispensable assistance to Latter-day Saint families by providing a breadth of information unavailable elsewhere.
“By partnering with AmericanAncestors.org, we’re making a remarkable scope of new data available to our members,” said Brimhall. “We expect there will be many new family discoveries as our members become familiar with these rich, vast New England records. We are honored to be associated with America’s oldest genealogical society.”
Latter-day Saints can sign up for a free subscription at familysearch.org/partneraccess.
About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 65,000 constituents through an award-winning website www.AmericanAncestors.org. Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today NEHGS provides constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere.
American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS, representing the expertise and resources for family historians of all levels researching their origins across the country and around the world. NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field, and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99–101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years.
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 130 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.