Tuesday, February 17, 2015

LDS: Free accounts to AmericanAncestors.org

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FamilySearch.org. 

FamilySearch Provides LDS Members Free Accounts to AmericanAncestors.org

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


  1. Myrt, do you know whether access to the site will also be available through the on-site computers at the FHL or at the FHCs?

    1. Dear JJENNY,
      These LDS account are tied to individual persons, not a family history center. The member logs in via any computer with access to the internet, and the findings can be tied to their tree wherever possible.