Questions about New FamilySearch

Why did the Church create the new FamilySearch?

The Church created the New FamilySearch to:

Reduce the duplication of temple ordinances and family history research.

Simplify the way members prepare the names of their ancestors for temple ordinances.

Help families work together to identify their ancestors and to make sure their family history is as accurate and complete as possible.

By simplifying family history and temple work, the Church expects that the number of members who do family history work and provide ordinances for their ancestors will increase.

Where does the information in the New FamilySearch come from?

The New FamilySearch contains hundreds of millions of records about individuals. This information comes from many different sources:

Information that users enter directly into the system

Temple ordinance records, including the International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File, which are computerized databases published by the Church

Church extraction programs

Church membership records

What information about myself, my living relatives and others will I be able to see in the new FamilySearch?

For yourself, you will see your name, address, telephone number, and date of birth.

Your current spouse information will include his or her name and gender,as well as your marriage date and marriage place.

For your minor children in your household you will see names, gender, and dates of birth. If any of your children are over 18 years of age, you will still be able to see their name and gender, but not their birth dates.

You will not be able to see any aunts, uncles, or cousins. This information may be added by you, but only you will be able to see the living information that you have entered.

If I find errors in the information about my ancestors, can I change it?

Yes, if you are the original contributor of the information. Information about an ancestor that was contributed by someone else can only be changed by that person. However, you can add another opinion or dispute information that has been entered by others.

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