Free historical online book collection hits 200,000 milestone

According to an April 13 press release from FamilySearch, a growing host of partnering libraries, other organizations and volunteers have announced that they’ve reached the milestone of publishing 200,000 historical volumes online for free at

The free online library began in 2007 and has helped genealogists and family historians find ancestors. Partners to the library come through FamilySearch mobile digitization pods at partnering libraries and organizations across the United States. The digital collection consists of family histories, local and county histories, telephone and postal directories and other resources.

The project has made books available to anyone with an Internet connection.

To search the digitized records, go to, enter your ancestor’s name in the search box, and click search.

Libraries or organizations interested in participating in the book digitization initiative can contact Dennis Meldrum, project manager at FamilySearch, at [email protected]