Top 5 Reasons I Love

As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, is one of my favorite genealogy websites. In fact, it’s a site I like so much that I just wrote a book about it, the Unofficial Guide to So what is so great about this website? Here’s the top five reasons I love

1. It’s free. Need I say more?

2. It’s got lots of records (and images). has millions of historical records. Some are transcriptions, while others have actual digitized images of original records. Records cover everything from U.S. censuses and vital records, to military records and local probate and court records.

3. It’s easy to use. The site is pretty easy to search, which makes it’s pretty easy to find records for your ancestors. Of course, there are many strategies to improve your searches to get better results (like using wildcards to find alternate spellings of names), but it’s easy to do an initial search for ancestors.

4. Family trees. The Family Tree section of the site lets you put your family tree online for free. As a bonus, recently added research hints to family tree entries, which helps you find records for your ancestors you may not have found already (or may not have thought to search for yet).

5. Source box. When you actually do find a record for your ancestors, makes it easy to keep track of the records you find via its Source Box tool. You can even organize your Source Box with folders (such as a folder for each surname you’re researching).

Guide to FamilySearch.orgThere are many, many more reasons I enjoy using

To find out more about how to use the website to find your ancestors, check out my new book Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch: How to Find Your Family History on the World’s Largest Free Genealogy Website, which is available now for pre-order on

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