News Release

Free Family History Program Available to All

Thanks to a new online program, people interested in researching their family history now have access to billions of historical documents.

FamilySearch and MyHeritage recently announced that the MyHeritage Library Edition™ is now available for FREE at every FamilySearch Family History Centre and Family History Library in the world. This new MyHeritage Library Edition™ provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past 5 centuries. Available in 40 languages, it is the industry’s most multilingual family history archive and search engine, breaking down geographical and language barriers in research.

“We’re delighted to allow our patrons to benefit from the large amount of family history information that MyHeritage offers” said Dennis Brimhall, FamilySearch CEO.

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 or through any of the over 4,700 family history centres throughout the world, including centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. These are dedicated family history spaces, open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. Visitors enjoy free access to historical records and personal assistance from staff to help them in their search for information.

For more information, or to find a centre close to you, please visit:

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