MyHeritage.com Available at LDS Family History Centers
A company that works with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on genealogy software is making its service available through the church’s family history libraries.
Back in 2013, MyHeritage.com, a commercial firm based in Israel, worked out a deal with FamilySearch, the genealogy site operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In exchange for help with its search and matching software, it got access to the billions of family and historical records compiled by the church.
Aaron Godfrey with MyHeritage says their service will now be available for free at the church’s 47-hundred family history centers around the world.
Godfrey tells KUER, “The library edition isn’t something that requires you to create an account. So you won’t necessarily have a family tree there. It’s just a resource for you to go and search like other resources you might access to in the library.”
MyHeritage.com is a competitor of Ancestry.com, which also makes its service available through the church’s family history libraries. Both companies provide limited services for free, with more information available through paid subscriptions, and both include information collected and compiled by the LDS church in their databases.
Mormons pursue genealogy as a religious duty and submit the names of dead ancestors for baptisms and other rituals in their temples worldwide.