Privacy Policy

We are very sensitive to concerns about the use and security of personal information provided through FamilySearch Internet. Therefore, we endeavor to provide the user all information regarding our identity, how we use personal information that is collected, how to contact us and how to access and update the user's personal information. We also inform users of all potential recipients of the personal information. We do not use any personal information for purposes beyond those stated herein.

Our Identity

This site is owned and operated by Corporation of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Personal Information: Collection and Use

Users must provide some personal information to us when they register. Registration is only required before a user can submit a GEDCOM file, subscribe or post to collaboration lists, suggest that a site be added to FamilySearch Internet, or provide Feedback about the site. Registration is not required for general browsing or searches. Registration requires the user to provide his or her name, mailing address, and email address. This information is used to ensure that users abide by the Conditions of Use. This information may also be used to inform users about products, services, activities, and other subjects that may be of interest.

When a user submits a GEDCOM file, personal information may be included and made publicly available over FamilySearch Internet. When users submit personal information, they represent that they have obtained permission from all living individuals included in their GEDCOM file.

Information voluntarily disclosed on collaboration lists will be distributed to others on that collaboration list. We do not collect or store information included in collaboration messages. For additional information about how information included in collaboration lists may be used, please see Conditions for Collaboration.

When users access pages or navigate through FamilySearch Internet, our servers may log their IP address, user ID, cookie information, referring web sites, pages linked-to FamilySearch Internet both within and without, and other site browsing behavior. This information is used to improve site administration, to enhance future versions of the product, and to produce usage statistics to help FamilySearch Internet better meet the needs of users.


Correcting Information

Corrections to a FamilySearch database (genealogical information) generally are made by submitting additional information to that database. You should follow the same procedures for submitting corrected information as you would for submitting original information. Generally, proposed corrections will simply be added to the database as an alternative view but will not replace the previous data.


Protecting Information

FamilySearch Internet is equipped with security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, and unauthorized alteration of the information under our control. We cannot guarantee that the information will not be lost or misused, but we make every effort to ensure that it is secured to avoid such problems.


Foreign Transfer of Data

This site is designed for use by U.S. residents only. If you are not a U.S. resident, you can use this site, but you are responsible for making sure that your actions comply with the laws in your area. If you submit any personal information about yourself or others, you alone are responsible for the consequences of making this transfer of personal information. In many jurisdictions informed consent of all data subjects is necessary before transborder transfers are permitted.


Children's Privacy

We do not knowingly collect information from children under 13. Children under 13 wishing to submit personal information to the site are advised to have their parents submit any requests using the parents' own personal data.


Third-party Links

FamilySearch Internet is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of any third-party sites. For your own protection, you should review the policies of similar sites to ensure they meet your personal expectations of privacy.


Future Changes to Privacy Policy

We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of the Privacy Policy at any time. We encourage you to check the Privacy Policy to remain abreast of any changes.