How to login to the new Family Search web site for the first time?

Section 1 – How the General Public Obtains an Account?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allows anyone with the desire to access and use the genealogical information on their site, even if they have no affiliation with their church at all.  All you have to do is create an account.

Note: If you are a baptized member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, go to Section2.

  1. On your computer, open a web browser (Internet Explorer, MSN, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, Opera, etc.
  2. Type in http://new.familysearch.org into your browser and press Enter.  This will take you to the front page.
  3. Click the link on the bottom right called: Register for the new Family Search.  This takes you to the next page.
  4. Check the radio button called: FamilySearch Account (for the general public)
  5. Fill out the form.
  6. Click Register.
  7. The next page informs you that a verification email has been sent.
  8. Now go check your email.
  9. You email should have an email address from the LDS Church.Note: If you do not see an email, check your spam folder.
  10. Once you have found the email, click the link in the email to confirm your membership.

You now have a username and password to access this site:

Section 2 – How baptized members obtain an account?

The section explains to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints how to access the new Family Search site.  If you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please go to Section 2.

Note: Download this in a Microsoft Word document with screen shots here: How do church members access the LDS Stake and Ward web site and the new Family Search web site

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can login to the new Family Search with their account on lds.org that lets them access the LDS Stake and Ward Web Site.  If you already have an account and can already access the LDS Stake and Ward Web Site, then simply go to http://new.familysearch.org and login with the same user name an password.

If you don’t have an account for the LDS Stake and Ward Web Site, then you should obtain one.

Before you begin gather the following two pieces of information:

  • Membership record number
  • Date of Birth

Note: This data is on your Individual Ordinance Summary sheet. If you do not have this sheet, request it from one of the ward clerks.

How to create for yourself a login username and password for both the LDS Stake and Ward Web Site and the new Family Search?

  1. On your computer, open a web browser (Internet Explorer, MSN, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, Opera, etc.
  2. Type in http://www.lds.org into your browser and press Enter.  This will take you to the Church’s global home page.The home page is laid out with three columns with many links to resources for you.
  3. On the far right column, click on the link to Stake & Ward Web Sites.
    This opens the Stake and Ward Web Site Sign In page.  This page has two fields for a username and password.
    If you already have a username and password you can login to both LDS.org and new Family Search.
  1. Click on the Obtain an LDS Account link on the left below the login text fields.
    You are taking to the LDS Membership Info page.
  1. Enter your Membership Record number. If you don’t have this, you can ask your bishopric or membership clerk.
  2. Enter your Day of Birth.
  3. Enter the letters you see on the image (security feature).  These letters are difficult to read. Don’t feel bad if you get them wrong once or twice, as everyone usually does.
  4. Click Next Step.  It tries to detect who you are based on membership record information.
  5. Click Yes if it is you.
  6. The next screen has a form where it prompts for your email address.
  7. Enter your email address twice as shown.
  8. Scroll down.
  9. Provide a Username and a password. Please store this information so you do not forget it.
  10. Click Next Step.
  11. Now go check your email.
  12. You email should have an email address from the LDS Church.Note: If you do not see an email, check your spam folder.
  13. Once you have found the email, click the link in the email to confirm your membership.

You now have a username and password to access these sites:

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