Saturday, December 9, 2017

FamilySearch Requiring Sign In Accounts

Beginning on December 13, 2017, when you visit you will be asked to register for a free FamilySearch account or to sign in to your existing account.

In the past you have been able to search the records on FamilySearch without an account. This will no longer be the case as of December 13, 2017. 

To quote the FamilySearch Blog:

“Since its launch in 1999, FamilySearch has added millions of users, billions of various historical records, and many fun, new features like Family Tree, Memories, mobile apps, digital books, and dynamic help. In order to accommodate continued growth of these and future free services, FamilySearch must assure all its partners that its content is offered in a safe and secure online environment.  Patrons creating a free account and signing in fulfills that need.”

Ron Tanner, noted in his Facebook live event on Dec 8th, that while you could currently search without signing in, you were not searching all the records. A number of record sets require that the user be signed into FamilySearch.

Continued from the blog:

“Patron sign in will also enable FamilySearch to satisfy the ongoing need for user authentication. This authentication can deliver rich, personalized discovery, collaboration, and help experiences. Simply put, signed-in visitors can access more searchable content and enjoy more personalized services.

“A large percentage of our current site visitors are not benefiting from much of what FamilySearch has to offer because they don’t realize the need to simply sign in with their free account to do so,” said Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch CEO. “They are basically arriving in the parking lot but not coming inside for the main event,” he said about website visitors who do not sign in.”

FamilySearch does NOT share personal account information with any third party without the individual’s consent.

No comments:

Post a Comment