On September 27, 2014, I received the following notice from FamilySearch:
As of today, free subscriptions to the FamilySearch partner sites Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, and MyHeritage.com will be available to ALL Latter-day Saints.
These subscriptions provide access to the premium tools, features, and resources available on each website and can be used in the comfort of home. This free benefit is a $900 annual value and is a recognition of the investment of time and tithes members of the Church have made in the shared records. Free subscriptions are available here:
Open New Doors of DiscoverySubscriptions to these commercial family history sites provide Latter-day Saints with about 3.5 times the online content (more than 17.8 billion records) to help them find and bring temple blessings to their ancestors. Currently, Church members can submit names to the temple through FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com; similar functionality is being developed on findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com.Gaining access to the programs is only the first step. There are lots of us out here who have already been on all three of these programs for years. Please ask around for help and visit your local Family History Center to ask questions.
Spread the WordWe encourage you to share the good news with family, friends, and neighbors — and, of course, those you serve in your family history calling. Forward this email, post it on your Facebook timeline, and print this informational flyer and share it at church on Sunday.
Learn MoreVisit http://familysearch.org/partneraccess to register for free accounts (youth ages 13–17 require parental permission). For additional information about free LDS subscriptions to partner websites, contact FamilySearch Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866- 406-1830.