Posted by Ancestry Team on January 29, 2014 in Collections, Website


We are pleased to announce an extension of our collaborative efforts with FamilySearch International that will make more than one billion additional records from 67 countries available on

These already digitized records, provided by FamilySearch, are in addition to the agreement we announced a few months ago that will help digitize, index and publish an expected one billion global historical records never before published online from the FamilySearch vault over the next five years.

These additional records, which are already digitized collections, represent a significant expansion to, which hosts the largest collection of global records available online. The records also add to the aggressive international digitization efforts already in place by

Countries with newly released records:

  • NORTH and CENTRAL AMERICA: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama
  • CARIBBEAN: Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica
  • SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
  • ASIA/PACIFIC: India, Philippines, Samoa

Countries coming soon: 

  • Armenia, Estonia, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Korea, Micronesia, Moldova, Nicaragua, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, Zimbabwe has a long-term content strategy, which is committed to investing $100 million to digitize and index new content over the next five years. We are focused on providing access to a global collection of records and expand family history interest in its current markets and worldwide:

The additional collections include more than one billion digitized and indexed records and over 200 million images containing birth, marriage, death, census and church records from Europe, Latin America, South Africa, South America, Asia and more.

These additional records will start being added in January and fully published over the next few months. To learn more about these content collections, please visit our new International page on



Tim Sullivan, CEO of “We are excited to be expanding our exclusive, groundbreaking agreement with FamilySearch. In addition to the previously announced plan to together digitize 1 billion records never before published online, we’re thrilled to be able to provide our members with access to this additional 1 billion records from 67 countries. These new global records will mean even more discoveries for our members.”


  1. Dan Mastel

    I’m sure this is great news for some people. When you can get records for the germans who went to Russia in the early 1800’s and farmed the Odessa area out of the Saratov archives in Russia, then I’ll be impressed.

  2. Rina

    The new “Select” series of international births, deaths & marriages are a great new addition, apart from the fact that no corrections can be added & no comments can be recorded. I’ve just found a marriage record from Chile that accurately names all the participants (including the parents of the couple) but the date of the marriage is 28 years later than it actually took place – when the groom was already dead!!!

  3. Ida

    I feel it is very deceptive to put these international records behind a pay wall. If you have a U.S. membership you have to upgrade to see them. Many of the indexers including me were told they would be free on Ancestry but in fact they are not to a degree.

  4. Yelyfish08

    North America is: Canada, United States and Mexico.
    Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama are part of Central America. Please make corrections in your article. Thank you.

  5. Lisa

    Thank you for the continuing effort to make records available to people who otherwise may give up on their research. By having these records digitized it makes it that much easier for people to become interested in where they came from.

  6. Jade

    This new group is a mess. No particular sources are identified, so the assertions are as useless as the miscellaneous junk in such databases as “Millennium File.”

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