FamilySearch is a trademark of Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Intellectual Reserve, Inc (abbreviated IRI) is a non-profit corporation based in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. It is separate from, but wholly owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It holds the church's intellectual property, including copyrights, and trademarks. See Wikipedia and the sources listed there.
FamilySearch International Inc. is a non-profit Utah corporation, wholly owned and run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch was historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah. FamilySearch is also the present tradename of the Genealogical Society of Utah, Inc. an Utah corporation. Utah.gov See also Genealogical Society of Utah.
FamilySearch (the entity) is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch consists of a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. FamilySearch gathers, preserves, and shares genealogical records worldwide. FamilySearch offers free access to its resources and service online at FamilySearch.org, one of the most heavily used genealogy sites on the Internet. In addition, FamilySearch offers personal assistance at more than 4,500 Family History Centers in 70 countries, including the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Wikipedia.
I fully understand anyone's confusion at this point. I guess the best way to put it is that FamilySearch is the organization and the name "FamilySearch" is both a trademark and a tradename.
Now, FamilySearch (any time I mention FamilySearch without further qualification, I mean the organization, corporation) has a chief executive officer, officers, directors (I assume) and employees.
FamilySearch does lots of things. Here is a list of some of them:
- The Granite Vault genealogical storage in Little Cottonwood Canyon outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.
- The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- The microfilm/digitizing of records projects going on all over the world.
- Several large websites on the Internet.
Most of the FamilySearch websites are presently integrated into FamilySearch.org or shortly will be.
There is also a website called "New FamilySearch" See new.familysearch.org. This site is a huge family tree program. It is also completely free, but is still under development and access to the program has been limited all during its development. At first, the program was limited to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in certain geographic areas. It was very slowly released to additional areas until recently it was available to all of the members of the Church throughout the world. Now the same thing is happening with the release to those who are not members of the Church. It is being released in stages. During this protracted release, there have been several delays as the program had to be altered for different reasons. It presently has a substantial challenge because of the data that was included originally in the program. Just take my word for it, New FamilySearch still has need of substantial changes (or not, depending on your viewpoint).
Please feel free to go to FamilySearch.org and explore to your heart's content. It is a fabulous resource and getting better everyday. Meanwhile do not feel left out of New FamilySearch, even members of the Church, who have complete access to the program, don't know what it is or what it will become.