Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.
LDS is an acronym for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormons. The LDS Church is most widely known for its historic interest in and commitment to genealogy. The LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah houses the world's largest collection of genealogical records, and makes those records available through Family History Centers all over the world.
The Family History Library and Family History Centers are free and open to the public. The Church also sponsors FamilySearch.org, one of the primary online resources. The Church is currently in the process of digitizing its vast microfilm collection, which will also be made available online, free of charge.