Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.
A website is a location on the Internet, a global computer network also known as the World Wide Web. A website contains a number of web documents or "pages," owned and managed by an individual, company, or organization. The "web" metaphor suggests the manner in which computer networks and web sites interconnect globally. Individual users access the website by entering the website address or "url" into a web browser and pressing the return key.
Many websites, commercial and private, are dedicated to genealogy. Commercial websites may offer content and/or services for a fee. Private websites, operated by individual or organizations, may be dedicated to individual families or subject areas, many of which provide free access. One of the most popular and useful free genealogy websites is the FamilySearch.org web site, owned and operated by the LDS Church.