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Research Your Genealogy with Ancestry Today! Genealogy, or the study of family history and lines of descent, is second only to gardening in terms of its popularity in the United States. From TV shows like Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You Are?, to DNA testing kits that show an individual's unique genetic roots and relatives throughout the world, it's easy to see that learning about one's ancestry has captured the hearts and minds of millions of people.

In the past, researching a family tree was an arduous, often lengthy process. Vital documents had to be requested from local, state, and federal governments, and sometimes required proof of kinship in order to be granted. Many of these requests came with significant fees, sometimes as much as $20 per document, and it was not uncommon for a request to go unfilled because the details provided by the requestor were incorrect - perhaps the individual was actually born in an adjacent county, or in a different year, or had a different name on his or her birth certificate.

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5 stars
Ancestry

ANCESTRYTopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

With access to literally billions of historical records - and a collection that expands daily - there are few sites that can even come close to the access Ancestry provides. While the subscriptions may be costly, the amount of information that users can locate quickly and easily makes it possible to find details not available elsewhere. And, with a 14-day free trial, prospective customers can decide for themselves if the service will help them with their family history research. As the most recognized name in genealogy services, Ancestry is our top choice.
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4.5 stars
Archives

ARCHIVES

As part of the Ancestry group of services, Archives could be considered as a "lite" version of its parent company. Many of the same records offered at Ancestry are offered through Archives - but at a much more affordable price, especially for beginners who are just looking to get started with putting together their family tree. Read More... Visit
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3.5 stars
Find My Past

FIND MY PAST

Find My Past specializes in records related to the United Kingdom, having started back in 1965 as a group of professional genealogists known as Title Research. While the breadth of their records relating to England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland is impressive, users whose ancestry includes few or no history in that part of the world may find their collection not robust enough to help them find the records they need. Read More... Visit
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3 stars
One Great Family

ONE GREAT FAMILY

Billing itself as "the world's largest online family tree", One Great Family helps users connect with others around the world who are interested in their genealogy. Their service streamlines many of the processes that other sites require users to manage manually, making it easier to create and maintain one's own family tree. On the other hand, for those who are looking for census records, obituaries, and other types of historical documents, One Great Family does not provide access to that kind of information.
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3 stars
Genealogy Bank

GENEALOGY BANK

Genealogy Bank helps users discover their genealogy through newspapers and other published documents: from articles to obituaries and more, throughout the United States. However, for information traditionally not found in newspapers and books, such as census records or draft registration cards, Genealogy Bank isn't much help. For that reason, the average family history researcher may need the more well-rounded databases and records found with other genealogy sites. Read More... Visit
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2.5 stars
My Heritage

MY HERITAGE

My Heritage has been connecting genealogy buffs with their ancestors since 2005. While their 83 million user base is impressive, their membership and pricing structure leaves room for improvement. For those who want a straightforward way to access records and build an online family tree, we recommend that they look at other genealogy services in our review. Read More... Visit
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Further complicating matters, most people's family trees contain ancestors whose native language was not English, making it even more difficult to locate and request information. Fortunately, today's genealogy buff has access to an unprecedented amount of birth and death certificates, obituaries, census records, and other researchers' results, just to name a few.

Genealogy services can help people find out more about their family history in a matter of minutes, rather than months or even years, through indexed records, broad databases, and even translations of vital documents from many different countries. Modern technology also allows genealogy buffs to take their research to the next level through DNA testing.

Often with just a simple swab of the cheek or a vial of saliva,

  • Cost. How much will you need to pay to access the records and other information on the site? Are there monthly options, if you only need to find a few records, or discounts for yearly subscriptions?
  • Variety of information available. What types of records does the site provide? Is it a wide range of governmental data (e.g. census, death certificates, etc.), published information (e.g. obituaries and other newspaper articles), and family trees submitted by other users? Can the information the site provides be found for free on other websites?
  • Family tree features. Does the service allow you to create your own family tree and easily link information you find on the site? Are you able to connect with other researchers interested in the same ancestral line? Can you add photos, stories, and other personal details to your family tree?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Genealogy Services available today. We hope these reviews help you find your ancestors and discover more about your own family tree today!

Google Searches for Genealogy Leads to an Opera's Worth of Stories

You never know when the amazing technology of the internet and Google will lead to a discovery that will open the doors on your family history. I recently received a letter from Genealogy Gems listener, Kristen. She shared the sad tale of her maternal ...

Published:  Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:44:00 GMT



Genealogy News Episode 99

Ancestry.com may become a public company this year according to Bloomberg. The owners Permira and Silver Lake have been talking to banks and taking formal pitches from potential advisors who would have a role in the offering. No final decision has been ...

Published:  Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:26:00 GMT



Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia to have March meeting on Tuesday

MARIETTA - The Cobb County Genealogy Society will host a program titled "Introduction to the Kennesaw State University Archives" on Tuesday, March 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. Archives are stories - stories of human victories, challenges, emotions, family ...

Published:  Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:50:00 GMT



History Space: Who is the man on the monument?

Why would I wonder this? I have been a member of the Vermont French Canadian Genealogical Society (VT-FCGS), located at the Vermont Genealogy Library at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester, since it began in 1996. Over the years I became interested in French ...

Published:  Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:33:00 GMT



A Career in Genetic Genealogy

One of the questions I'm asked regularly is how one might prepare for a career in genetic genealogy. I can't really answer that question very effectively, because there is no official path or course of study for this career. My own entry point was ...

Published:  Fri, 17 Mar 2017 01:00:00 GMT



Inspiring Genealogy Blogs - March 2017

The end of March approaches which brings us to another Inspiring Genealogy Blogs post. The following are a collection of posts that I've read over the past few months that I have found intriguing, useful and/or inspiring and wanted to share with you.

Published:  Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:01:00 GMT



From L.A. to La.: Actor Noah Wyle, lifelong Californian, discovers his Louisiana roots

His journey of discovery is chronicled in the latest episode of the TLC genealogy/history series "Who Do You Think You Are?," which since 2010 has been taking various celebrities on deep dives into their own personal histories. (Others featured this season ...

Published:  Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:02:00 GMT



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