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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.

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5 stars
Ancestry 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


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

3.5 stars
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

3 stars
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 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

2.5 stars
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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Also, 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.

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, curious individuals can get scientific evidence of their roots, connect with people who have shared ancestors, even discover family traits that have been passed down for generations.

  • 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? 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!

Irish genealogy and history events, 24 April to 5 May

Monday 24 April: Nomadic, Titanic's little sister, with Frances James. Plus AGM. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. BT40 1DZ. Free. 7:30pm.

Published:  Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:23:00 GMT

Woodfork Genealogy, LLC is Preserving the History of Kimball Elementary in Washington, DC

Woodfork Genealogy, LLC, has initiated a local history project to research, document and preserve the history of Kimball Elementary in Washington, DC. Burtonsville, MD, April 24, 2017 --( Marion Woodfork Simmons, owner of Woodfork Genealogy, LLC ...

Published:  Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:14:00 GMT

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many Trees in Your Database?

,,, I wrote about the 1940 U.S. Census Enumeration District Finder prepared by Steve Morse and Joel Weintraub three weeks ago. Joel ale... ... Did you miss that genealogical conference or seminar that your genea-friends or favorite genea-blogger raved ...

Published:  Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:38:00 GMT

5 Tips To Have A Fantastic First Genealogy Conference Experience

Have you ever attended an NGS Family History conference? Just imagine".4 days of nothing but learning about genealogy. Talking about your ancestors. Meeting like minded genealogists. You might even meet a cousin or two. [I did! I came home from the ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:45:00 GMT

Genealogy News Episode 101

The National Genealogical Society has a new social media policy for its upcoming conference. No audio or video recording devices are going to be allowed in the exhibit hall or in any of the presentations. That means that bloggers cannot do interviews in ...

Published:  Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:33:00 GMT

Genealogy Researchers Gather At LDS Church To Build Family History

Researchers turned back the clock at the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints off McBean Parkway to learn about genealogical research at the SCV Family History and Technology Fair. Don't miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News ...

Published:  Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:48:00 GMT

New! - Muller/Mueller Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective

Got any Millers in your family tree? Silly question" Don't we all? Family Roots Publishing recently teamed with Fred Siler to publish what we plan to be a series of books dealing the heraldry of Germanic families. Fred brought the idea to me some ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:23:00 GMT

A Genealogy of Fantasy Play (with a Special Nod to Iceland)

Today, fantasy role-playing video games-in which players assume the role of heroes wielding swords, casting spells, riding dragons, and battling monsters-are among the most popular and influential of games. Yet if we consider the examples found in The ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:44:00 GMT

Calif. genealogy group to offer free webinars

The Southern California Genealogical Society is again making its twice monthly educational webinars available to the public for free. Last week's column published the 2017 webinars through September. This week completes the list. To register for any of ...

Published:  Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:09:00 GMT

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