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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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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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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!

Suspect linked to couple's 1987 killing through public genealogy site charged with murder

EVERETT, Wash. -- A Washington state trucker who authorities say was linked by a controversial new DNA technique to the 1987 deaths of a young Canadian couple has been charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder. William Earl Talbott II, 55 ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:17:00 GMT

Library offers new genealogy databases

Gwinnett County libraries are now offering several different genealogy databases making it easier for you to research your own family history or even community information. Richard Porter has one goal at work. "My role is to find out what they want, see ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:18:00 GMT

Dallas descendants of slaves discovered their roots long before online genealogy tools

For decades, two black genealogists in Dallas have been unearthing the history of their families dating back centuries - and they did the bulk of their work before genealogy websites and DNA kits became a cultural phenomenon. One is a retired federal ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:32:00 GMT

Build your genealogy skills at GeneaQuest Conference

The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois will host its biennial GeneaQuest Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Northern Illinois University Conference Center, 5555 Trillium Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. This all-day event ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:16:00 GMT

Mormons Will Recognize Same-Sex Couples in Their Genealogy Database

A large genealogy database sponsored by the Mormon church has said it will soon allow same-sex couples to submit their information. But that does not necessarily mean that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-which, in the past, has spoken ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:13:38 GMT

Tracing Our Roots: Genealogy Center classes this summer

The following is a release from the Genealogy Center announcing their summer classes in Genealogy. These are in the downstairs Genealogy Center program room. Did you know Google has an "Advanced Search" When I am researching my family history, I ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:52:00 GMT

Time Traveling With Genealogy Time At Houghton Lake Public Library

"They're like wow thank you for sharing," explained Jennifer Trzcienski, a library assistant at Houghton Lake Public Library. A common reaction when she helps people date their family back to centuries ago. "I love seeing their eyes when they find ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:42:00 GMT

Gwinnett libraries offering access to more genealogy databases

Gwinnett County libraries are now offering residents some new ways to learn about their ancestors. The county's library system announced that genealogy websites Findmypast, Fold3 and Gale Genealogy Connect have been added to its genealogy catalog.

Published:  Sat, 16 Jun 2018 20:52:00 GMT

Beginning DNA For Genealogy Seminar Set For Saturday

A "Beginning DNA for Genealogy" seminar will be held at the Northgate Library this Saturday from 10 a. m.-noon. Donna White-Dropkin, a professional genealogist with more than 20 years' experience will present a workshop on using your DNA in genealogy ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:26:00 GMT

Discover your ohana at genealogy workshop

The community is invited to the biggest genealogy event of 2018 in East Hawaii - Family Discovery Day! Be inspired to discover, celebrate and cherish your ohana relationships, past, present and future, including Hawaiian cultural relevance. The workshop ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:14:00 GMT

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