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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
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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!

Genealogy sites are helping birth parents find children they placed for adoption - but not everyone wants to be found

DeAnn Link is searching for her daughter. She'd be 23 years old now. Link said she gave birth in a Chicago hospital in 1996 at age 18, and the baby was placed with an adoptive family. She has searched ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Apr 2019 03:52:38 GMT

A year after Golden State Killer arrest, genealogy pro keeps solving crimes

Barbara Rae-Venter was browsing her emails last month, wading through numerous media requests for interviews, when she noticed a message from Time magazine. In the year since she gained international ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Apr 2019 04:14:00 GMT

Genetic genealogy, discarded coffee cup leads to arrest in Washington county's oldest cold case

Investigators say they've identified a suspect in a Washington county's oldest cold case using genetic genealogy and DNA from a discarded coffee cup. CBS affiliate KIRO reports 77-year-old Terrence ...

Published:  Fri, 12 Apr 2019 11:32:00 GMT

From DNA tests to family trees, here's a road map to researching your genealogy

When Steve Ryan inherited a copy of a World War I-era photo showing his great-great uncle Spence McAulay in the uniform of the Royal Scots - the oldest regiment in the British Army - he was intrigued. ...

Published:  Mon, 08 Apr 2019 09:03:00 GMT

Genealogy program planned at library

Salem Public Library, 821 E. State St., will host the genealogy program, "Estate Planning Genealogy Style," at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The speaker, Marge Greenisen, will provide information about the ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:59:00 GMT

Texas authorities identify 2 victims in decades-old 'Killing Fields' murders using genetic genealogy

Texas authorities identify 2 victims in decades-old 'Killing Fields' murders using genetic genealogy originally appeared on Investigators in Texas have identified the remains of two ...

Published:  Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:39:00 GMT

DAR to host genealogy session

The Matilda Polk Campbell Chapter/ DAR will host a genealogy research and informational meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Cedar County Library in Stockton. For more information, email ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:14:00 GMT

Genealogy event to highlight use of online DNA testing

SPRINGFIELD - As an adopted family member growing up in New Jersey, Wendy Libowitz had little information to use for school assignments related to biological family history. Today, Libowitz can trace ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Apr 2019 08:29:00 GMT

Genealogy Road Show returns

MANCHESTER - The 20th annual Family History Day and Genealogy Road Show returns to Manchester from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Town Hall, 41 Center St. This event is open to everyone with a ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:40:00 GMT

Genealogy Products and Services Gaining Traction in Forensics Thereby Impacting Market Growth at 11.4% CAGR During 2018-2024, Details Fact.MR Study

ROCKVILLE, Maryland, April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Fact.MR has been actively inspecting the overall status prevailing across the global market for genealogy products & services. This assessment ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Apr 2019 03:30:00 GMT

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