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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!

Greenup genealogy group meets Feb. 22

GREENUP, Ky. - The Greenup County Genealogy and Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the community room at the Greenup County Public Library, 508 Main St., Greenup, Kentucky. The society hosts a webinar called "Document Your ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:01:00 GMT

All in the family: Quest for black history began with genealogy

"As I look more into the history, all of this, it's as if God has placed this in front of me. I wish I had started 50 years ago." - Andre Head, historian and president of the Black Research Genealogy Group Before they began researching the history of ...

Published:  Sun, 11 Feb 2018 02:00:00 GMT

Augusta Genealogical Society: Learn how to research your Irish genealogy

It is estimated some 36 million Americans claim Irish as their primary ethnicity. Ireland has exported its population around the world for centuries - something that has become known as the Irish Diaspora. Some left for better economic opportunities ...

Published:  Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:17:00 GMT

Genealogy class planned for Monday

The Dodge/Jefferson Counties Genealogical Society will present the first in a series of free classes on genealogy Monday at 7 p.m. at the Watertown Senior and Community Center. This session, targeted at beginners, will focus on manual methods of ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:40:00 GMT

Genealogy Gifts: Could looking into your past cost you in the future

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Red hair, green eyes, and a curiosity to know where it all began. Brooke Nigh had a lot of questions about where she came from and the answers seemed to lie in a DNA testing kit she got from her husband for Christmas. So she spit into ...

Published:  Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Special Genealogy Workshop: Maximizing

The first special-topic genealogy class, Maximizing, will take place on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 6:30 pm. is one of the most popular and valued genealogical tools in the world. Understanding and maximizing its usefulness is ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:20:00 GMT

Genealogy 'Focus On' Series: Telling Your Ancestors' Stories

In his book "A Whole New Mind," Carlsbad Reads Together author Daniel Pink includes a chapter on "Story" in which he stresses the importance of a narrative sense in the modern age. Explore the various tools and methods available to genealogists for ...

Published:  Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:22:00 GMT

Cobb County Genealogy Society to have monthly meeting on Feb. 27

The Cobb County Genealogy Society will have their monthly meeting on Feb. 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church Street in Marietta. The topic will be "Handwriting, Misspellings and Red Flags." Maggie Thomas will ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:56:00 GMT

Word from Elburn: Town and Country Public Library offers Lego, Irish and genealogy events

February is a month most closely associated with big red hearts and fluttering cupids. But even after Valentine's Day has come and gone, there are still plenty of programs to love at the Town and Country Public Library. This month, the library welcomes ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:17:00 GMT

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