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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!

Napkin, genealogy site leads to arrest in 1993 murder case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A businessman has been charged with fatally stabbing a Minneapolis woman in 1993 after investigators ran DNA evidence from the murder scene through a genealogy website and obtained ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 22:46:00 GMT

Genealogy DNA Leads to Arrest in 1993 Murder of Alaska Student Found Dead in Dorm Bathtub

DNA evidence has connected a Maine man to the 1993 sexual assault and killing of a young Alaska student murdered while staying with a friend in a college residence hall, officials said. Steven Harris ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:11:00 GMT

North Iowa genealogy society hosts open house at new Mason City space

"It's impressive, isn't it" said Sandra Turner, genealogical society librarian, Friday morning at the Masonic Temple Association of Mason City. The North Central Iowa Genealogical Society ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:02:00 GMT

Man's discarded napkin, genealogy site leads to arrest in 1993 stabbing death

This undated photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office shows Jerry Westrom. A businessman is charged with fatally stabbing a Minneapolis woman in 1993 after investigators ran DNA evidence ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:51:00 GMT

Irish genealogy workshop slated in Pittsburgh

With St. Patrick's Day less than a month away, Irish genealogy experts will discuss genealogical research at the annual Irish Genealogy Workshop on March 18 at the Heinz History Center, Smallman ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 03:52:00 GMT

Tossed napkin, genealogy site lead to hockey dad's arrest in woman's brutal 1993 killing

A Minnesota man was arrested last week after DNA from a used napkin he threw away at his daughter's hockey game matched DNA left at the scene of the brutal 1993 stabbing death of a Minneapolis woman. ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:47:00 GMT

Investigators in Alaska used DNA from a genealogy website to pinpoint a suspect in a 26-year-old murder case

Steven H. Downs, of Auburn, Maine, was arrested on Friday in connection to the the April 26, 1993 murder of 20-year-old Sophie Sergie. Downs was charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault. Ch...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:11:00 GMT

East Point man says genealogy leads him to Presidents Obama, Bush and others

EAST POINT, Ga. - D. Gordon Draves has been a member of the East Point Historical Society for decades. As a lover of history, Draves rides his bicycle all over the country, visiting memorials and othe...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:48:00 GMT

Genealogy and Historical Society visits Mount Pleasant, Prince Memorial Church

The East Parker County Genealogy and Historical Society invited the public to join their meeting Saturday morning where Raymond George led tours of the Mount Pleasant Colored School and Prince Memoria...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:41:00 GMT

Will Advancements In DNA and Genealogy Help Catch California's Infamous Zodiac Killer

For decades, the infamous Zodiac Killer - who killed at least five people in California in the 1960s and claimed to have killed more than 30 - has never been identified, despite his letters to local m...

Published:  Fri, 25 Jan 2019 09:42:00 GMT

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