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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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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.

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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.

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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 On the other hand, for those who are looking for census records, obituaries, and other types of historical documents, One Great Family does not provide access to that kind of information.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 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.

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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.

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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.

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 In The News

History and genealogy treasures at the Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Archive has preserved records and artifacts, dating from 1759, including photos, and 20,000 individual personnel records of past employees giving a glimpse into the history of St. James's Gate and Guinness' staff. The Guinness Archive, housed by ...

Published:  Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:01:00 GMT

Greenup genealogy group to meet

GREENUP, Ky. - The Greenup County Genealogy and Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Community Room at the Greenup County Public Library, 508 Main St., Greenup, Kentucky. This month's topic is "Finding the Maiden Names of Women ...

Published:  Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:01:00 GMT

Neosho library names its new genealogy room

NEOSHO, Mo. - With its grand opening rapidly approaching, the Neosho/Newton County Library announced the name of its new genealogy and local history room. The library's Board of Trustees and staff gathered on Friday inside the newly renovated building ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:51:00 GMT

Genealogy conference helps piece together family history puzzles

Ranie Stevenson is trying to put the puzzle together of her family history, but she's missing one piece. "We have a mystery in our family with my great-great-great grandfather. He came from Ireland at 18, 19-years-old, approximately, and we've never ...

Published:  Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:56:51 GMT

Third Annual Armenian Genealogy Conference to Take Place on June 9 in New Jersey

MAHWAH, N.J. (A.W.)-The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey will sponsor and host the third annual Armenian Genealogy Conference on June 9. According to organizers, the conference will help Armenians delve into ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:23:00 GMT

History, genealogy on the menu at Saturday meeting

History and genealogy have always been two of my favorite subjects. Even as a child, I was fascinated with the handwritten records kept in the old family Bibles and the decades-old newspaper clippings pressed between the pages - obituaries, remedies for ...

Published:  Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:48:00 GMT

Cobb County Genealogy Society Monthly Meeting will be Tuesday

The Cobb County Genealogy Society will have its Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, from 7 to 8 p.m. Seventh-generation Georgian Dr. Joseph H. Kitchens will speak to the Society on "Georgia's Native American People," describing their history and ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:05:00 GMT

Laramie County Library to host class on DNA genealogy lecture

About 18 months ago, the Laramie County Library's Special Collection Librarian Elaine Hayes decided to do a DNA test. She wanted to learn more about her genealogy. She had an account on and that helped her fill in some of her family tree.

Published:  Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:18:00 GMT

Genealogy Workshop at library

GREENVILLE - The Greenville Public Library genealogy specialist Carolyn Fisher will host "Genealogy 101" on Tuesday, April 24 at 2 p.m. to share her journey of helping others delve into their past and the resources that she uses to achieve success ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:43:00 GMT

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