Reviews of the Top 10 Genealogy Sites

Welcome to our reviews of the Best Genealogy Sites of 2016 (also known as Family Tree Websites). Check out our top 10 list below and follow our links to read our full in-depth review of each genealogy site, alongside which you'll find costs and features lists, user reviews and videos to help you make the right choice.

Editor's Top 10 Buying Guide image is our highest rated genealogy website. It offers top notch searching features to help you hunt through billions of online documents and reports, plus user-friendly family tree building tools. You can upload photos, write stories and notes, collaborate on projects with site members or professional researchers. It also trains you to become a better researcher, offering a selection of affordable membership options for amateur and professional researchers alike....

» Read the Full Review of image is the UK portal for our number 1 genealogy site, You can build an in depth family tree with images and stories, collaborate on projects, upload photos and more. There are also DNA testing services, plus the opportunity to seek help from expert researchers. is similar to, with just a few subtle differences. The primary difference is the range of membership options available. The cheapest of...

» Read the Full Review of image is the Australian site for the incredibly popular As you might expect, it is more focused on Australian lineages and history, also allowing full access to UK archives. The site offers a mobile app, a range of paid extras (such as DNA tests, family tree building software, expert collaborations and more) plus a range of very useful collaboration tools. We’re not particularly surprised that Ancestry comes out...

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My Heritage provides a very substantial archive of varied historic records, which can be used to create large family trees. It also makes recommendations on potential ancestors based on other family trees, offering unlimited storage for premium plus members.  The range of documents and reports available on MyHeritage is impressive, and the search is quick to perform. You can also narrow down search results by adding filters, or using...

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US National Archives, hosted on, is a national collection of documents which spans US (and some world) history. It offers free online access to a wide range of documents, with special collections on veterans service records and several key historic eras and events. Whilst a lot of its documents and information aren’t available online, and access to some documents may cost money, the majority are available for free....

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Geneanet is a family-friendly website with genealogical archives to help you build your family tree. It has several tools for collaborative research, including forums. You can seek collaborative assistance, import previous GEDCOM information and upload your own photos and stories. Whilst Geneanet doesn’t have quite as many records as other websites, it does a decent job at providing an overall genealogy package. You can perform a search through the...

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The National Archives UK, hosted on, are a world famous resource for finding documents covering more than 1,000 years of UK history. Whilst this site might not be perfect for building family trees, sharing photos and reuniting with living relatives, it has a huge amount of historic information, including films and photos. If you want to delve in the UK’s past, this is the place to come. The...

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) image
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is a completely free resource. It helps you to find out about the lives and deaths of people who died during the two world wars, caring for memorials and cemeteries in over 23,000 locations around the globe. The amount and quality of the information available on is great. You can easily perform a detailed search for a person, based on information such...

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Family Search is a LDS-led initiative for documenting and sharing family histories. You can build a family tree, add photos, video and audio, perform extensive research and ask family members to get involved. Whilst it doesn’t have quite as much data as some of our top sites, if you find what you’re looking for then it’s a great free resource for uploading and sharing genealogy research. FamilySearch has made...

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Find My Past aims to help you to learn about your family history. It offers family-tree building tools which allow you to attach multimedia files to a relative’s profile. You can also explore military history, news articles, and a wide range of over 2 billion records. The site is primarily focused on the UK, but you can also pay for World membership, which covers the USA, Canada, Australia and...

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Latest User Reviews

My Heritage image
Excellent customer service
User Review of My Heritage by Daina on 16 May 2016

I've been on My Heritage for a number of years. I didn't really know what I was doing when I set up the family trees, and ended up with 3 websites and 3 family trees, at least two of which... (Read the full review)

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Let the buyer Beware!
User Review of Pro Genealogists by Grace on 20 April 2016

My understanding was that I would be kept apprised of research being done. The ProGen17 tree would be available for me to see as progress was made. No, that doesn't happen, or didn't in my case. The ProGen website says... (Read the full review)

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Questionable business practice
User Review of Family Tree DNA by Jack-m269 on 26 March 2016

Everything about the service is just to continue to extract more fees for the service. They slowly process your DNA which you pay a high price for an initial generic report. Ok, then they have you hooked and hold useful... (Read the full review)

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Waste of money
User Review of Pro Genealogists by Stillooking For Ancestors on 21 March 2016

They didn't do what I requested. I asked them to find out where my German ancestors came from but that's not what I got. They gave me names and documents I already had and stopped short of crossing the Atlantic.

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Cant Complain About Service
User Review of My Heritage by Paul Morris on 10 March 2016

This is the first time I have rung Myheritage to ask a question. The professional attitude and easy manner in which Shimon helped me with my Inquiry was outstanding. My experience with the family tree program has been exceptional also.... (Read the full review)

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