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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
 
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Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com

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Ancestry.co.uk is the UK portal for our number 1 genealogy site, Ancestry.com. 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.  Ancestry.co.uk is similar to Ancestry.com, with just a few subtle differences. The primary difference is the range of membership options available. The cheapest of...

» Read the Full Review of Ancestry.co.uk

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Ancestry.com.au is the Australian site for the incredibly popular Ancestry.com. 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...

» Read the Full Review of Ancestry.com.au

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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...

» Read the Full Review of MyHeritage.com

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US National Archives, hosted on Archives.gov, 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....

» Read the Full Review of Archives.gov/Research/Genealogy/Index.html

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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...

» Read the Full Review of Geneanet.com

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The National Archives UK, hosted on NationalArchives.gov.uk, 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...

» Read the Full Review of NationalArchives.gov.uk

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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 CWCG.org is great. You can easily perform a detailed search for a person, based on information such...

» Read the Full Review of CWGC.com

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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...

» Read the Full Review of FamilySearch.org

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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...

» Read the Full Review of FindMyPast.com

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Latest User Reviews

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Extending family trees
User Review of My Heritage by Alanj on 22 September 2016

Have been with this site for three years and it has helped me enormously in extending my family tree. There are lots of areas to search though sometimes the information I enter seems to be ignored. I recently had cause... (Read the full review)



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Genealogy website assistance is wonderful
User Review of My Heritage by Wakho on 14 September 2016

After the latest update of Family Tree Builder one of my family trees didn't work properly. I hate up-dates of computer programmes!!! So after a couple of days of trying to fix the problem and getting nowhere, the "tree" just... (Read the full review)



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Don't get much for your money
User Review of Family Tree DNA by Dna Disappointment on 06 September 2016

Thought I'd try this out but was disappointed to discover the limited results for the money. To find out detailed information, you have to keep purchasing more tests & products. Not what I expected at all. Read all of the... (Read the full review)



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Dont tell them your reletives' names
User Review of Family Tree DNA by Drakesire on 01 September 2016

I wanted to find out who the heck I was, and only had sketchy family information to go on. They ask for most distant known relative (its a trap!). I'm not certain who my father is but my I used... (Read the full review)



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Communication is non existent
User Review of Family Tree DNA by Edward Cockett on 31 August 2016

A reply to a query just never gets an answer

try another company don't waste your money



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