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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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Best in class
User Review of My Heritage by Axel on 14 October 2016

I maintain my family tree, as well as a wider project based on my surname (2000+ individuals) and publish my results on Ancestry, FamilySearch, GeneaNet and WikiTree. I have tried tools from all of these, none of them come close... (Read the full review)

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This is a very good program for working on ones genealogy
User Review of My Heritage by Ctomfin on 09 October 2016

I enjoy this site. I purchased the premium edition and use it daily. I have added thousands of people to my tree. On the mobile site you get a good tree which is easy to navigate. So far I have... (Read the full review)

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User Review of My Heritage by Dieter on 09 October 2016

Dear ladies and gentlemen, It works fine, from time to time I require technical help and Support. The Support is provided and helps to find & rectify the technical Problems. I wish the Support Team great success in dealing with... (Read the full review)

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Review from Phillip Moon
User Review of My Heritage by Phillip Moon on 09 October 2016

I have found all staff I have talked over problems with, to be friendly, knowledgeable, very polite who actually I can call my friends. Being disabled most people don't really want to help me, however these wonderful people go out... (Read the full review)

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My Heritage-Repair. Rafael was on line tech:8.0
User Review of My Heritage by Steever on 06 October 2016

Short review: Could not transfer data from my existing My Heritage to version 8.0. 1st fix was only partially successful (would not sync) I then left on a 3 week trip; when I returned there was an additional suggested fix... (Read the full review)

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