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We have awarded Ancestry.com.au our prestigious Bronze Award in this category, having reviewed 36 Genealogy Sites. Read our review below to find out why...
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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 on top so often. Its range of features is comprehensive, covering family-tree building, to DNA testing. It’s suitable for beginners, allowing you to perform basic searches and to locate documents easily. It’s also great for more seasoned researchers, providing in depth search options and access to rarer documents.
The family tree builder is easy to use, allowing you to start from scratch or upload a GEDCOM file. Most records on the site are from 1754 until around 1960, and you’ll find more success finding information on someone in your tree if they’re born before 1930. That makes this system a little less useful for keeping information on living relatives, but it’s still possible to find that kind of data if you need it.
Hints are provided as you build, and you can opt to keep your trees private or allow others to view them. You can even choose to collaborate with your family to help build your family tree. Members can add photos and stories about relatives, building a unique collection which you can enjoy. Moving between parts of the tree is simple, as is incorporating your online research.
There are a variety of searches to perform, helping you to focus on the exact person you’re looking for. You can also opt to search for a particular kind of document, avoiding long lists of unnecessary files.
DNA tests can easily be ordered, offering a breakdown of your ancestry. You can also choose to seek the help of a professional researcher, although this will cost extra. If you wish to collaborate for free, you might seek the support of a family member or friend, or even another member on the site who is willing to lend a hand. The site’s forums are a good place to share your ideas and seek support.
Ancestry Australia offers plenty of online documents and videos to help you with your research, which is great to see. These really support your improvement as a researcher and help you to find the best information possible.
This site isn’t one of the cheaper genealogy websites available, but you get what you pay for in this case. Its superior features, data, ease of use and support network make it an excellent website. The extra dollars you might spend, in our opinion, are well worth it. If you’re not yet sure, why not give the 14 day free trial a go, and find out for yourself?
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