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Genealogy Today stores around 6000 transcriptions, plus photos and other documents, primarily based on family surnames in North America and the UK, between 1830 and 1930. It retrieved data, images and stories from its members, offering several useful educational documents to help you improve your research.
The site hosts over 28,000 images and information on more than 4 million names. To help filter you way through them, you can perform an advanced search, allowing you to find ancestors based on their first and last names, time span, region, town and the archive provider.
GenealogyToday.com now provides a mobile app so you can update your account when on the move. In addition, members can update the archive with their own documents and family stories, meaning that new data is always being added.
A range of useful articles are available, as well as some research tips. The tips explain how to use the website, although they’re quite brief and would really benefit from expansion. The articles provide some great insights and are worth reading. What’s more, they’re free. You can also share articles by emailing them to friends and family.
Several archived materials can be accessed for free, whilst others are off-limits to free members. Upgrading your account to a subscription package unlocks these barriers and you can then gain unlimited access to all archived materials. Of the pieces we examined, the quality was high and the site’s database of transcriptions could prove useful.
Special collections include funeral cards and ration books, which can be accessed for free, whilst criminal records, railroad employees and more will require you to subscribe. Prices are low, although we did feel that the archives here weren’t as extensive as you will find elsewhere.
Genealogy Today doesn’t push a hard sale on you. It invites you to explore the site and to decide whether you’d like to subscribe in your own time. We like that approach, and appreciate the free information they provide. You can also seek assistance for free, although there aren’t really any community features on offer.
The site feels a little underdeveloped, particularly because its communication tools are very limited. In addition, it lacks tools for helping to produce in depth family trees. However, the store pages do sell software, if you’re interested in producing family trees.
GenealogyToday might prove useful as an additional resource for genealogy research. However, we’re not convinced that it offers enough to stand alone. Still, its low prices mean that many people could afford to use it as a back-up service.
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