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GenesReunited.co.uk is primarily an interactive family tree builder. You can add photos and videos, building a profile which can help you get in touch with living relatives. The site’s archives are primarily devoted to genealogy in the UK, but you can also visit sister sites which operate for Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Since our last review of this site, the pricing structures have changed. Genes Reunited offers a generous 14 day free trial of its Platinum membership, and from there you can upgrade fully. Standard members may access non-indexed births, marriages and death records, or purchase credits to pay for exclusive access to a particular document.
If you want to access all the documents the site has to offer, you’ll need to upgrade to Platinum membership. This is more expensive, but still won’t break the bank at around £80 per year. However, this is considerably more expensive than the site used to be, which may put current members off subscribing for an additional year.
You can send and receive messages with other members, which is really handy for getting in touch with living relatives, for sharing research or simply for chatting about common interests. Platinum members can also view other members’ trees, which can provide a short cut for your research.
The family tree builder is easy to use and we like the profile pages which you can build. These allow you to easily gather information on a relative, which you can then extract from or add to in your own tree. Hot Matches is a potentially useful feature, too, providing suggestions on potential family members.
The downfall of borrowing from other trees is that members can become a bit lazy, simply copying other trees when the branches may be wrong. This then feeds into the Hot Matches, which scans similarities between families, and could therefore make incorrect suggestions. However, the site does allow families to upload photos and videos of their family history, which is a really engaging way of showing off your research.
With superior community features and a decent family tree building facility, Genes Reunited is worth considering. However, it’s more expensive than it used to be, and many of the communication tools are now restricted so that only paying members can use them. Still, they offer a 2 week free trial, with all the bells and whistles included, so why not give it a try?
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