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MyTrees.com allows you to build a family tree with photos and notes. It utilizes international documents, which have been extracted from other sites, and seems to have improved on its own listings in recent years, offering more than a billion names.
That’s a lot of names, which has both advantages and disadvantages. Because the site holds international records, you may find yourself overloaded with results. However, MyTrees does offer advanced search options, allowing you to filter results more thoroughly.
The ‘resources’ section of the site is a welcome addition, providing a range of instructional materials and guides, as well as professional help. You can get in touch with professional genealogists and genealogical libraries, or even check out a range of product reviews. Products include scanners, digitizing services (for old photos and slides), and digital voice recorders – all useful tools in helping to improve your records. These resources are mostly free to access and are worth exploring, even if you decide not to use My Trees in the long run.
There are a range of free resources too, including genealogy software, forms, date converters, white pages and more. Unfortunately, the free software isn’t up to much, particularly when you compare it to others available on the market. In our opinion, if you’re looking for some decent genealogy software, you’d be better going elsewhere and paying a few more dollars for something which really works and won’t be frustrating.
The search options are one of the best features on this genealogy website. You can choose a wide range of searches, including specialized searches for living people or research interests. Books and records, such as newspaper extracts and local histories, can also be accessed easily. The main archives focus around the US, Canada, New Zealand and the UK, but you can also perform advanced global searches if needed.
The family tree dashboard allows you to upload or download your tree, as well as providing print options. You can find a particular person in the tree, a family branch or even merge branches and people. This is relatively simple to work out, but is a little limited in some ways and feels quite outdated.
Everything taken into consideration, MyTrees.com isn’t a bad resource, particularly for the free elements, but we’re not convinced that it offers great value for money. The system is a little simplistic, despite the decent search options. Still, it’s an extra option if you can’t find what you’re looking for elsewhere, and you can try the full service for ten days for $10.
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