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The Genealogist specialises in providing information for British genealogy research. Its non-UK records are therefore quite slim, but the site hosts a substantial image archive, as well as offering DNA tests. Members can read or write blog posts, finding out about recent projects which may affect their research.
This site is generally easy to use and navigate around, though filtering through results could be a little easier. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, the quality and accuracy of records can sometimes be of variable quality. On the whole, though, we were satisfied with our search results.
There are several packages to choose from. 90 days’ access (with 50 credits) to the BMD (Birth, Marriage, Death) Index is just £5. Otherwise, you can pay for unlimited access to the site’s archives, with prices starting at around £55 per year. This is pretty cheap, although it’s not fantastic value for money considering the documents are pretty much restricted to the UK.
Upgrading to a diamond account unlocks some unique information which you cannot access through the cheaper packages. This includes special information on landowners, directories, electoral records and military records. Whole sections are blocked off to non-diamond members, including royal records, heritage records, newspapers and magazines. Consequently, this can really reduce the usefulness of non-diamond membership. So, if you want to access all the information available on TheGenealogist.co.uk, you will probably need to upgrade to diamond membership. This is a bit disappointing, but it’s worth checking out which sections you can search on a cheaper membership before upgrading. You might discover that a slightly cheaper option will actually include what you’re looking for.
TheGenealogist also offers DNA testing services for paternity, maternity and ethnicity verification. This is particularly useful if you’re hitting a dead end when trying to find your family.
Family tree tools are lacking, and there aren’t as many community features as we might prefer. Finding information about family members is possible, but communicating with them, sharing your photos and more, is limited.
Extra options include a newsletter, Facebook and Twitter groups, plus a shop which sells binding and publishing products, charts, flip-pal scanners and more. Software is also available through the shop, including RootsMagic UK, although this probably isn’t the cheapest site to buy through.
The Genealogist suffers from being a little limited in its range of tools, and for anyone who wants to do genealogy research outside of the UK. Still, if the UK is your main focus, this is a resource worth checking out.
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