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Category: Genealogy Sites (AKA Family Tree Websites)
Website: http://www.familysearch.org



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15 REVIEWS AVAILABLE
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Beware of this site
27 September 2019
Reviewer: Geneologydean from Ohio, USA

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

It provides a lot of information about people years ago. The bad is if you join to put your geneology tree in. Be careful. I put in first hand information about my family and someone changed my ancestors. This is information I know direct. It was my family. When I contact them about it and they blew me off. They even contact me and tried to make me feel dumb. It hurt very much. I've been doing my genealogy for forty years. I know my ancestors, especially my direct family which should go without saying, but they felt they knew my mother better than I did. Really! Get real! I had no way of taking down my tree so I eliminated my information. I understand other people have had this problem also. I no longer use them.

In summary, I would not recommend Family Search to a friend.



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Useful if iffy connections. For a free site it's pretty good
24 September 2019
Reviewer: Actiasluna from Alexandria, VA

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

I've not used Family Search for long, but noticed very quickly that I was able to enter my pretty well-researched famiily tree easily, and made a few possibly accurate discoveries.

However... I am also able to follow my family tree in unbroken chains to the following:
Charlemagne
Boudicea/Boudica (she's in there twice at least)
Catherine Howard (of Henry Tudor fame)
Kings and Queens and other royalty and nobility of every stripe (over the whole of the UK, Europe, into Turkey, etc)
Pre-Roman Britain
(I think you get the picture)

Several things are possible:
- My family IS actually full of historic figures (doubtful.. Some, maybe. More likely, not.)
- Some individuals intentionally tied relatives to royalty to make it seem true (possible, to likely)
- The site is rife with erroneous relationship links (possible... Some almost comical or "jokey" errors, like wife of some ancient guy in the 600-900s having a modern name and 1900s birthdate)
- There is a load of nonsense due to the site's "open source" collaboration (quite possible)
- The sites it pulls from have many duplicates and errors in lineages (also quite possible)

So... while it is entertaining to see who I can find at the end of each line, I wouldn't be inclined to take it very... (Read the full review)

In summary, I would recommend Family Search to a friend.



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Family Search Review - Ease of Use
17 March 2019
Reviewer: Cnb from Atlanta, GA

8 of 15 people found this review helpful

I uploaded my gedcom file in Family Search and noted that unlike other genealogy websites, don't expect this website to display the gedcom file you upload. This was really frustrating to say the least as I have over 5k names listed in my tree from the past 21 years. I have effectively verified most of the information I have, but it's hard to tell if the source documentation itself even uploads.

I spoke with one person and she was somewhat helpful, but her advice didn't make the process any easier, you will still have to enter your family tree information manually which can take hours if not months of work.
The other problem is that instructions read like bad stereo instructions, the average user will find them hard to follow. The website isn't user friendly.

I tried comparing my gedcom to Family Search info and found that what you get is close matches, but not source documentation or anything else to compare to, again it becomes a "user friendly" issue. Most people research family information need accuracy and that's not here. I found many folks listing children born to mothers in their 50's which begs accuracy.

I can't recommend this... (Read the full review)

In summary, I would not recommend Family Search to a friend.



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Free site, collaborative tree
14 May 2017
Reviewer: An Old Timer from Chicago, IL, USA

18 of 36 people found this review helpful

This site is continuing to add features and it is not always easy to find what you are looking for. It is divided into two major areas and several other areas.

What most people, including the reviewer on this site, do not understand is that there are -no- individual trees, except those that are uploaded into a read-only area via GEDCOM files.

The major tree is one single collaborative open-edit tree that is intended to cover the entire human race. Living persons are private, available only to those who create them. Deceased persons are generally open-edit, except for those born before 1500 and certain celebrity personalities (mostly attached to the early Mormon Church leadership).

The tree was created from previous tree systems used by the Genealogical Society of Utah (now FamilySearch) and contains many duplicates which patrons can merge to help clean up the tree. It has a built-in source linker that can be used to link sources from the Historical Records Collection (which is the other major section) with their respective persons in the tree.

Two searches are available. One search covers the massive tree (currently there are over 1.1 Billion names in the tree) and it is access... (Read the full review)

In summary, I would recommend Family Search to a friend.



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Mormon Church, thanks
03 November 2016
Reviewer: Carla from Healdsburg, CA

40 of 75 people found this review helpful

This place offers what other sites charge for. I tried those other sites, then a friend told me about going to the Mormon church. You have to find a church that has the lab set up. They had a staff there to accommodate my needs, get me going, and show me how to use their site. I love going there, and when I am stuck, if they can't answer my needs, they will get a call in to someone who can. No charge. Free. Can't beat that!!

In summary, I would recommend Family Search to a friend.



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Useless
31 March 2015
Reviewer: Yvonne from New Zealand

52 of 105 people found this review helpful

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The search engine is next to useless. If I want to find a marriage between two people, for example, and enter the names, I get a long list of completely irrelevant results with the groom's name as the father of the bride/groom and a list of names as the possible spouse. Other searches yield similarly unhelpful results. Don't waste your time. The free version of ancestry.com is more useful.

In summary, I would not recommend Family Search to a friend.



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Ridiculous
31 August 2014
Reviewer: Ldsgirl from Utah

113 of 213 people found this review helpful

Very difficult to even get started. I couldn't even find my own grandfather with his year of birth. He died over a year ago so I should have been able to connect to him. Can't see my mother's line at all. Ridiculous amount of effort for zero return. Help was unavailable when I asked for it.

In summary, I would not recommend Family Search to a friend.



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Best free online gen research site anywhere
26 April 2014
Reviewer: Leona Bell from California

124 of 247 people found this review helpful

I have been using the genealogy research resources made available for free online by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for quite a few years, including their current Family Search website. Even though there was some disruption of service for a bit while the church got their current family search site up and running, in general I have found this resource very useful. The church has extensive searchable records, with more being added over time. There are also some pedigrees (family trees) submitted by others who enjoy doing genealogy research on their families.

Registration to use the site is easy, and the initial search engine on the site is easy to use. You can set up a family tree for yourself and your family (information on those still living is kept confidential) and this can be added to as more research gives you more information. In addition, the family tree you create can be used to conduct more searching of the records the site has available and will still be there whenever you visit the site again.

The online help features (both FAQ type information, and online chat with a helpful genealogy research volunteer) can... (Read the full review)

In summary, I would recommend Family Search to a friend.



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Ineffective
02 November 2013
Reviewer: The Searcher from Michigan, USA

139 of 265 people found this review helpful

Initially it is EXTREMELY difficult to search for accuracy of records. Their previous search program was much easier to navigate and records were promptly found. Under the current program the user must search through thousands of records before locating the right one. This program is the last one of my list of research tools due to the time it takes to navigate and search. It should not be this hard.

In summary, I would not recommend Family Search to a friend.



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Still working on it
10 January 2013
Reviewer: Jimcat from Indiana

150 of 302 people found this review helpful

Familysearch.org is migrating old information to the new site. I was told it should be done or close to done by middle of 2013. I have been using it for a bit over a month. I have called for assistance and have had wonderful support on how to search a bit easier. If you click on search then scroll to the area your looking to find information.. for example scroll to the bottom of the records page and select United States, from there choose a state, example Pennsylvania, you will then see the Historical Record Collections

You then will be able to determine the records that they have posted.. which will make or break your search.. but they have mentioned a lot more to come by middle of 2013

I may still look at Archives.com for the price and the free 7 day trial

In summary, I would recommend Family Search to a friend.



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