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FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org

12/7/15

Family Search is the genealogy research window for the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS). This organization has been working extensively on genealogy research and digitizing and indexing such data stores. The site allows search with multiple edits without even requiring an account. If you do create an account this allows you to save records for easy retrieval. There is no fee. Many of the record retrievals link to digitized actual documents. In some cases the result will only give a summary because the actual record is housed at another site which requires an account. This is not often a big issue.

I keep my actual family tree records on MyHeritage but I use Familysearch for the majority of my record research. This is a tool every genealogist should have readily available.

MyHeritage

MyHeritage

12/3/15

I've been using MyHeritage for over two years. It is a fully functional and easy to navigate geanealogy and family tree website. The free access to MyHeritage limits the number of people documented in the tree to 250 people. There is also a limit to the amount of photo storage space you consume. With nearly 200 photos of people and documents I am using only 5% of the allowed space so this is less of an issue.

The website doesn't spam the members. You will get only occasional emails from MyHeritage with updates that have been made to your tree by you or other family members. You'll get notifications of upcoming birthdays and anniversaries which you can control. MyHeritage sends newsletters about new features and genealogy seminars from time to time. I'd say communication from MyHeritage to the users is "just right".

Navigation around the website is easy and intuitive. A lot of functions of the website seem to be well constructed by the developers as they appear and function just like you would have hoped they would.

If you stick with the free subscription you will need to use other sources for research into other databases. The Website will alert you that other documents have been found but only give you a tease of the contents. Premium membership is needed to view them. I just use other sources to view them.

MyHeritage also compares your family tree records with other users trees. When the same people are found in other trees the site notifies you and it allows you to copy some data from the other tree into yours. Contact with the Site Manager of the other family tree is restricted to Premium members.

All of my experiences with their service people have been terrific. My issues got responses by email in reasonable response time. I think support came from overseas in at least one or two instances.

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