10 Websites to Help Search and Enjoy Your Family Tree


Misty is just beginning to search her family tree, but is finding it a daunting task. Her desk is piled with papers, photos, and documents, and it’s getting difficult to distinguish fact from guesswork. When her cousin Sara visited, she told Misty that genealogy isn’t a headache, if you have access to a computer.


In fact, searching one’s ancestry online is becoming easier, if not more enjoyable.


Besides signing up for an account at FullFamilyTree.com, here are 10 other websites to help you with a more accurate search:


  1. CensusRecords.com: Most people trust information gathered for the US Census, which has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. This is a great supplement to use when wanting accurate records, from addresses to number of household members. You can conduct an online search for records at this site at no cost, but to view photos and full transcripts, you must pay in credits that you earn on the site. A slight disadvantage for those wanting a simple approach to simple answers. FullFamilyTree has no such requirements or fees, and you get the added bonus of interacting with real relatives and exchanging information and photos in a social setting, similar to Facebook.


  1. The Genographic Project at NationalGeographic.com: This is one of several places you can purchase a DNA kit. Currently, this site offers the kit for approximately $160.00. With one simple swab, it’s possible to determine if you have Neanderthal or Denisovan ancestry. The kit that the test comes in is yours to keep, for storing records or other trinkets.


  1. BeenVerified.com: This site offers public records at a reasonable rate, but contains no information that may have been gathered by a private investigator or consumer credit agency. This is a fast, easy way to obtain vital statistics information.


  1. FindMyPast.com: This website is a collection of newspaper archives that one can search, for information that has the ability to reach back hundreds of years and in many locations around the world.



  1. Military.Archives.com: This site has a wealth of information of persons who signed up to enter the military, including birthdates, cities, and other family information.


  1. Amazon.com: Here you will find just the right memory book to hold and display all of your physical photos, papers, letters, notes, and forms. The internet has you covered as far as the virtual family tree is concerned, but there is nothing like holding your family history in your hands. These family tree albums are a keepsake to be treasured and passed down from generation to generation.


  1. Ancestry.mycanvas.com: This website offers a poster that integrates all of your family tree information. For about $20, you can display your family history on your wall instead of keeping it stored in a drawer or on a bookshelf.


  1. Hallmark.com: This site has physical family trees for displaying small family photos. This is a unique way to display multiple family photos in one space-saving place.


  1. 4crests.com: This is a terrific site if you’re into researching your family crests. This site offers your family crest on a variety of products, from rings, to clothing, to flags.


  1. FamilyTreeMagazine.com: This is the site of an online magazine devoted to the subject of family trees. Here you will find lots of tips and tricks to assist you on your search. The print version of 7 issues is offered for $24, and, at this time, is also offered on multiple digital platforms, like Amazon Kindle, iTunes, Google Play, and Nook.


Tammy Ruggles

Tammy Ruggles is a freelance writer based in Kentucky. She enjoys art, photography, film, and spending time with family and friends.

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