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Online Family Tree Search

Published 05/28/2012 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for? is a family history search resource. Users can visit the homepage and begin looking for documents and data by name and U.S. state. A free document search through Fold3 is offered so users can get started without signing up for a subscription. News is listed on the homepage as well so users can see recently added features and search options. Specific document collections are also showcased on the homepage, such as international and passenger records and the U.S. census records. Users can begin building a family tree and share it with others online. The user can start with a basic first and last name search and later refine their search with dates of birth and death and/or a middle name. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app? is a part of the network. The service offers users access to a number of data bases as well as a basic free search function. So far has not made a strong impression with users. It has gone mostly unnoticed, and it is easy to see why. The service doesn’t feel well organized and seems to be more of a traffic driver for other services within the network.

What are the differences to other apps?

The main difference between Genealogy and other services is its rather unorganized design. The application offers users many of the same exact features found on other ancestry research websites. Users can look for family members by name and begin building family trees. The main difference is that seems to be more advertisement than individual application. The site mostly directs users to other related services.

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How does the web app look and feel to use? greets users with a cluttered interface that could benefit from some wide open space. Some elements are strong, such as the traditional logo with feather pen and elegant font. The rest of the page feels squeezed together, with links and search fields for the site and other sites. The user never really knows if they are navigating to another area on or leaving for another site when clicking a link or performing a search.

How does the registration process work?

New users can join the community by clicking the gold “My” button in the upper navigation bar. The use can click the “My Profile” link in the left hand side bar followed by the blue “Register for Free” link at the top, center of the next page. The website really asks for far too many clicks just to access the registration form. Once the user has finally jumped through enough hoops to access the form, they are required to supply a first and last name and email address. The user is automatically logged in after submitting the form.

What does it cost to use the application? offers users three subscription plans to choose from. The first is a Basic plan which costs $69.99 per year and includes access to the family tree maker and the Genealogy Library. The mid-range Deluxe plan costs $99.99 per year and adds the World Family Tree tool. The Gold plan costs $199.99 per year and upgrades to include access to U.S. Census records as well as international and passenger records.

Who would you recommend the application to? is difficult to recommend to any family history researcher. The service may be helpful as a secondary research tool, but users may find that it is not user friendly. There are many services that come with a more convenient design and better quality service overall for the same price or less. could benefit from an interface makeover and improvements in general website functionality.

  • Search for family history online
  • Choose between three subscription plans
  • Build online family trees
  • Access U.S. Census records
  • Link to other services

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