PROS / It has distinct features like a professional genealogist directory, date converter, family tree maker and learning center.
CONS / While MyTrees does have some fun features, they aren't tools you'll need every day.
VERDICT / MyTrees has unique features on this website, but they aren't commonly needed tools. While it has plenty to offer, it falls short for outstanding, often-used features.
Looking deep into your family history takes a lot of research and hard work. It can be hard to focus on just one ancestor or work around dead ends in your research. Genealogy search engines like MyTrees are the best places to start looking for records about your family history or grow your family tree. MyTrees.com has one of the largest pedigree-linked databases we reviewed. U.S. records date back to the Revolutionary War up to the present day with an Internet Names database. As of now, there are almost 600 million records on this website. This genealogy website has essentials like common records, a family tree builder and a growing community, but MyTrees still lacks helpful features often found on other databases.
On this ancestry search, you can find standard sources such as U.S. and international census records, birth, marriage and death records for the essential facts. If you research family in the U.K., New Zealand or Europe, you'll have the most luck finding these types of records. International records apply to 37 countries, but you may not be able to find full census records for every country. In the database, we found passenger records for travel and immigration, including an entire section dedicated to Ellis Island. However, these records aren't local to MyTrees. Upon searching for an ancestor, the website takes you to The Ellis Foundation page to conduct the search again.
While this family finder has plenty to offer, the site is missing some useful records that separate it from the best genealogy searches. Within the MyTrees archives, you won't be able to find any Native American or Tribal records. This poses a problem to most Americans, many of whom claim Native American ancestry. You also won't be able to find court, land or probate records for your ancestors on MyTrees. These types of records give you an idea of any legal encounters your ancestors may have had during their life.
With any information you skim from MyTrees, you can build a family tree online and share with your friends and family directly. If you already have a growing family tree, you can upload a GEDCOM file to build on the information you already have. Creating a family tree online is similar to using standard genealogy software. On MyTrees' family tree maker, you can view, share, download and print your family tree directly from the website.
Just like in standard family tree software, you can add parents, siblings and spouses, merge branches and organize your family index. We're especially fans of the help section in the family tree area that explains each option thoroughly next to an image of the icon.
MyTrees has plenty of interesting features, just not all the essentials we were looking for. Many of these tools like the genealogist directory, date converter and learning center are useful, but not usually necessary. The site lacks flashier features like DNA testing or direct professional assistance, but lacking these features is understandable. They can be expensive and unnecessary.
However, MyTrees also lacks truly helpful features such as hints that bring up sources based on information in your family tree. You also can't add family pictures or media to bring your family tree to life. MyTrees has a small community and forums related to the site, but lacks some of the extra features like social media and member directories to interact with other MyTrees users.
MyTrees has many extra features, but falls short in some of the essential tools and family tree searches. Tools like the date calculator and genealogist directory are useful occasionally, but not as helpful as an app or family hints. MyTrees has an impressive amount of searchable records, but the genealogy site does not have quite the variety of documents that some of our top sites have such as probate or tribal records.