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Genealogy Review

Editor's Note: This product has been removed from viewing as part of this site because it has been discontinued.

Our Verdict

We are impressed with genealogy.com and its U.S. data collection, but this site needs to improve on access to international records.

For

  • Genealogy.com encourages and supports a community of researchers.

Against

  • Site is geared mainly towards U.S. users.
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Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site and its home page, which can help you search for relatives by name.

Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site and its home page, which can help you search for relatives by name.
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Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site and its opening search page.

Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site and its opening search page.
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Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site and some of the advice it offers for finding ancestors.

Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site and some of the advice it offers for finding ancestors.
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Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site and some of the instruction it offers about finding your religious roots.

Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site and some of the instruction it offers about finding your religious roots.
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Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site, which offers instruction for beginning genealogists.

Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site, which offers instruction for beginning genealogists.
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Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site, which helps encourage users to build family trees by showing celebrity trees.

Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site, which helps encourage users to build family trees by showing celebrity trees.
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Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site, which offers a virtual cemetery to help locate ancestors without traveling.

Screenshot image shows the Genealogy.com genealogy search site, which offers a virtual cemetery to help locate ancestors without traveling.

Editor's Note: This product has been removed from viewing as part of this site because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

Genealogy.com has an outdated and disorderly look to its layout compared to some other genealogy search sites, but make no mistake, it is packed with good information. You will be able to find an impressive selection of U.S. census and passenger records here so this is a great place for researching your family records in the United States, but you may want to turn to another genealogy search site for a more international focus.

There is a rather large educational element to this genealogy search site that also might be helpful for new genealogists. The learning center offers articles like "Making Sense of the U.S. Census" and "Turning Piles Into Files" as well as step-by-step lessons about certain types of research.

Genealogy.com is well-known and well liked in the world of family research. It will be a great place to start if your family has a long history in the United States.

Genealogy.com has several types of databases available.

Genealogy Library is a comprehensive collection of online records that contain birth, marriage and death facts, plus details about children, religious affiliation, land holdings, court proceedings, military service and more. This database currently has over 300 million names, covers the entire U.S. from the 16th to the 20th century and continues to grow monthly.
World Family Tree features hundreds of thousands of family trees that you can view online or download to your desktop.

U.S. Census is a collection from Genealogy.com and includes all the entry images available for every state and every decade from 1790 to1930. This collection encompasses all the census data available within this time period (550 million entries spanning 140 years).

International & Passenger is a collection of passenger lists for all of America's major Atlantic ports, plus European, British and Canadian records. They provide the immigrant's name, names of family members, dates of vital events, port and date of arrival and more.

Family & Local Histories provides 7.5 million fully searchable pages and rare genealogical journals, local histories, atlases and primary sources. The 16,000 titles encompass towns and families from all 50 states, Canada and the British Isles from 1700 through present day.

Data on CD-ROM includes marriage and census information, family trees and much, much more. You’ll find records on over 300 million names. The online subscription contains the same information as the CD-ROM sets.)

Books, Videos, & More has Genealogy Publishing Company books. Over the years, this publisher has released over 2,000 books and CDs with new items added each month. You can search by title, author, surname or keywords to find books in seconds.

You can purchase each of these options individually or there are three different annual subscriptions available from Genealogy.com. Each of the annual subscriptions comes with the Family Tree Maker genealogy software.

You can search international and passenger records and access the World Family Tree Collection on Genealogy.com. These are the only collections on this site that focuses on international searches. Most of the databases are geared toward U.S. based genealogy searches.

With an annual subscription, you have access to Genealogy.com's community. You can look at web pages created by other clients, a virtual cemetery, celebrity family trees and message boards. The site also includes links to other popular genealogy search sites.

We found Genealogy.com a breeze to navigate with a user-friendly menu bar at the top of the screen.

However, there are some improvements the service could make. For example, some of the links on the left navigation bar in the "World Family Tree" screen took us to a screen with a message that said that this page had been moved and to click the back button. It would be helpful if Genealogy.com could remedy this issue to save time and make the site more straightforward.

Genealogy.com is a complete genealogy search site and provides the databases, search tools and information on genealogical research to help anyone discover their roots. Membership starts at $69.99 for a basic annual package. Genealogy does offer a gold subscription for $199.99 a year. This package is comparable to the top package offered by Ancestry.com. Though Ancestry.com's package includes a few more features, we would recommend using the trial periods before making your final decision.