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Old 11-29-2017, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Hoping to find out more about my past ancestors etc.

Do you have a favorite site and were you pleased with results you obtained...?
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Old 11-29-2017, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Ancestry.com is the biggest online records database for genealogy. FamilySearch is the biggest FREE online records database for genealogy (but it is still not as big as Ancestry). There are other options like MyHeritage.com and FindMyPast.com which are nowhere near as big as Ancestry - sometimes they have collections that aren't available elsewhere (for example, FindMyPast has Catholic church record from Philadelphia, not available elsewhere online) but whether they would be relevant to your research depends on what you need.

I am very pleased with what Ancestry.com offers. I'm not always pleased with their customer support, but the product (not just the records, but the tree builder and the overall functionality of the website to make for a smooth workflow) is invaluable. If you can't afford it, see if your local library offers free access to it.
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Old 11-30-2017, 04:52 AM
 
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Geni.com is another option.
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Old 11-30-2017, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Geni.com is another option.
I thought Geni just hosted family trees, it doesn't provide any records. Without records, I would not use it as a source of data. Some trees might include citations to relevant records, but you'd have to find and verify those records from another source like Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org anyway. Same goes for Wikitree.

Additionally, they appear to a universal family tree (like Wikitree and like FamilySearch), meaning I wouldn't host your sole/working tree there, as anyone can add to or edit it and potentially mess it up.
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:10 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Hoping to find out more about my past ancestors etc.

Do you have a favorite site and were you pleased with results you obtained...?
This will be a quick reply. I'm out, I typed a longer reply and lost it. See my thread below. I tell about different family tree sites plus uploading DNA results from 23 and me or Ancestry to free databases like GEDmatch and My Heritage for free ethnicity and family matching and FTDNA for free family matching.

//www.city-data.com/forum/genea...l#post49250127

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Old 11-30-2017, 10:41 AM
 
Location: The High Desert
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I recently got back into family history after a hiatus of over five years or so and decided to subscribe to Ancestry. I'm cheap and didn't want to spend the money. I've been pretty impressed at the improvements and how it all works together once you get a family tree installed. I had previously used it for sporadic searches. It is the best I've seen.
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Old 12-02-2017, 10:02 AM
 
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i like ancestry but everything is for money. some that are really great are Family search.org. the mormon search people and one called Heritage, i like just heritage, not the "my heritage" one. Im sorry its "Heritage quest"
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Old 12-02-2017, 01:07 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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If you are just starting out to research your family tree, after you exhaust Ancestry, FamilySearch, and other large databases, try looking on https://www.cyndislist.com/ for some of the more obscure, mostly free, databases that are available on the Internet.

USGenWeb Project - Always Free is another.
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:55 AM
 
Location: NJ
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i like ancestry but everything is for money. some that are really great are Family search.org. the mormon search people and one called Heritage, i like just heritage, not the "my heritage" one. Im sorry its "Heritage quest"
Never heard of it or used it. I believe this is the link
HeritageQuest Online
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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i like ancestry but everything is for money. some that are really great are Family search.org. the mormon search people and one called Heritage, i like just heritage, not the "my heritage" one. Im sorry its "Heritage quest"
HeritageQuest, as far as I know, is a resource for libraries. And it's "powered by Ancestry".
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