Plotting your family tree can be an enlightening experience. But with so many websites out there, how do you find the one thats right for you? Weve rounded up five of the best, so whether you want to spend the family fortune, or just do it for free, youll find all the tools you need.
The Genealogist Treeview
Price: Starter £54.95 (a year), £28.95 (six months), £14.95 (three months), Premium £78.95 (a year) £29.95 (three months)
Link: The Genealogist
This website is very simple to use, though the navigation has a few bugs it kept zooming us out of our family tree, and not letting us zoom back in using our mouse, so we had to resort to the on-screen arrows. Annoying. You can find family members through Facebook, which is a real timesaver, as they will have already uploaded their information and photos. Its free to use but you have to pay for more advanced features like census information, and marriage, birth and death certificates. A years access costs £54.95, making it one of the cheapest sites tested.
Price: Platinum £80 (a year), £20 (a month), Standard £20 (a year), £4.95 (a month)
Link: Genes Reunited
Add up to ten relations to your family tree, and itll be imported to the Genes Reunited website. You can also register to sister site Friends Reunited and find people through that. It lets you search the database of certificates, censuses and newspaper archives for free, but you have to pay to read the documents. Membership costs £80 a year, making it the second cheapest pay-for site. You can also chat on the forum, and get tips from other people putting together their family trees. One of the better designed sites.
Price: Essential £95.40 (12 months) £10.95 (one month), Premium £95.40 (12 months) £10.95 (one month)
At £119.40 a year (£179.40 for international records), this is the priciest site on test. Its cleanly designed and simple to navigate, so putting together your family tree is a doddle. Its worth trying the 14-day free trial first to see if its for you though, as you could save yourself a bundle. Or you can sign up for just one month for £13.95, or access it on a pay-as-you-go basis (12 records in a 14-day period costs £6.95). The database is impressive, and you can sync to your Facebook account to add relatives. If money is no object, go for this one.
Find My Past
Price: £99.50 (12 months), £9.95 (one month)
Link: Find My Past
Like most others, this site offers a free 14-day trial, but then it costs £99.50 for 12 months (£129.50 for international records). That makes it the second priciest of the sites we tested. It offers some more comprehensive info than others (you can enter the addresses of people at their time of birth and death, for instance), but the tree itself is a little confusing it doesnt show it all on one page, and you cant zoom out. Bit of a mixed bag.
Link: Family Echo
This site is free to use, but its a bit limited you cant search any databases or link to Facebook. You can upload photos of your family members, however. You can also download your tree, then upload it into a piece of family tree software, or add it to your own website. Plus you can add events, and link to family members blogs and websites. A handy tool if you already have the basic information for your family tree.