Family Search is a great website for family history, but did you know that there are other family history websites out there that offer a variety of features that you won’t find on Family Search? They also may have records that Family Search doesn’t have. I find when I’m doing research, it’s good to try several sites to find records. Here’s a handful that are worth checking out:
- Ancestry. You are able to host your own personal pedigree charts. It also has records not available on Family Search.
- Mooseroots. This is a database of family history records. It has a really cool feature that will put together a timeline of your ancestor’s life with historical events and context included.
- FindMyPast. You can host your own family tree and they have their own database of records. It also has tutorials for different aspects of family history.
- MyHeritage. Create your own family tree and search their record database.
- Family.me. Build your family tree and access their record database.
- Puzzilla. Allows you to see multiple generations in a fan chart to find ancestors and those who need temple work. Great if you want to work several generations away from yourself.
- Find-A-Record interacts with Family Search as a search engine to help you find problems and available ordinances in your pedigree chart.
- Kinpoint also interacts with Family Search. It compiles a fan chart with dots next to names where there is research or temple work to do. The dots are color-coded based on what needs to be done, creating an to do list at a glance.
- All My Cousins interacts with Family Search and provides similar features to Find-A-Record and Kinpoint.
- Rootsbid connects family historians with people who live in areas where they need work done. You can post a project and people bid on it.
- Ancestor Cloud connects researchers with willing helpers and professional genealogists.
Bonus Tip: Here’s how to connect your Family Search account to their partners, if you haven’t already.
- Click the pull-down menu in the top, right corner that says “Get Help”.
- Click Help Center.
- Scroll down to where it says “Partners” and click on it.
- Click on Our Partners
- Click the link to the Family Search partner you want to connect
- Click the button that says “Create your free account” and follow the instructions.
Do you have a favorite family history website that I didn’t mention? Please tell me about it in the comments!
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