There are literally hundreds of thousands of websites dedicated to genealogy and family history, but not all are created equal. Here is a rundown on some of the most important and useful websites for your research:
FamilyTreeDNA is the best overall for serious genealogists. One major perk is, even if you do get your testing done by a different company, FamilyTreeDNA lets you upload your raw data into their system as well. Learn more here.
AncestryDNA is a great second choice when it comes to genealogical DNA testing. They have the most extensive database of DNA results for comparison and many other features for genealogists, but a few more drawbacks than Family Tree. Learn more here.
MyHeritage is a long-established genealogical site, but they have only started offering DNA services very recently, so they have a ways to go to catch up to Family Tree and Ancestry. Learn more here.
Ancestry.com provides access to billions of family history records and let’s you create your family tree online. You can connect with others, share research and even link your DNA to your family tree. This is a must have resource. Get a 14 day free trial here.
Newspapers.com has digitized more than 5,000 different newspapers stretching as far back as the 1700s, and is constantly adding new images. Get a free 7 day trial here.
Fold3 specializes in military records from the Revolutionary War to the present. If your ancestors ever served in the military, you have a good chance of finding them there. Get a free 7 day trial here.
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services each year to learn more about their family history.
Legacy Family Tree Webinars: Learn genealogy at your own pace with a monthly or annual webinar membership. With a webinar membership, you get on-demand access to their entire video archives, and access to the instructors’ handouts. Watch via your computer or mobile device. Learn more here.
Family Tree: Whether you are a budding family historian or an advanced researcher, Family Tree is built as a home for expert advice you can trust, a hub for discovery, and a resource destination that empowers. Learn more here.