Search Hints, Suggestions, and Review

Hints and Suggestions for Searching Family Trees at has a weak or confusing search capability. Your best bet is to use a birth date and either the spouse or father for the "relative name" option when searching. Searching with a birth place or a death date can sometimes provide poor search results at It is not recommended when searching for family trees. The confusion comes from having a street/city/zip field and a birth country field for searching. It appears that the former is for current address searches. The latter birth country is of little use if, for example, you want to narrow searches down to states in the United States. If cannot find an exact match, it will attempt to find a close match.

Ways to Search Family Trees

  • The Best Way to Search Family Trees: Go to Your Active Family Tree Searches on this website for easier searching. At Your Active Family Tree Searches page, you need only to enter your ancestor data once to search all the websites. Your Active Family Tree Searches is a free service that creates the optimal searches for your ancestor data to help with researching your genealogy.
  • Manually search family trees yourself. This will open a new window so you can refer back to the search hints and suggestions above as well as the review below.

Review of Family Trees

Highlights: You can interactively build your own public tree. As of this review, it is not possible to download your family tree. This limits your ability to use a download (usually a GEDCOM) on other family tree websites. The documentation for a fact about an ancestor is free on this website. It is, however, a transcription. You cannot view the original documentation. Also, see the limitations on searches mentioned in the Hints and Suggestions for Searching Family Trees section above.

For more features, see the table below.

See the definition of terms for any questions on the meaning of the entries in the table below.

Features of Computerized Ancestor Family Trees
  Feature Comment
x free family tree searches  
  paid family tree searches  
x free viewing of pedigrees  
  paid viewing of pedigrees  
  free downloads of pedigrees  
  paid downloads of pedigrees  
x any supporting documentation shown with the family tree  
x free viewing of supporting documentation  
  paid viewing of supporting documentation  
  contact information for family tree submitter  
x ability to share editing of your family tree with others Multiple editors allowed.
  ability to see all the trees or names submitted by a researcher  
  ability to restrict searches to updates since a specific time  
  searches with name of spouse  
  searches with names of parents  
  searches with names of children  
  searches by place of birth  
  searches by place of marriage  
  searches by place of death  
x searches by country  
x searches by state, province, or political subdivision  
x searches by date of birth  
  searches by date of marriage  
  searches by date of death  
  ability to specify date ranges for searching  
x searches by exact spelling of names  
x searches by similar sounding spellings of names  
  uploading of your family tree  
x interactive editing of the online version of your family tree  
x ability to delete the online version of your family tree  
  ability to keep your family tree private, should you prefer that  
  automatic suggestions for matches in other family trees or documents based on your family tree  
  Your DNA results can be attached to your family tree Search Hints Context

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