Search Hints, Suggestions, and Review

Hints and Suggestions for Searching Family Trees at has a limited search capability. So, it is best to search on as much as you can.

Ways to Search Family Trees

  • The Best Way to Search Family Trees: Go to 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 search results contain any matching public family trees along with possible other records that might match. You can interactively build your own public tree. As of this review, it is not possible to download your public tree. This limits your ability to use a download (usually a GEDCOM) on other family tree websites.

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 Family Tree Search Hints Context

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