Search Hints, Suggestions, and Review

Hints and Suggestions for Searching Family Trees at

Your best bet is to search first on the ancestor's first and last names along with estimated event date (birth or death).

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: has a large collection of family trees. A paid account is needed to see the details on people in family trees. A feature of is that you can get a "paid" account by uploading a GEDCOM. This appears to have encouraged many people to upload their family trees to This website does not have original documents, but does allow using source notes for citations.

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® Family Trees
  Feature Comment
x free family tree searches  
x paid family tree searches Paid searches show more detail.
  free viewing of pedigrees  
x paid viewing of pedigrees  
  free downloads of pedigrees  
  paid downloads of pedigrees  
  any supporting documentation shown with the family tree  
  free viewing of supporting documentation  
  paid viewing of supporting documentation  
x contact information for family tree submitter  
  ability to share editing of your family tree with others  
x ability to see all the trees or names submitted by a researcher  
  ability to restrict searches to updates since a specific time  
x searches with name of spouse Only if searching with a marriage date.
x searches with names of parents  
  searches with names of children  
x searches by place of birth  
x searches by place of marriage  
x searches by place of death  
x searches by country  
x searches by state, province, or political subdivision  
x searches by date of birth  
x searches by date of marriage  
x searches by date of death  
x ability to specify date ranges for searching  
x searches by exact spelling of names  
x searches by similar sounding spellings of names  
x uploading of your family tree  
  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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