Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Comparing the 'Big 4'



Ancestry, FamilySearch, findmypast, and MyHeritage are currently the four biggest genealogy databases available. Which one(s) should you be using? Are they worth purchasing a subscription?

At this year's RootTech, Sunny Morton compared the "Big 4" to help users understand which databases best fit their research needs. You can watch her discussion here.

Ms. Morton says that when choosing a database, you need to consider what you need right now. Remember that no one website will have what you need all of the time.

The biggest question you probably have is: Which site holds the historical records I want? Here is a brief overview of the databases:

Ancestry.com
  • 80 countries -- particularly: USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Mexico, and the UK
FamilySearch
  • 96 countries -- strong global outreach with a unique collection of Central & South American, African, and Asian records
findmypast
  • 7 countries -- focus is on UK and Irish records as well as US, Australia, and New Zealand
MyHeritage
  • Claims to cover 'all' countries -- primarily Europe and global Jewish collections

For more information, watch Sunny Morton's information presentation.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Census Records

Do you have questions about how to use census records in your genealogy research? Attend our class on April 12 to learn census research tips. 

Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500.