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:
- 80 countries -- particularly: USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Mexico, and the UK
- 96 countries -- strong global outreach with a unique collection of Central & South American, African, and Asian records
- 7 countries -- focus is on UK and Irish records as well as US, Australia, and New Zealand
- Claims to cover 'all' countries -- primarily Europe and global Jewish collections
For more information, watch Sunny Morton's information presentation.