There are so many online genealogy sites for your family tree and DNA results! These are some of my faves!
These are my preferred online genealogy sites for my family tree and DNA results:
There is not one site better than the other, and each one offers something different and caters to what you may need or are looking for. Everyone has their own preferences on which sites they like best, these are just some of mine.
Ancestry and AncestryDNA:
I love the layout of Ancestry.com for your tree; it's easy to use, and easy on the eyes. I feel it's the most up to date and best place to store my tree. It's also free to store your tree on!
I love all the records you can get online for Ancestry.com, but over the years, as they have tried to make their search engine better, I have found it to be super frustrating at times, and not as great as before. A lot of the time, I keep Family Search open, while on Ancestry, to use their search engine for records that I know will be available there. I feel their search engine is much more accurate, easier to use, and better with name variations.
I feel Ancestry.com has the best DNA matching for me. I like their large pool of matches (they have the largest match database), and the aesthetics. This is where I get the most matches from, and rely heavily on my matching. I also love the new grouping feature they developed to group your matches, it makes it much easier to tell who the majority of your matches are, to build a DNA tree!
Years ago, I felt FamilyTreeDNA gave me my most accurate ethnicity, but over the years, I feel Ancestry has the most accurate ethnicity estimate for me, even though they're constantly changing it!
Ancestry and AncestryDNA Udate (4/25/2022):
There have been a lot of updates to Ancestry since this original post, as all the sites constantly update their sites, features, and tools. Some of those updates are bigger ones that we notice and get excited about, and some are so small that we didn't even know they happened, but ALL updates help us in more ways than we're aware of. Ancestry has come out with their new Deep Dive feature that you can read about in Ancestry's New Deep Dive Census Record Feature!, a whole new look to their pages and a new photo editor tool that you can read about in Genealogy Resources: Ancestry's New Photo Editor and New Look Updates!, their new 1950 Census District Finder tool that you can read about in Get Ready for the 1950 Census with New Updates and FREE Cool Helps from Ancestry!, and their new DNA SideView feature that you can read about in Ancestry's New SideView Ethnicity Inheritance DNA Feature! Plus they have updated their ethnicity results a couple of times since this original post.
This was the first site I had tested on over 10 years ago, and I was super excited! To be honest, I hadn't gotten a taste of what was to come with the other sites I tested with later!
I feel FamilyTreeDNA is the best for deeper ancestry, and gives you amazing information!
I originally tested with 23andMe, for their medical aspect, years ago for fun! Who would've thought that they would have so many other features that I like! I really love 23andMe's DNA presentation! They present it in such an awesome, informative, easy to use, organized, and fun way! You can even order a book about your DNA!
I love that MyHeritage gives me matches of people in Europe, so far back, that I don't get on the other sites! They have awesome photo tools, and I love their family tree charts you can print out!!!
Unlike Ancestry, MyHeritage has many DNA tools such as their Chromosome Browser, AutoClusters, and more. To be honest, I have always had what I needed from Ancestry and DNA Painter, so haven't tried them out yet. This was also the last site I tested with, and it wasn't until recently (when they had a FREE upload special going on), so I haven't had much time to play around with it yet. That's next on my list of things to do!
MyHeritage Update (4/25/2022):
MyHeritage just keeps outdoing themselves with their photo tools! Since this post, they came out with DeepNostalgia that brings your photos to life, which you can read about in my posts, The My Heritage Deep Nostagia Tool: Photos Brought to Life! and As of Today, a New Games Changer from MyHeritage!. They came out with a photo resoration tool, and they recently came out with their updated color restoration, which you can read about in MyHeritage In Color: Updated Photo Color Restoration. The best yet, is their newest release, LiveStory, in which you can make your ancestors talk and tell their own stories! You can read about it in MyHeritage Livestory: Make Your Ancestor's Photos Talk and Tell their Story! I absolutely love MyHeritage's photo tools and can't get enough! I think they're a must in everyone's genealogy toolbox to enhance your family history!
They recently added Labels, which is color coding for your DNA matches, and they also added a new Family Tree Timeline feature.
I absolutely love FamilySearch for their records, search engine, research Wiki, Communities, resources, interactive activities, classes, pretty much EVERYTHING! Their Collaborative Tree is great for beginners, and people looking to connect, but I feel is not the place to STORE your online tree for advance users, as that is not what it is meant for. If you use it as a place to STORE or share YOUR Particular family tree, you will most likely be extremely frustrated, as it is a COLLABORATIVE tree, for everyone to collaborate on in that family line. It is a tree for everyone, not just your tree anymore, so keep that in mind.
More Genealogy Research and DNA Resources:
Learn about other resources you can use for your family history and DNA research to help build your family tree, under the Genealogy Resources category and on my dedicated Genealogy Resources page.
Have you used all of these sites? What is your preferred family tree storage site, all-in-one online research site, and DNA results site? Let me know in the comments below!
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