Content by Karen Clifford
There are several online genealogy companies that provide good resources not available at FamilySearch. Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, and FindMyPast.com have formed a partnership with FamilySearch to help locate, index, and make available over 5.5 billion records in the next 30 years.
FamilySearch is free and contains millions of records before and after 1850. LIBR61 focuses on finding records before 1850. Ancestry also has many records such as Indexes and links to U.S. Military, FindAGrave, and their public member trees and links to other useful websites. Many people are not aware that Ancestry has the 1841-1891 British censuses online and are making other inroads into international records.
MyHeritage is especially helpful for those families searching for Eastern European, Scandinavian, Jewish, and German ancestors. They have one of the finest search engines in the world for finding your relatives once they are posted on their tree and returning the results to you.
FindMyPast focuses on the British Isles and who doesn’t need help with Irish ancestors? They are currently the leaders for updating the PERSI index which covers all the U.S. and many international periodicals—sources which provide births, deaths, marriages, military, and cultural history for both LIBR61 and LIBR62.
Using multiple genealogy online resources can be of benefit in searching for your family. If you wanted to sell your home for example, you would want to have the information on the MLS, and list on other multiple sites. You may even broadcast on TV, radio or magazines. This would bring more interested buyers to look at your home.
The same concept can be used when doing genealogy and researching your family. Often times you may have information that another family member may not have and vice versa.The names of your relatives can be entered into FamilySearch. If the names are posted here only, you may not get feedback from relatives who may be using other computer genealogy programs and have access to information you need.
Like listing a home and getting multiple interested buyers, family names entered at multiple sites such as Ancestry, MyHeritage, and FindMyPast opens up more avenues to find and share information world-wide about family relatives.