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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Your Top 5 or 10 Fee-Based Genealogy Sites

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!



Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):


1)  Ken McKinlay posted My Top 10 Fee-based Genealogy Sites this past week, so I’ve made it the challenge this week (thanks to Linda Stufflebean for the suggestion!).

2)  List your Top 5 or 10 top fee-based genealogy sites, and a short reason for listing them.

3)  Share you list on your own blog, in a comment on this post, or on Facebook.  Please leave a link to your list wherever it is.

Here’s mine:

1)  Ancestry.com — it has the most record collections, the most complex search system, the most record hints, etc.  I do a lot of my record finding there.  I’m in it every day.

2)  AmericanAncestors.org — I have so many New England ancestral families and AA has so many records that other sites don’t have.  This is my go-to site for probate records in estate file form, for many vital records, etc.  I’m in it every week at least.

3)  FamilyTreeWebinars.com — this is my favorite education site, with several recorded webinars every week and a library of about 1,400 webinars.  Amazing breadth her.  I’m in it every week.

4)  MyHeritage.com — it has many collections, and some are unique to MyHeritage.  The record hints are more accurate than any other site.  I love the search by source for people in my MyHeritage tree.  I’m in it several times a week.

5)  Newspapers.com — the newspaper collections are wonderful, but the OCR indexing leaves something to be desired.  I’m in this site several times a week, often as a result of a Hint on Ancestry.  

6)  Findmypast.com — it also has many collections, and some are unique to Findmypast.  I have many English (but no Irish, Scots or Welsh!) ancestral families so the breadth here is very useful.   I wish it had more from records Wiltshire and Somerset, though.  I use the NewspaperArchive and PERSI links occasionally.  I’m in this site several times a week.
7)  GenealogyBank.com — this newspaper site (plus other useful collections) is excellent, and includes the San Diego papers.  I’m in this site at least once a week.

8)  Geni.com — this collaborative family tree can be very useful for finding one-name study people, for other researchers with my ancestors, and for relationships with famous people.  I’m in it at least once a week.

9)  Fold3.com — this site is my go-to site for military records, and it used to be the only site with indexed city directories and big city newspapers.  I’m in this site several times a month.

10)  FamilyTreeDNA.com (I count this as fee-based because I had to pay to use it) — this DNA site is excellent, and the family trees can help me find distant cousins and most recent common ancestors.

That’s my ten.  I don’t use Archives.com or VitalSearch.com; I do use 23andMe.com but they don’t have match’s trees; I don’t have a GEDmatch Tier 1 subscription; I do have a Genetic Affairs monthly subscription which was very helpful for DNA clusters before Ancestry canceled it;  I do have Virtual Genealogical Society and DNA Central subscriptions; I don’t subscribe to ScotlandsPeople or The Genealogist or any Irish fee site; I don’t have any other subscriptions to other fee-based sites to my knowledge.  I didn’t consider software programs, genealogical or historical societies (except for NEHGS/AmericanAncestors) subscriptions.  

I know I’ve missed or forgotten about some websites – I look forward to exploring some that others comment on.

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Best of the Genea-Blogs – 3 to 9 May 2020

Dozens of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.


My criteria for “Best of …” are pretty simple – I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don’t list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.


Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

How to Analyze Genealogical Sources: Part Five by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star.

Virtual Genealogy Education Opportunities by Diana Elder on Family Locket.

But I Don’t Know Where in Ireland? by Donna Moughty on Irish Family Roots.

Tuesday’s Tips:  Gettin’ By with Help From Our Friends – Dan Earl by Cheri Hudson Passey on Carolina Girl Genealogy.

Beyond Ancestry.com: Dig Deeper Into Family History by Claudia C. Breland on Genealogy and Online Research Claudia c. Breland.

Genealogy Blog Party Ceebrate National Photography Month by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

Facebook for Genealogists: Finding Old Posts by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie’s Genealogy & history Hub.

Not the First … and Not the Last by Dave Robison on Old Bones Genealogy of New England – Blog.

In Praise of Tax Lists by Michael Grow on Vita Brevis.

Finding Enslaved Ancestors Using DNA by Sunny Morton on Your DNA Guide.

How To Analyze Your Genealogy Research by Amy Johnson Crow on Amy Johnson Crow.

European Ancestors – Researching Italian Roots by Julie Goucher on Julie Goucher ~ Angler’s Rest.

Three Big Lessons From Genealogy by John Gilbert IV in Ever Widening Circle.

Searching the Library of Congress Virtually by Gena Philibert-Ortega on Legacy News.

Connecting the DNA Dots by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

 Friday’s Family History Finds  by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

 Friday Fossicking, 8th May 2020 by Crissouli on That Moment in Time.

This Week’s Creme de la Creme — May 9, 2020  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte,

 Saturday Serendipity (May 9, 2020) by John D. Tew on Filiopietism Prism.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and  read their articles, and add the blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also – all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.


Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I currently am reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.


Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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