Funny that the release of Family Tree Magazine‘s milestone 15th list of the 101 Best Sites for tracing family history coincides with my milestone 40th birthday.
Both online genealogy and I have come a long way in 15 years. But you care more about online genealogy, so let’s talk about that: Our first list of 101 Best Websites for genealogy, back in April 2000 (before I was on staff here, although I did write for the magazine at the time), includes a number of websites that are no longer around, a bunch of how-to sites, and lots of looooong URLs.
Nowadays, expectations are high: Genealogists want genealogy data, a powerful yet easy-to-use search, and to see the records with our ancestors’ names. We want to be able to share records with family members and connect with long-lost cousins. We want to find what we’re looking for in just a couple of clicks, and we want a bargain. Whether we genealogists admit it or not, we can be hard to please, and so my hat is off a dozen times to the businesses, organizations, individuals and volunteers who manage the sites on the 101 Best Websites list for 2014.
It’s also in the September 2014 Family Tree Magazine, which is now mailing to subscribers and will be on newsstands and at Family Tree Shop Aug. 19.
Of course the best genealogy site for you is the one that has the information you need, so don’t stop with this list. Individuals and organizations work hard to maintain zillions of genealogy websites big and small. Use our list as a springboard to other sites related to the surnames, places and historical eras of interest to you. These simple web search tips can help you find them.