When it comes to researching your genealogy, mobile apps are a great way to access your trees while you’re away. Here’s a fresh lineup of must-use free genealogy mobile apps from the top four major websites.
First things first: Findmypast has finally released a mobile app! Now all four giant genealogy websites—Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage—are easy to use on-the-go. These genealogy apps are free, and can be used with your free guest log-in or paid subscription. You’ll get the same access to features as you do on the full sites. So download these free genealogy apps to make and share family history discoveries whenever and wherever you are.
1. Ancestry and AncestryDNA apps
Ancestry.com has two genealogy mobile apps available. Their regular, award-winning app currently ranks as the 7th most popular of all reference apps in the Apple App Store, and enjoys at least a 4-star rating across all platforms. Use the app to consult or add to your tree, review automated record hints, share your discoveries, and search for records. This genealogy app is also compatible with the Apple Watch. You can work with hints right from your watch, keep up with comments, use voice dictation to respond to comments, and get on-this-day alerts for events from your tree.
I can use my regular Ancestry app to access DNA ethnicity results and matches, but thanks to the AncestryDNA app it’s even more convenient to access this information. This app (for iOS, Google Play only) let’s you specifically explore ethnicity, work with matches, and even order new DNA tests.
2. FamilySearch Family Tree and FamilySearch Memories apps
FamilySearch has two free genealogy mobile apps: Family Tree and Memories. Use the Family Tree app to consult and contribute to the free collaborative tree on FamilySearch.org. More than 5 million people have contributed information on more than 1.2 billion people on this site. Include your own on-the-go by adding people or searching for and adding historical records to profiles.
The FamilySearch Memories app focuses on capturing stories and photos, then letting you attach them to a relative’s profile on the Family Tree. The idea is to use your mobile device to capture memories as they happen by taking photos of loved ones or important documents. You can use these genealogy mobile apps to audio-record oral history interviews (which you can learn to do here).
FamilySearch apps are available for iOS, Android, and Google devices, including Chromebook and Kindle/Amazon Fire; click here to access.
3. Findmypast app (new!)
Just released in December 2018, the new Findmypast genealogy mobile app is off to a decent start. According to the app description, you can use it to “search, add to, and update your Findmypast family tree,” but user comments reveal that there isn’t a tree view yet (you can view individual ancestral profiles). The ability to review record hints within the app is especially good, given that Findmypast has been expanding the records included in hinting lately.
Other functions of this genealogy app include: upload photos to your tree from your mobile device, get tips to help your tree grow, order DNA tests through Findmypast partner Living DNA, and more.
4. MyHeritage app
MyHeritage is especially known for its tech tools, and its free genealogy mobile app doesn’t disappoint. In fact, the app enjoys a healthy 4.7-out-of-5 rating from more than 7,500 iOS users!
Most of the full-site features and languages are available on the app version as well. Build your family tree, review automated record and tree hinting, and scan and upload photos to relatives’ profiles right from your mobile device. Those with DNA results on the site can access DNA ethnicity and matches information.
Resources: Learn more about the major genealogy sites!
I love comparing the giant genealogy websites to each other. This helps genealogists better understand how to get the most out of all of them!
Learn how they stack up in my one-of-a-kind quick reference guide, “Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites”.
Want to find out how to navigate through their rich record content? Check out my video class, “Who’s Got What? Comparing Records at the Giant Genealogy Websites.”
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