Best Family Tree Websites of 2015

By David A. Fryxell Premium

Find ancestors, share your results, and back up your research online with these family tree building websites.

Computer crashes happen, and what if one claimed your painstakingly entered genealogy data? This free site backs up most popular genealogy programs’ trees off-site, including up to 25 previous versions in case you accidentally delete Aunt Agatha’s family.
Busy building the World Family Tree, Geni lets you add your data to its 90-plus million names for free and will notify you of potential matches. A $119.40 annual Pro membership adds full search results, including record matches from owner MyHeritage.
If your family tree already resides on, this clever website will visualize it in new ways on charts that spotlight avenues for further research. A new premium option ($39.95 a year) adds a rainbow of color-coded hints.
Home to the WorldConnect Project, now totaling more than 640 million searchable names, this venerable volunteer site also is the place to turn for genealogy mailing lists, user-contributed databases and message boards.
One of the first online tree sites, launched in 2000, Tribal Pages has grown to more than 300,000 private and secure pedigree websites totaling 250 million names. TribalPages automatically generates ancestor, descendant and family charts for each name plus printable reports.
Another universal-tree site, this wiki-style collaborative now connects nearly 10 million people contributed by more than 270,000 genealogists.
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From the September 2015 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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