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How do you find the best free ancestry website?

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To find the best genealogy website, determine the features that are important to you, such as number of searchable databases, access to domestic and international records, and ease of use through traditional and mobile websites. Ancestry and FamilySearch are two of the largest sites with several such features.

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Ancestry boasts a collection of over 4 million historical records with more added daily. It also claims to have the world’s only complete U.S census collection available online. One feature, the ability to view over 20 million historical photos, is highly desired by many ancestry hobbyists. Ancestry also claims to have the largest collection of military and immigration records available online.

FamilySearch is a free-to-use site that actively competes with Ancestry and was created by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The site has comparable features, but it is available for free to the public. It also encourages members to upload their family trees, which, in turn, improves the records available to users.

Findmypast.com originated in the United Kingdom, so users who know that their lineage traces back to Europe might want to join the for-fee service to gain access to its extensive databases. The site includes resources such as U.K. census records, church records, and newspapers from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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