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Opinions on sites to do your family tree in

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By gaby.barbosa - Posted on 07 June 2019

I have all my family tree info in Family search, since it was the first site I used when I started working on my tree last year.

I am still very new at researching and learning new things constantly, thanks to this forum for example.

Now, I have considered taking this a little more seriously and want to have control of my information, so here is my question...

Which one, in your opinion is the best site to have your family tree that is not as expensive as ancestry? (I understand that building your tree in ancestry is free, but you cannot see records, unless you subscribe)

Thanks in advance for your opinions

Gaby Barbosa

Hi Gaby,

I have also wondered what the more experienced genealogists use. I started with Ancestry because it was easier to add information, add attachments and make changes but it did get expensive to keep and I saw myself searching for documents on family search. So I cancelled my subscription with them. Now I keep it on family search but it’s not your private family tree and anyone can make changes to it. I have noticed I lost people’s names I added. I would love to see what the more experienced people use. Hopefully someone will share with us what they use.


For full control of your tree you may want to consider buying and using a product such as RootsMagic 7 instead of using online sites.

RootsMagic 7 review

Hi mr alavarez,

Thank you, do you use this software?

Thank you,


For a time I did use it, yes. When I first started out a few years ago I wasn’t very organized or focused. I would research multiple lines at once and get lost, and my research was spread out across many pages of handwritten notes in manila folders, Excel files, folders of downloaded digital scans on multiple USB drives, emails, web browser bookmarks, and photocopies of texts and documents. It got to be overwhelming.

I considered building my family tree online, but just like you I wanted a great degree of control over it. I looked at various family history products before settling on RootsMagic. It was very affordable and it contained tools for analyzing my findings and for producing various types of reports and charts. At that time it was exactly what I needed to help me get organized and to make sense of my work, especially once I began working on the family trees of others. These days I don't rely on it so much, unless I start a new family history project.

I hope this helps and that you find the solution you’re looking for.

oh my gosh that is great information and thank you for recommending it and sharing. Some of the things you mention sound like me and I’m all over the place because I’m so excited but I need to learn to focus on one family. That was great advise for us beginners. I down loaded it and it already looks easy friendly.

Many thanks,


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