This list is based on several “top websites” lists (see below). The TGS does NOT endorse any of these particular websites over any others you may find or use.
Best Genealogy Search Service Comparisons and Reviews
Reviews of the Best Genealogy Sites
Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2015 -- from GenealogyInTime Magazine
"The website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. We provide our award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org, as the online repository for more than 1 billion searchable names from America and beyond."
“The largest for-profit genealogy company in the world, it operates a network of genealogical and historical record websites focused on the United States and nine foreign countries, develops and markets genealogical software, and offers a wide array of genealogical related services.”
“Archives.com gives you access to over 4.6 billion digital records, and is adding millions of new records to our collection every month! Census, vital, newspapers, obituaries, and more.”
“The Association of Professional Genealogists is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a high set of professional and ethical standards for genealogy research. With more than 1,500 members, the expert knowledge of their members covers a wide range of geographic, ethnic, and other specialties.”
“A list of services is available at this site. The Portal provides free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.”
NOTE: This subscription service is available at the Tallahassee Family History Center through the “Family History Center Portal” which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for Subscriptions.
“Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Viewing the full image in our state-of-the-art image viewer is not free, but we have opened up a select number of titles where you can view every document, annotate, comment and print for free.”
“Starting Sept. 5, 2014, Genealogy.com will be making a big change. GenForum message boards, Family Tree Maker homepages, and the most popular articles will be preserved in a read-only format, while several other features will no longer be available, including member subscriptions and the Shop.”
“GenealogyBank is a leading online genealogical resource from NewsBank, inc. Featuring a wealth of exclusive material-including modern obituaries and historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, military records, government documents and more-GenealogyBank helps you discover fascinating information about your family history.”
“Geni is the world's leading collaborative genealogy site. Our world family tree contains more than 77,778,593 connected profiles. Search Geni to find out how your ancestors are connected. The Geni community would love your help. Contributing is easy: sign up, add your relatives and invite them to help, and then build your tree until you can connect to the World Family Tree.”
Only available at participating Libraries, such as the "Family History Center Portal" at the Tallahassee Family History Center.
“A database, ……… which provides access to genealogy records and books, including census data, local histories, tax rolls, cemetery lists, military rosters, and more.”
“MyHeritage is a family-oriented social network service and genealogy website. It allows members to create their own family websites, share pictures and videos, organize family events, create family trees, and search for ancestors.With over 75 million users, MyHeritage is one of the largest sites in the social networking and genealogy field.”
A subscription service, HOWEVER, it can be accessed at any Leon Co. Public Library AND also through the "Family History Center Portal" at the Tallahassee Family History Center.
“Featuring more than 145 million newspapers and a powerful search engine, will allow you to search for your ancestors by name and to narrow your results by year and location to help you discover more about their daily lives. Our records span billions of names across hundreds of collections including birth, marriage, death, military, obituaries, photos and much more available for genealogists and family historians.”